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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's $30 million 2-year extension of the Marine Infrastructure Fund (MIF) ended in June 2020. The MIF provided new and upgraded recreational boating facilities, which were identified through the 2017 Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study.

The Marine Infrastructure Investment Program (MIIP) 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
Far North
Newell Beach Cook New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway Legislative/environmental approvals gained June 2021. Advertise tenders planned July 2021.
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp
Deed of agreement executed November 2019.
Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) was granted (with conditions on) 17 June 2021. See DAWE website: EPBC 2020/8692 ( Advertise tenders planned for early July 2021
Palm Cove Barron River Major jetty maintenance Works commenced. Intermittent short-term closures may be required during the project.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp Works completed on raised walkway installation. Boat ramp open to the public June 2021.  Contractor to install retro reflective tape to outermost piles. Infill of existing ramp to progress July/August 2021.
Mackay / Whitsunday
Molongle Beach Road, Molongle Creek
Deed of agreement
Burdekin Entrance channel deepening Federal Great Barrier Reef Marine Park permit for dredging obtained June 2021. Negotiations on state approvals ongoing in regard to provision of environmental authority permit for dredging and development approval for material change of use. Award of dredge contract expected early-July 2021. Works to commence after environmental approvals are finalised and contractor has established to site.
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp Construction commenced June 2021, to continue into late 2021.
Slade Point, Mackay Mackay New boat ramp 1 million grant contribution by MSQ to Mackay Regional Council project. Works scheduled to commence late July 2021 (Mackay Regional Council delivering).
Shute Harbour Whitsunday Improvements to recreational boat launching infrastructure Practical completion achieved on 25 June 2021. Contractor to install retro reflective tape to outer fender piles and stiffeners July/August 2021. Boat ramp to remain closed until surrounding Whitsunday Regional Council project is completed, expected around end September 2021.
Casuarina Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New 2-lane boat ramp with a floating walkway at Casuarina Creek. New site survey completed June 2021. Geotechnical investigations planned and invite tenders for the design phase July/August 2021.
Inkerman Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New single-lane boat ramp at Inkerman Creek Tenders invited June 2021. Tender evaluation to commence in August 2021. Contract award to follow.
Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour Keppel Reconfigure boat ramps and floating walkways Community consultation continuing through August 2021.
North Coast
Victoria Point, Colburn Avenue Redlands Dredging the channel to the northern ramp Delays due to hard seabed materials. No dredging during July 2021 due to approval conditions. Installation of nav aids to follow.
Dunwich, Junner Street jetty Oodgeroo Unsafe jetty demolition Jetty remains closed for safety reasons. Consultation schedule to confirm optimum alternate fishing platform.
Southern Moreton Bay Island Redlands Four new ferry pontoon terminals Stage 1 contract awarded April 2021. Fabrication of Russell Island pontoon is progressing.  Steel formwork for precast headstocks completed. Continue fabrication of Russell Island pontoon July 2021.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate Entrance and internal channels dredging Agency approvals continuing through July 2021. Dredge volume determined from hydrographic survey. Sediment sampling to progress July/August 2021.
Wellington Point access channel Oodgeroo Maintenance dredging Approvals gained July 2021. Tenders, tender assessment, contract award and dredging to follow during balance of second half of 2021.

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 email:

Last updated
28 July 2021