Current and announced projects

We own and maintain over 507 pieces of marine infrastructure valued at about $194 million. These include assets such as state boat harbours, boat ramps, jetties, pontoons, floating walkways, channels, and breakwaters/rock groynes.

The Boating Infrastructure Program within the Maritime Infrastructure Investment Program funds:

  • 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 Status
Cairns Region
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp

Deed of agreement executed 3 September 2021.
Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways and new mini-harbour with breakwaters Opened for public use 7 September 2023.
Bloomfield River Cook Upgraded boat ramp and new gangway-access pontoon

Upgraded boat ramp was completed in November 2022. The Stage 2 pontoon contract was awarded in April 2023.

Fabrication of pontoon module and gangway completed in July.

Installation planned for October 2023.

Trinity Park, Cairns Barron River $1 million Maritime Safety Queensland grant contribution to Cairns Regional Council for groyne on north side of Half Moon Creek entrance

Cairns Regional Council is progressing approvals for the project. Maritime Safety Queensland paid the first $500,000 of the grant to Cairns Regional Council in November 2021.

Review of Deed of Agreement with Cairns Regional Council to progress September 2023.

Mackay Region
Molongle Creek channel restoration (bed-levelling) Burdekin Restore channel post rain events as much as possible by excavator and bed-levelling
Project has been finalised. Hydrographic survey available on request.
Gladstone Region
Casuarina Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New 2-lane boat ramp with floating walkway On-site works commenced in August 2023. Project scheduled to be completed March 2024 (weather permitting).
Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour reconfiguration of boat launching facilities Keppel Boat ramps and floating walkways upgrade

Completed to date:

  • Stage 1 civil works
  • Relocation of floating walkway on Anchor Drive boat ramp.

In progress:

  • Fabrication and installation of pontoons.

Project is due for completion late September 2023.             

Poona dredging feasibility study
Maryborough Investigate feasibility and costs for dredging an approach channel to the Owen Cox Street boat ramp Dredging feasibility study complete. 
Brisbane Region
Mooloolah River entrance dredging Maroochydore Maintenance dredging of entrance Regular hydrographic survey monitoring continues with regular release of notices to mariners. Stakeholder groups are supporting investigation options to help make the entrance more available and safe into the future. The Western Channel Trial dredging basin appears to be working. 
Dunwich, Junner Street jetty Oodgeroo Upgraded landing

The jetty head remains closed for safety reasons. The jetty stem remains serviceable for fishing.

We were advised in June 2023 that the contractor has gone into liquidation. We are working through options to complete the project, which has been delayed owing to the contractor issues.

Visit Dunwich Jetty-boating facilities.

Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrades Redlands 4 new ferry pontoon terminals

Russell Island landside, amenities building and recreational boating facilities were completed in April 2023. 

Macleay Island ferry terminal opened to passengers—other works continuing. 

Karragarra Island ferry terminal opened to passengers—other works continuing.

Lamb Island ferry terminal still under construction.

Southern Moreton Bay Islands re-purposing ferry landings Redlands Re-purposing 4 pontoons for recreational use

Russell Island recreational pontoon is now open to public.

Macleay Island recreational pontoon: new pontoon module arrived on site late-August. Completion works remain in progress.

Karragarra Island recreational pontoon works in progress.

Lamb Island recreational pontoons to follow completion and going into service of new ferry pontoon

Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals, landside works Redlands Landside works in conjunction with the ferry terminals upgrade works

Russell Island landside facilities complete now handed over to Redland City Council for on-going maintenance.

Macleay Island landside works ongoing.

Karragarra and Lamb Islands landside works ongoing, including installation of landside shelters. Continuation of landside works through September 2023.

Macleay Island new floating walkway Redlands New floating walkway on eastern side of boat ramp Practical completion inspection completed. Opened for public use August 2023. 
Outrigger Island, Minyama construct new 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway
Kawana New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway.

Stage 1 construction is expected to start in September 2023.

Overall project will be completed by February 2024 (weather permitting). 

During construction, the existing and new boat ramps will be temporarily closed. Use nearby boat ramps such as La Balsa Park, Buddina and Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba as altneratives.

Signage will be will be in place to redirect mariners during these works.

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
  • 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 (for example, marine parks, fish habitat areas, and other protected areas).

For more information on recreational boating infrastructure email

Last updated
12 September 2023