Yorkeys Knob boat ramp
We are constructing a new recreational boat launching facility at Yorkeys Knob.
Have your say—now closed
Publication of Information for Assessment on Preliminary Documentation under section 95A(3) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
The public comment period ran from Monday, 8 March 2021 to Wednesday, 7 April 2021 and has now closed — this ‘Have your say’ process formed part of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) approvals.
MSQ has collated a summary of the 39 submissions received and TMR responses to these for inclusion in the final Information Package for a final decision under the EPBC Act. This information has been provided to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
Yorkeys Knob was identified as a strategic location for additional boat launching facility to the north of the Cairns CBD through the Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study undertaken in 2016. The study concluded that there is an urgent need for an additional boat ramp north of Cairns, and that Yorkeys Knob was the most suitable site due to:
- its central location
- its access to the open sea
- its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef
- the relatively minor additional environmental disturbance required for its construction given the area is already highly disturbed by existing coastal and foreshore development.
The new boat ramp and associated on-land facilities will be constructed on vacant state-owned land and seabed to the west of Yorkeys Knob Boating Club marina and to the north of Half Moon Bay Golf Club, with an access road on state land between the 2 clubs.
We have worked closely with Cairns Regional Council (CRC) to determine the configuration of parking and other on-land facilities. TMR and CRC signed a deed of agreement in November 2019 about the contribution of CRC to the project and related matters.
This new facility will:
- improve safety and reduce congestion at the existing Yorkeys Knob boat ramp
- reduce wait times for boaties on the north side of the Cairns CBD, for both launching and retrieving
- complement the recent upgrade to the Trinity Park/Bluewater boat ramp.
- Improves safety
- Increases capacity
- Better road access
- Increases car parks
- Increases traffic flow
- 6 lane boat ramp with 3 floating walkways
- 2 new breakwaters for wave protection
- dredged basin and access channel
- queuing beaches
- 135 car-trailer park spaces
- 63 single car park spaces
- new access road and footpath
- new amenities block
- golf course protective fencing.
- Late 2019, early 2020: preliminary design phase which includes stakeholder consultation
- Mid-2020: detailed design completed
- Mid-2021: environmental approvals
- Mid-2021: tendering for construction
- 3rd quarter 2021: construction starts—timing dependent on several factors including the granting of agency approvals
- Mid- to late 2022: works completion, weather permitting.
Community feedback on the preliminary design closed at the end of February 2020. Since then, we have been refining the design progressing the project through the detailed design phase and preparing the environmental approvals for submission.
We have listened to feedback from the local community and, where possible, have amended the design to include community suggestions. These improvements include:
- improvements to vehicle exit options at the top of the ramp following launch and retrieve
- inclusion of a third floating walkway with landing extension (subject to funding)
- refinement of the breakwater configuration to ensure calm water conditions are achieved without impacts to adjacent infrastructure or coastal processes.
One of the main concerns raised by stakeholders throughout consultation has been about car parking. The final design maximises the number of available car parks to help resolve the existing parking issues at Yorkeys Knob. The final design features 135 car-trailer parks, 63 standard car parks and which includes 6 accessible (disabled) parking spaces.
- Options Investigations Report. This report has informed the detailed design.
- Half Moon Bay Golf Club—Protective Screen Arrangement and Associated Works report