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Current and announced projects

The Department of Transport and Main Roads owns and maintains over 430 pieces of marine infrastructure valued at about $153 million. These include assets such as state boat harbours, boat ramps, jetties, pontoons, floating walkways, channels, and breakwaters/rock groynes.

The Queensland Government has committed to a $30 million 2-year extension of the Marine Infrastructure Fund (MIF) running from July 2018 to June 2020 to provide new and upgraded recreational boating facilities. Projects to be delivered under the MIF from July 2018 to June 2020 were announced by the Labor Government during the 2017 election campaign. The projects were identified through the 2017 Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study.

The MIF is the capital component of the Marine Infrastructure Investment Program (MIIP). The MIF and MIIP fund:

  • public recreational boating facilities for launching and retrieving recreational trailer boats
  • maintaining depths in state boat harbours and selected high-use channels to ensure access to the busiest recreational boating facilities
  • pontoons and jetties for deeper-draught vessels such as yachts and powerboats, for pick-up and set-down of passengers and supplies, and limited commercial use.
Location/facility State electorate Scope of works Funding source Status

Far North

Rosehill dinghy harbour Cook Maintenance dredging MIIP TMR investigations continuing.
Newell Beach Cook New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Tender for detailed design has been advertised.  Detailed design to be awarded and approvals commenced in August 2019.
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways MIF Cairns Regional Council financial support gained for project.  Detailed design tender closed in July 2019. Detailed design contract  awarded 8 August 2019. Environmental approvals process commencing in August 2019. TMR has released investigative reports for this project. Please see the project web page.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp MIF Construction plan approved. Fixed sloping walkway design submitted for review and approval July 2019. Possession of site provided to contractor 17 July 2019. Contractor to commence excavation of ramp, installation of piles and placement of precast insitu concrete ramp elements August 2019.
Mission Beach Clump Point Hill Widen boat ramp, additional floating walkway, upgrade breakwater, new detached breakwater, jetty, and pontoons DSD/MIIP Element 2 (in-water works) preliminaries completed, and design commenced. Element 1 works progressing. Core and filter rock layers completed in July 2019.  Detached breakwater and boat ramp construction nearing completion in August 2019.
Green Island jetty upgrade Cairns Repair/replacement of sections of concrete deck and piles treatment/replacement of corroded reinforcement bars, repairs to abutment MIIP Contract awarded in June 2019 to SRG Services Australia. Works planned to commence February 2020.

Mackay / Whitsunday

Molongle Beach Road, Molongle Creek Burdekin Entrance channel deepening MIIP Spoil pond design and reserve relocation progressed in July 2019. Dredging approvals commencing in August 2019. TMR-owned lots resurveyed and combined into a single lot (and creek boundary redefined) in July 2019.
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp MIF Concept layout finalised June 2019. Pre-lodgement meeting held with regulatory agencies July 2019. Mackay Regional Council progressing car-trailer parking layout concept sketch and investigating road reserve changes.  Ecological survey planned for August 2019.
Dingo Beach, Cape Gloucester Whitsunday Upgraded boat ramp MIF Tender period closed 2 August 2019. Consultant engaged to prepare and submit tidal works approval. Native title notification made to claimant. Tenders being evaluated in August 2019. Native title notification period early September 2019. Contract award early September 2019.
Shute Harbour Whitsunday Improvements to recreational boat launching infrastructure MIF Liaison with Whitsunday Regional Council continuing.

Fitzroy

Banksia Road, Stanage Bay Mirani Upgrade existing boat ramp and install breakwater and floating walkway MIF Breakwater completed June 2019. Piling and construction of the boat ramp progressing July 2019. Practical completion planned for September 2019.
Casuarina Creek and Inkerman Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New 2-lane boat ramp with a floating walkway at Casuarina Creek.

New single-lane boat ramp at Inkerman Creek
MIF Geotechnical field work completed (where allowed) June 2019. Rockhampton Regional Council progressing changes to land tenure with stakeholders.
Thompson Point Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp plus floating walkway MIF Ecological survey completed. Detailed design completed July 2019. Progress Resource Allocation Authority to use part of Fish Habitat Area for construction August 2019.
Corbetts Landing Keppel New boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Detailed design progressing. Environmental scoping and assessment report prepared. Geotechnical report drafted in June 2019. Drawings and specification to be completed August 2019.  Consultant to be engaged to undertake environmental approvals in August 2019. Tenders to be advertised once approvals are gained.

Wide Bay / Burnett

March Street, Maryborough Maryborough Replacement of the existing jetty with a new 30m pontoon MIIP Piling work and demolition continued through July 2019. Completion of works planned for late August 2019.
Ross Street, Burrum Heads  Maryborough Installation of pontoon MIIP  Tender documentation finalised June 2019. Advertised tender July 2019. Contract to be awarded August 2019.

North Coast

Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin Murrumba Installation of floating walkway MIF Resurveyed the land next to the boat ramp to establish the valid tidal boundary June 2019. Finalised the design as per the new tidal boundary July 2019.
Uhlmann Road, Burpengary East Bancroft Installation of new floating walkway MIF Construction works off-site June 2019. On‑site construction started July 2019.

Metropolitan

Lamb Island Redlands Feasibility study for new boat ramp MIIP Tina Avenue site identified. Hydrographic survey received. Joint RCC/TMR feasibility study to progress during 2019, projected for completion by December 2019. Council and TMR representatives briefed Lamb Island Residents Association March 2019.
William St, Cleveland Point Oodgeroo Extend breakwater MIIP Jointly funded breakwater extension project between Redland City Council and TMR. Site works commenced early July 2019. Works scheduled for completion November 2019.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate Upgrade boat launching facility MIF Design completed June 2019. Development applications submitted July 2019. Soil and contaminated land assessment planned for August 2019.

South Coast

Riedel Road, Carbrook Macalister New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF

Preliminary design completed June 2019. Preparing design drawings, tender documents and environmental approvals July 2019. Design planned to be completed August 2019. Environment approval applications to be submitted in August 2019.

In assessing and prioritising projects for inclusion into the program, Transport and Main Roads considers the following:

  • community consultation – web-based (Transport and Main Roads)
  • the latest state-wide demand forecasting study incorporating:  
    • demographic forecasts 
    • boating catchment vessel registration analysis
    • community and agency consultation (led by project consultant)
  • maximising benefits for the boating public
  • state-wide equity considerations within the scope of available funding
  • submissions from councils and port authorities
  • agreement from land-side partners (councils and port authorities) who are willing to commit resources/funding, based on their budget priorities
  • site suitability including:  
    • land availability
    • detailed engineering feasibility
    • detailed environmental feasibility and constraints (eg marine parks, fish habitat areas, and other protected areas).

For more information on recreational boating infrastructure please visit the Recreational boating infrastructure page on the Maritime Safety Queensland website, or to comment, please email: boatinginfrastructure@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Last updated
19 August 2019