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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. Contract was awarded mid-September 2021.
Yorkeys Knob new boat ramp
Deed of agreement executed November 2019.
Barron River Single 6-lane boat ramp with 2 floating walkways

Tenders evaluation proceeding during September and October 2021. Finalisation of development lease is progressing, prior to proposed contract award expected late October 2021.

Palm Cove Barron River Major jetty maintenance Works commenced. Intermittent short-term closures may be required during the project. Works planned for completion late September 2021.
Bramston Beach, Joyce Creek Mulgrave Relocate boat ramp Works completed on raised walkway installation. Boat ramp open to the public June 2021. Contractor to establish to site for remaining works to be completed including closure of decommissioned boat ramp, installation of bollards and pavement works to ramp approach in September/October 2021.
Mackay / Whitsunday
Molongle Beach Road, Molongle Creek
Deed of agreement
Burdekin Entrance channel deepening Contractor established to site 13 August 2021 dredging expected to commence late September 2021. Community handover event scheduled for 24 September 2021.
Midge Point Whitsunday New boat ramp Construction including pavement and boat ramp shoulder works continuing through September and into October 2021.
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).
Shute Harbour Whitsunday Improvements to recreational boat launching infrastructure Practical completion achieved on 25 June 2021. Design consultation with Harbour Master on visibility requirements during August 2021. Installation of reflective marks and navigation lights onto the walkway planned for September 2021. Boat ramp to remain closed until surrounding WRC project is completed, expected September/October 2021.
Casuarina Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New 2-lane Design tenders received July 2021. Award design contract and geotechnical investigation site works August 2021.
Inkerman Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New single-lane boat ramp at Inkerman Creek Tenders evaluation August 2021. Contract award planned for late September 2021.
Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour Keppel Reconfigure boat ramps and floating walkways The Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) project team has sought feedback from local users on the initial concept for the reconfiguration project of the Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour boat ramps and floating walkways. This consultation closed on Friday 3 September 2021.

Initial  concept - scope:

The current concept for this upgrade involves increasing the Rosslyn Bay boat ramp capacity by adding three extra lanes to the two ramps, which will provide 11 lanes in total (current capacity is eight lanes) and increasing the length of the westernmost floating walkway by up to 60m.  

View the project FAQs

Next steps: 

MSQ will collate and review feedback and provide an update to stakeholders on the out of the consultation in late 2021. For further information please contact the project team at

Victoria Point, Colburn Avenue Redlands Dredging the channel to the northern ramp Delays due to hard seabed materials. Dredging scheduled September 2021. Navigation aids to be installed after completion of dredging.
Dunwich, Junner Street jetty Oodgeroo Unsafe jetty demolition Jetty remains closed for safety reasons. Concept designs complete and communications activity plan complete. Community consultation scheduled from 5 October to 2 November 2021. Consultation planned via website and email correspondence.
Southern Moreton Bay Island Redlands Four new ferry pontoon terminals Stage 1 contract awarded April 2021. Fabrication of Russell Island pontoon sections continued through August 2021. Planned transportation of Russell Island pontoon sections to Thornlands and commence construction and assembly of the modules planned for September 2021.
Cabbage Tree Creek Sandgate Entrance and internal channels dredging Agency approvals continue through September 2021. Planning to have dredging completed prior to Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race Easter 2022.
Wellington Point access channel Oodgeroo Maintenance dredging Agency approvals received for the south channel maintenance dredging. Approvals progressing for additional dredge area. Tenders to be called after all approvals are in place.

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
24 September 2021