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
Bloomfield River Cook Upgraded boat ramp and new gangway–access pontoon Pontoon installation completed October 2023. Project now complete, as the boat ramp upgrade was completed in November 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 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 December 2023/January 2024.

Gladstone Region
Casuarina Creek (off Bajool–Port Alma Road) Mirani New 2–lane boat ramp with floating walkway Base rock placement completed for boat ramp. Boat ramp planks delivery started (offsite concrete planks fabrication). Expect plank delivery to be completed December 2023.
Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour reconfiguration of boat launching facilities Keppel Boat ramps and floating walkways upgrade Opened to the public October 2023, following award to the contractor of practical project completion (meaning the works are suitable for public boating use). Rectification of minor defects is progressing during the period between practical completion and final completion (meaning all defects have been rectified and the contract concluded).
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. Whole project with Queensland Government for review.
Brisbane Region
Mooloolah River entrance dredging Maroochydore Maintenance dredging of entrance Depths in the entrance (on centreline) have been recently surveyed and are suitable for navigation. Bed levelling inside the harbour was completed November 2023 to redistribute shoaling sandbanks.
Dunwich, Junner Street jetty Oodgeroo Upgraded landing Contract awarded on 5 November 2023. Contractor has commenced preliminary works including development of the construction plan and design, to be submitted for review December 2023. Refer Gumpi Master Plan 2023 for more information about how the ferry terminals project fits into the broader plan for Dunwich (Gumpi/Goompi).
Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrades Redlands 4 new ferry pontoon terminals Practical completion (meaning works completed with only minor defects and opened to the public) awarded 18 October 2023 for Macleay Island, Lamb Island and Karragarra Island. Russell Island completed May 2023. Russell Island as-constructed drawings are complete, and an operation and maintenance manual has been received for review.
Southern Moreton Bay Islands re–purposing ferry landings Redlands Re–purposing 4 pontoons for recreational use Practical completion (meaning works completed with only minor defects and opened to the public) awarded 18 October 2023 for Macleay Island, Lamb Island and Karragarra Island. (Russell Island recreational pontoon was completed in May 2023.)
Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals, landside works Redlands Landside works in conjunction with the ferry terminals upgrade works Works are complete with practical completion (meaning works completed with only minor defects and opened to the public) was awarded 18 October 2023. Rectification of identified minor defects is progressing during the period between practical completion and final project completion.
Macleay Island new floating walkway Redlands New floating walkway on eastern side of boat ramp Open for public use. Practical completion (meaning works completed with only minor defects and opened to the public) awarded 18 October 2023. Works to install extra handrails expected to be completed in December. The new handrails will be installed in the upper sections of the floating walkway.
Outrigger Island, Minyama construct new 2–lane boat ramp and floating walkway
Kawana New 2–lane boat ramp and floating walkway.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council expect works to be completed by mid-2024. Tender accepted by Maritime Safety Queensland for the in-water works component. Sunshine Coast Regional Council is managing the joint project.

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 boatinginfrastructure@msq.qld.gov.au.

Last updated
22 December 2023