Yarrabah Jetty project

We are undertaking a $7 million jetty project that will provide the Yarrahbah community with the opportunity for tourism and commuter services to be developed to and from Cairns.

The proposed jetty will be located at Gribble Point in Mission Bay, adjacent to the town boat ramp.The site was chosen in consultation with Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council and Traditional Owners as the suitable option, as it will provide the best access to deep water.The project is expected to be 165m long and when completed will include a land based jetty shelter with toilet facilities including disabled toilets. 

Yarrabah is Queensland's largest indigenous community with an official population of 2,686 at the 2016 census. It is about 50km east of Cairns by road, but only 12km across from Cairns by sea.

When completed the jetty will become an asset of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.

Benefits

  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

The jetty will provide the Yarrabah community with the opportunity for tourism and commuter services to be developed to and from Cairns.

 

Funding

Total investment
$7 million
Queensland Government
$7 million

Current status

Land based construction associated with the jetty project began late December 2017. These land based works included a shelter, toilet facilities, pavement, concrete kerbing, footpaths, a pedestrian ramp and street lighting (solar).

A full environmental impact study has found that the location chosen has minimal environmental impact on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Marine Parks permit

A Marine Parks permit is being sought by us on behalf of Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council. The permit is for the construction and ongoing operation and maintenance of a single piled concrete jetty adjacent to the boat ramp on the south side of Gribble Point, Yarrabah.

The proposal consists of a single piled concrete jetty adjacent to the boat ramp on the south side of Gribble Point, Yarrabah. No dredging is proposed nor is spoil disposal required in the Marine Park.

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council will be:

  • the ultimate Permit holders
  • owners of the jetty 
  • the responsible local government body for the proposed location of the Yarrabah Jetty and associated infrastructure.

Environmental approvals

We have applied for environmental approvals for the full extent of works outlined to support the present and future marine infrastructure needs of the Mission Bay area. However, the extent of works constructed as part of this project will be subject to construction tendered rates and what can be delivered within the available budget.

Map of the future Yarrabah jetty site
Future Yarrabah Jetty site map