Current and announced projects

We own and maintain over 494 pieces of marine infrastructure valued at about $167 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
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 Boat ramp main culvert cells installed, boat ramp constructions and project civil works continued through December 2022. Expected completion April 2023.
Bloomfield River Cook Upgraded boat ramp and new gangway-access pontoon Upgraded boat ramp complete November 2022. Offsite fabrication of new gangway access pontoon in progress. Due for installation early 2022.
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 progressing approvals for the project. Maritime Safety Queensland paid the first $500,000 of the grant to Cairns Regional Council in November 2021. Awaiting advice on environmental and other approvals.
Gladstone Region
Casuarina Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New 2-lane boat ramp with floating walkway Agencies development approvals gained November 2022. Tender preparation during December 2022. Tendering and contract award early 2023. Works scheduled to commence after Easter 2023 and be completed by end 2023.
Inkerman Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New single-lane boat ramp Onsite construction works continuing. Scheduled completion by end April 2023.
Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour reconfiguration of boat launching facilities. Keppel Boat ramps and floating walkways upgrade Contract awarded for stage 1 works (widen western boat ramp, excavate basin, install sheet pile wall) during November 2022. Tender preparation January 2023for Stage 2 (extend western floating walkway, relocate eastern floating walkway, install gangway-access pontoons).
Brisbane Region
Mooloolah River entrance dredging Maroochydore Maintenance dredging of entrance Regular hydrographic survey monitoring continues – with regular release of notices to mariners.
Dunwich, Junner Street jetty Oodgeroo Upgraded landing Jetty head remains closed for safety reasons. Jetty stem remains serviceable for fishing. Contract awarded September 2022. Design commenced November 2022.  Onsite works commencement planned for February/March 2023. For more information, please visit Dunwich Jetty-boating facilities page.
Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrades Redlands 4 new ferry pontoon terminals Russell Island and Macleay Island pontoons and jetties' architectural and electrical fit outs ongoing. Lamb Island pontoon planning completed, with pontoon roof fabrication and installation ongoing. Karragarra Island pontoon piles installed, and pontoon transported from Caloundra to Thornlands (MLF) during December 2022.
Southern Moreton Bay Islands re-purposing ferry landings Redlands Re-purposing 4 pontoons for recreational use Offsite fabrication of recreational pontoons continuing.
Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals, landside works Redlands Landside works in conjunction with the ferry terminals upgrade works Landside works in progress at Russell Island and Macleay Island.
Macleay Island new floating walkway Redlands New floating walkway on eastern side of boat ramp Floating walkway modules offsite fabrication completed. The floating walkway is scheduled for installation on site immediately after ferry operation shift to the new pontoon ferry terminal, which is contingent on new ferry terminal installation progress/completion in first half of 2023.

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 email

Last updated
23 January 2023