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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 Dredging works and tide gauge pile install were completed late October 2021. Causeway works progressed with surcharge material in November/December 2021. Fabrication of fixed walkway and fishing platform to commence during December 2021.
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp
Deed of agreement executed 3 September 2021.
Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways Civil works contract awarded early November 2021. Release golf course boundary fence screen tender planned December 2021. Works scheduled to start January 2022 (weather permitting).
Palm Cove Barron River Major jetty maintenance Repair works completed are treatment and recoating of main structure. Remaining works to be completed early 2022.
Trinity Park
Barron River
$1 million Maritime Safety Queensland grant contribution to Cairns Regional Council for $3 million groyne on north bank of Half Moon Creek entrance
$500,000 first instalment paid to Cairns Regional Council November 2021. Second instalment of $500,000 scheduled for payment July 2022. Cairns Regional Council is managing this project.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp Boat ramp open to the public June 2021. Decommissioned boat ramp has been filled and area resurfaced. Quotes received for berthing cleats. Fabrication and installation of the berthing cleats on the fixed sloping walkway scheduled for completion end of January 2022.
Mackay / Whitsunday
Molongle Beach Road, Molongle Creek
Deed of agreement
Burdekin Entrance channel deepening Dredging continuing to approximately halfway along the channel in November 2021. Dredge to create all tide access channel from the boat ramp out to Upstart Bay prior to the Christmas. Works to resume in the new year.
Seagull Street, Slade Point, Mackay Mackay New boat ramp $1 million grant contribution by MSQ to Mackay Regional Council project. Works commenced July 2021 (Mackay Regional Council delivering). Carpark works partially complete. Boat ramp works to commence December 2021.
Shute Harbour Whitsunday Improvements to recreational boat launching infrastructure Practical completion achieved on 25 June 2021. Retro reflective markers installed on the vertical fender piles during November 2021. Installation of a navigation light mid-December 2021. Boat ramp scheduled to re-open by 15 December 2021.
Casuarina Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New 2-lane Assessment of feasibility within the available budget continued during November 2021. Issues about land tenure still progressing.
Inkerman Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New single-lane boat ramp at Inkerman Creek Construction continued on the reclamation works during December 2021.
Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour Keppel Boat ramps upgrade The Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) project team undertook community consultation on the initial concept for the reconfiguration project of the Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour boat ramps and floating walkways, this consultation closed on 3 September 2021.

Revised concept - scope:

The revised concept for this upgrade  has addressed the on-water congestion issue by providing improved on water queuing facilities. 

The revised concept features the addition of a dredged basin, sheet pile wall, and approximately 60m of additional berthing pontoons between the 2 boat ramps. This will provide more space at all tides for boaties to berth during busy periods and while retrieving their car-trailer. 

The extension of the floating walkway on the Breakwater Drive ramp has been shortened from 60m to 42m and straightened to allow easier berthing on both sides. 

The Breakwater Drive ramp will be widened by one lane on the eastern side. 

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Next steps: 

Mid-2022 – finalise design and obtain approvals.

For further information please contact the project team at

North Coast
Mooloolah River entrance Maroochydore Maintenance dredging of entrance Dredging has temporarily ceased owning to the assessment of regular hydrographic surveys and depths being maintained. Maintenance works on the pipeline completed November 2021.
Scarborough Boat Harbour
Maintenance dredging of entrance
Dredging project out to tender November 2021. Tender to close 16 December 2021.
Victoria Point, Colburn Avenue Redlands Dredging the channel to the northern ramp Project completed. Practical completion certificate issued in November 2021. Navigational aids to be installed early 2022.
Dunwich, Junner Street jetty Oodgeroo Unsafe jetty demolition Jetty remains closed for safety reasons. There are three concept design options. Community consultation commenced Monday 15 November 2021 and ends Monday 13 December 2021. Consultation is via website and email correspondence. For more information please visit Dunwich Jetty-boating facilities page
Southern Moreton Bay Island Redlands

4 new ferry pontoon terminals

Re-purposing 4 pontoons for recreational use

Stage 1 contract awarded April 2021. Relocation of Russell Island pontoon to temporary location and opening of temporary gangway to public completed November 2021.  Completion of fabrication shed at Thornlands and commencement of joining the three Russell Island pontoon modules and demolition of Russell Island jetty during November 2021. Continue fabricating Macleay Island pontoon and continue production of precast concrete planks and headstocks. Finish joining Russell Island pontoon and pressure test the pontoon and complete the demolition of Russell Island jetty. Continue fabrication of Macleay Island pontoon and continue production of precast concrete planks and headstocks during December 2021.
Macleay Island new floating walkway
New floating walkway on eastern side of boat ramp
Floating walkway concrete modules fabrication progressing offsite at Sunshine Coast in December 2021.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate Entrance and internal channels dredging Dredging project out to tender November 2021. Tender to close 16 December 2021. Planning to have most dredging completed prior to Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race Easter 2022.
Wellington Point access channel Oodgeroo Maintenance dredging Dredging project out to tender November 2021. Tender to close 16 December 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
23 December 2021