Current and announced projects

We own and maintain 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. 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
Weipa, Evans Landing Cook Upgrade pontoon to attenuate wave action Tenders closed mid-September. Expect to award contract late September.
Newell Beach Cook New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Environmental approvals submitted in August. Floor level surveys risk assessment and project scope correction to be completed in September.
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways MIF Deed of agreement executed November 2019 (available on webpage). State approvals were granted in September. Federal approvals in progress.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp MIF Practical completion of the boat ramp component of the works was achieved on the 22 July 2020. Design of raised walkway continuing. The ramp is temporarily open to the public pending walkway works.
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) completed 22 September 2020. Finalisation of Element 1 (civil works) scheduled for completion November 2020. Ramp close to general public from 26 September until completion of Element 1 civil works.
Green Island jetty upgrade Cairns Repair/replacement of sections of concrete deck and piles treatment/replacement of corroded reinforcement bars, repairs to abutment MIIP Project completed in August 2020.
Coconuts, Fern Street Hill Resurfacing and extension of boat ramp MIF/MIIP Planning stage
Charters Towers Weir Traeger Boat ramp repair MIIP Planning stage
Mackay / Whitsunday
Molongle Beach Road, Molongle Creek

Deed of agreement
Burdekin Entrance channel deepening MIIP Disposal facility: contract awarded in mid-September.
Dredging: boundary re-alignment expected to be completed in September to allow environmental approvals to be re-submitted. Dredging tenders scheduled to be called late 2020 with dredging to commence towards end of coming cyclone season.
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp MIF Development application submitted in August. Tender documents to be drafted in September. Consent from Mackay Regional Council to become the appointed manager and to fund landside works remains outstanding.
Slade Point, Mackay Mackay New boat ramp MIIP $1 million grant contribution by TMR to Mackay Regional Council. Works expected mid-2021.
Shute Harbour Whitsunday Improvements to recreational boat launching infrastructure MIF Design of raised walkway and ramp upgrade being modified due to shallow rock conditions. Design to be finalised in September. Project to commence late 2020.
Mackay, River Street Mackay Safety improvements to boat ramp Development application submitted in August.
Fitzroy
Casuarina Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New 2-lane boat ramp with a floating walkway at Casuarina Creek. MIF Rockhampton Regional Council (RRC) progressing changes to land tenure. Revised concept configuration including minor location shift ready to progress once land tenure issues are resolved.
Inkerman Creek(off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New single-lane boat ramp at Inkerman Creek MIF Rockhampton Regional Council progressing changes to land tenure. Approval applications and studies for environmental approvals continuing. GPCL progressing carpark design.
Thompson Point Keppel New 2-lane boat ramp plus floating walkway MIF Contract awarded in August.
Corbetts Landing Keppel New boat ramp and floating walkway MIF Contract awarded in August.
North Coast
Golden Beach Caloundra Ramp resurface MIIP Detailed design commenced in August, to be completed in September.
Metropolitan
Victoria Point Redlands Dredging the channel to the northern ramp MIIP Contract to be awarded in September.
Amity Point Oodgeroo Jetty assessment and repairs MIIP Repair work underway.

In assessing and prioritising projects for inclusion into the program, we will consider the following:

  • community consultation – web-based (delivered by us)
  • 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.