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
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 In water works were largely completed with the installation of the three floating walkways in early April 2023.

Remaining access road and services installation to progress April to May 2023. 

Bloomfield River Cook Upgraded boat ramp and new gangway-access pontoon Upgraded boat ramp completed in November 2022.

Tender evaluation for Stage 2 (pontoon) completed. Pontoon contract awarded April 2023. Onsite installation scheduled post wet season with project completion September 2023.
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. Contract awarded. 

Works scheduled to commence April 2023 and will be completed by the end of 2023.
Inkerman Creek (off Bajool-Port Alma Road) Mirani New single-lane boat ramp Onsite construction works continuing. Scheduled completion late-April 2023.
Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour reconfiguration of boat launching facilities Keppel Boat ramps and floating walkways upgrade Contract in progress for stage 1 civil works (widen western boat ramp, excavate basin, install sheet pile wall). Contract for Stage 2 (extend western floating walkway, relocate eastern floating walkway, install gangway-access pontoons) awarded mid-April 2023.

Project due for completion late-2023.
Poona dredging feasibility study
Maryborough Investigate feasibility and costs for dredging an approach channel to the Owen Cox Street boat ramp   Completed to date: hydrographic survey, preliminary approvals agency meetings, geotechnical sampling fieldwork and report.

In progress: assessment of geotechnical report, volume calculations, approvals agencies liaison, cost estimates for potential capital dredging and likely ongoing maintenance dredging frequency and costs, writing up of study findings.
Brisbane Region
Mooloolah River entrance dredging Maroochydore Maintenance dredging of entrance Regular hydrographic survey monitoring continues with regular release of notices to mariners. Stakeholder groups are supporting investigation options to help make the entrance more available and safe into the future.
Dunwich, Junner Street jetty Oodgeroo Upgraded landing Jetty head remains closed for safety reasons. Jetty stem remains serviceable for fishing.

Contract awarded September 2022. All approvals obtained. Detailed design has been finalised. Contractor to finalise fabrication components.

Maritime Safety Queensland attended a community artwork day early April 2023. Artwork completed by the community for inclusion on the jetty structure. Site works to commence May 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: ferry terminal awaiting to open to the public. Ferry terminal including landside and recreational boating works planned for practical completion in April 2023.

Macleay Island: landside civil and shelter installation works. Ongoing pontoon electrical and architectural fit-out works.

Lamb Island: pontoon fit-out, pontoon piling works and landside works. Ongoing fit-out of pontoons progressing. 

Karragarra Island: pontoon roof installation and landside civil works ongoing. Fit-out of pontoons progressing. Jetty roof structure installed during March 2023.

Southern Moreton Bay Islands re-purposing ferry landings Redlands Re-purposing 4 pontoons for recreational use Russell Island: recreational pontoon and finger jetty installed on site during March 2023. Recreational pontoon water supply and lighting installation and connection progressing April 2023.

Macleay Island: fabrication of recreational pontoon progressing April 2023. 

Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals, landside works Redlands Landside works in conjunction with the ferry terminals upgrade works Russell Island: landside and amenities building works and construction of recreational boating facilities. Ferry terminal including landside and recreational boating works planned for practical completion April 2023.

Macleay Island: civil works ongoing and commenced installation of landside shelter structural steel. Ongoing civil and amenities works.

Lamb and Karragarra Islands: ongoing foundation and concrete slab construction progressing.

Macleay Island new floating walkway Redlands New floating walkway on eastern side of boat ramp Modules are stored and awaiting installation in mid-2023. At this time, ferries should operate with the new pontoon ferry terminal and no longer operate near the boat ramp and floating walkway.
Outrigger Island, Minyama construct new 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway 
Kawana  New 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway. 
Joint media statement released for construction of new 2-lane boat ramp and floating walkway.

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
21 April 2023