Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminals Upgrade

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The Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminals Upgrade project has been in planning by Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) since 2014.

Council and TMR are working in partnership to deliver new ferry terminals at Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra islands in consultation with island communities, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, SeaLink, and other key stakeholders. The project will also include repurposing the existing ferry pontoons and jetties for recreational use, such as fishing and mooring.

The new ferry terminals will meet the full requirements of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002, which are made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

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  • Check out the ferry terminals' 3D images and screen artwork
  • Watch the preliminary design video
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The Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminals Upgrade project has been in planning by Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) since 2014.

Council and TMR are working in partnership to deliver new ferry terminals at Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra islands in consultation with island communities, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, SeaLink, and other key stakeholders. The project will also include repurposing the existing ferry pontoons and jetties for recreational use, such as fishing and mooring.

The new ferry terminals will meet the full requirements of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002, which are made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Find out more and get involved

  • Check out the ferry terminals' 3D images and screen artwork
  • Watch the preliminary design video
  • Read through our resources, FAQs, and news feed
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  • Project December update

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    Russell Island ferry terminal construction

    Works continue on the pontoon, jetty, jetty roof, gangway and screens, along with the landside works.

    As the works near completion, a staged operational phase is planned in early 2023.

    • Stage 1: New ferry terminal - progressive switchover to the new facility is planned for early 2023
    • Stage 2: Recreational boating facilities - involves dismantling the temporary access gangway for repurposing
    • Stage 3: Landside works - including completion of the new amenities block.

    Russell Island ferry terminal screening with artwork.Macleay Island ferry terminal construction

    Works continue on the jetty, jetty roof, gangway and landside works.

    Landside works:

    • A revised traffic management plan will be implemented to allow for the stormwater drain underneath the roundabout to be upgraded. This is a necessary upgrade as the area is subject to flooding.
    • This will be undertaken in a staged approach with traffic management in place for approximately two months commencing in early 2023, weather permitting.

    Macleay Island ferry terminal construction. Lamb Island ferry terminal construction

    Works continue on the jetty with precast concrete elements installed and the jetty concrete deck complete.

    The pontoon roof installation and fit-out is continuing at Thornlands prior to its float-out to Lamb Island.

    Karragarra Island ferry terminal construction

    Jetty construction works are well underway with all precast concrete elements now installed and the jetty concrete deck completed. Landside works have also commenced.

    The pontoon was transported from the contractor’s factory at the Sunshine Coast to Thornlands in mid-November 2022, where it is now undergoing final fit-out.

    Arrival of the Karragarra Island pontoon at Thornlands.

    What to expect during construction

    • Presence of construction personnel including traffic controllers, surveyors and trades people
    • Piling works – noise and vibration; bus zone temporary relocation; earthworks; conduit installation
    • Establishment of ferry terminal work zone including changed traffic conditions and pedestrian detours
    • Demolition of existing concrete foundations; new concrete slabs to be poured.

    The overall project remains on track for completion in mid-2023.

    The project team would like to remind customers to please use caution at the construction sites. We appreciate your patience and continued support during the delivery of this project.

    To contact the TMR project team, please email them at boatinginfrastructure@msq.qld.gov.au

  • Better services on horizon as ferry terminal hits water

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    The delivery of Macleay Island's new pontoon marks another key milestone in a $44.6 million ferry terminal upgrade project boosting transport services and supporting local economies.

    Favourable tidal and weather conditions allowed the new pontoon to be floated to its destination on Macleay Island as part of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) Ferry Terminals Upgrade project.

    The project is being delivered by the Palaszczuk Government in partnership with Redland City Council and provides new ferry terminals at Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra islands.

    Member for Redlands Kim Richards celebrated the progress of the project so far.

    “Upgrading ferry terminals on the islands will refresh the area while improving accessibility for the region,” Ms Richards said.

    "I’m proud to stand as part of the Palaszczuk Labor Government that is committed to supporting good jobs and better transport services right across the state.

    “This investment in transport infrastructure not only supports jobs on the islands, but employment opportunities have been created in the design, manufacture, construction and installation of the ferry terminals as well.

    “Around 45 direct jobs are being supported over the life of this important infrastructure project, at a time when it is so important to have secure work.

    “Thank you to all involved in building new ferry terminals for the island communities that need them most through one of the region’s largest transport infrastructure projects.”

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project was at an important stage with construction underway on the ferry terminals across all four islands.

    "The delivery of the new pontoon is an exciting step for the Macleay Island community toward having a facility which will meet the transport needs of locals and tourists moving forward," Mr Bailey said.

    “Kim Richards has been a strong advocate for this project from the start, and this milestone puts us one step closer to completion.”

    Ms Richards said the Macleay Island pontoon float-out involved detailed planning prior to its departure from Eprapah Creek.

    "The contractor took a different approach this time, with most of the Macleay Island pontoon roof fit-out completed prior to its arrival on site,” she said.

    "Now that the pontoon is here, work will continue on the pontoon and jetty, installation of the gangway, and delivery of the landside works.

    "I am very pleased to say that completion of the new Macleay Island ferry terminal is on track for early next year, weather permitting.

    “It’s investment like this that you only see from a Labor Government, delivering for the people of the Redlands.”

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the arrival of the Macleay Island pontoon was another significant milestone in a project set to improve travel to and from the islands.

    “The joint Southern Moreton Bay Island Ferry Terminals Upgrade project represents one of the biggest infrastructure investments in the SMBI communities,” Cr Williams said.

    “Redland City Council is committed to ensuring our remote Southern Moreton Bay Island communities are provided with safe, reliable and accessible transport to and from the mainland.

    “The new pontoon is one step further in fulfilling that commitment.

    “Council has contributed $15.4 million to the project and will also fund maintenance for all four terminals on Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra islands, once they are complete.

    “The new pontoon not only looks fantastic but will provide a better waiting environment for customers and protection from the weather.”

    Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said he was pleased with the Quandamooka artwork gracing the ferry terminal’s walkways and the colour schemes that were developed in consultation with each island community.

    “The pontoon’s unveiling represents yet another marker in a productive partnership with the State Government to bring much improved amenity to the SMBI community,” Cr Edwards said.

    “Thanks to careful attention to cultural heritage by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation the design features the island’s mangrove motif.

    “In addition to the much improved aesthetics, residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy greater ease of access and protection from the elements.

    “As popularity in our SMBI grow, the new ferry terminals may very well become tourism draw cards in their own rights.

    “More is still to come.

    “Work on similar facilities at Karragarra and Lamb islands continues, with completion expected by mid-2023.”

    The new Macleay Island ferry terminal components were fabricated at The Jetty Specialist factory at the Sunshine Coast before moving to Aluminium Marine at Thornlands for the final fit-out.

    The project also includes re-purposing the existing pontoons and jetties for recreational use, such as fishing and mooring.

    When complete, ferry customers will benefit from increased seating, drinking fountains, more waiting areas with better weather protection, improved security and lighting, and wider jetties and gangways for improved accessibility.

    Overall works on the four new terminals are planned for completion in mid-2023, with Russell Island scheduled for completion late-2022 (weather permitting).

    The SMBI Ferry Terminals Upgrade project is a jointly funded $44.6 million project, with the Queensland Government contributing $29.2 million and Redland City Council contributing $15.4 million.

    For more information on the project, visit the project page at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/upgrade-of-smbi-ferry-terminals or email the project team at boatinginfrastructure@msq.qld.gov.au

  • Project August update

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    Macleay Island ferry terminal construction

    With piling nearing completion the jetty construction, service installation, drainage and foundation works are well underway.

    The pontoon float-out from Thornlands to the island is now planned for early September 2022, weather and tidal conditions permitting. Fabrication of the ferry gangway at the Thornlands factory is almost complete.

    Russell Island ferry terminal construction

    Works on the jetty, gangway and landside are continuing with installation of the jetty roof structure planned to commence in the coming weeks, weather permitting.

    The landside works are progressing well with installation of services, drainage and foundation works ongoing. The landside shelter structures are currently being fabricated offsite.

    Lamb Island ferry terminal fabrication works

    As advised to stakeholders in the June update, the Lamb Island bus shelter has been removed to allow onsite piling works to commence, now planned for early August 2022.

    Passengers are encouraged to use the eastern shelter in the interim until the new works are complete.

    Please note, the pathway adjacent to the altered site will be fenced off to allow for the works. Residents are asked to kindly use the remaining pathway running alongside the eastern shelter.

    The final fit-out of the pontoon is underway at Thornlands prior to its float-out, planned for late 2022.

    Karragarra Island ferry terminal fabrication works

    Piling work is due to commence in early to mid August 2022. Onsite pre-works to allow for the piling equipment has commenced.

    Initially it was planned for the large cottonwood tree between the existing ferry terminal gangway and the shelter to undergo extensive branch trimming and remain in place.

    However, after the initial trimming work by the contractor, the project team can advise that the tree is now planned to be fully removed and replaced with another mature cottonwood tree. The project team will provide further updates to Karragarra residents on this issue.

    Fabrication of the pontoon has commenced at the contractor’s factory. It is due to be transported to Thornlands for fit-out in late 2022.

    What to expect during construction:

    - Presence of construction personnel including traffic controllers, surveyors and service investigators

    - Piling works – noise and vibration; bus zone temporary relocation

    - Changed traffic conditions in Macleay Island ferry terminal car park

    - Establishment of ferry terminal work zone and pedestrian detours at Lamb and Karragarra islands.

    In order to maximise efficiencies of the overall project and keep delivery on schedule, the contractor's works schedule may change as necessary between islands.

    Project updates will continue to provide a look-ahead of current and planned activities.

    The project team would like to remind customers to please use caution at the construction sites. We appreciate your patience and continued support during the delivery of this project.

    To contact the TMR project team, please email them at boatinginfrastructure@msq.qld.gov.au

  • Floating to the finish line

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    The Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) ferry terminals upgrade is one step closer to completion as Russell Island’s new pontoon arrives onsite.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the SMBI ferry terminal upgrade marked a milestone for growth in the Redlands.

    “This $44.6 million project is delivering big for the local economy through better amenities and access to ferry services for locals,” Mr Bailey said.

    “Thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to transport infrastructure, we are getting on with the job and building new ferry terminals where they are needed most.”

    Member for Redlands Kim Richards said Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands would see new terminals built by mid-2023.

    “I’m proud to see the new pontoon now onsite at Russell Island, marking great progress for the new facility which will service locals and tourists well into the future.

    “Locals can see the magnitude of the new facility and the finish line for the completion of the new facility is well within reach.

    "The float out of the pontoon involved detailed planning before departure, with logistics of the move considering the most suitable tide and weather conditions to safely navigate such a large structure out through Eprapah Creek and Moreton Bay to the island.

    “Not only is this supporting jobs on our islands, but we’re creating quality employment opportunities in design, manufacturing, construction and installation as the project progresses.

    "Now the pontoon has arrived at Russell Island, the next steps will include continued construction work on the jetty and pontoon, installing the gangway, and delivery of the landside works.

    "Completion of the new Russell Island ferry terminal remains on track for later this year (2022).”

    Ms Richards said the focal point of the $44.6 million investment was to improve accessibility of ferry terminals on the islands.

    “This project will deliver raised land levels, new accessible waiting shelters and seating, new accessible amenities blocks for Russell and Macleay Islands and new walkways, alongside the new ferry terminals,” she said.

    “The project will also include repurposing the existing ferry pontoons and jetties for recreational use, like fishing and mooring.

    “I really appreciate the patience of locals during this time and can’t wait to see the terminals in full use once completed next year.”

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the arrival of the Russell Island pontoon was a major milestone in the long-awaited project.

    “This is a red-letter day for our Southern Moreton Bay Islands and shows what can be achieved when different levels of government work together.

    “Following completion of the Russell Island ferry terminal, Council will upgrade the adjacent car park, upgrading footpaths, installing new lighting and building a bus and drop-off zone, more accessible parking bays and an additional 64 parking spaces.

    “On-site works at the Macleay Island ferry terminal are in full swing, and fabrication works are continuing on the Lamb Island pontoon, with onsite works at Lamb Island planned to commence in late-2022.

    “Work on the Karragarra Island ferry terminal pontoon will start once the Lamb Island pontoon is transported to Aluminium Marine in Thornlands for the fitout work.

    “Council is pleased to partner with the State Government to deliver this project to help ensure the SMBI community and visitors receive the facilities they need.”

    Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the project’s progress was exciting, and he was looking forward to delivering the long-awaited ferry terminals.

    “The SMBI Ferry Terminals Upgrade project is one of the largest investments in island infrastructure and will help residents travel to and from the islands easier and safer,” Cr Edwards said.

    “I’d like to thank the community’s invaluable input and support that has helped us bring the project to where it is today.

    “The new ferry terminals will provide safe and accessible marine infrastructure for island residents, visitors, and business owners.

    “The project also includes repurposing the existing pontoons and jetties for recreational use, such as fishing and mooring.”

    Overall works on the four new terminals are planned for completion in mid-2023, with Russell Island scheduled for completion late-2022 (weather permitting).

    When complete, ferry customers will benefit from increased seating, drinking fountains, more waiting areas with better weather protection, and improved security and lighting.

    The SMBI Ferry Terminals Upgrade project is a jointly funded $44.6 million project, with the Queensland Government contributing $29.2 million and Redland City Council contributing $15.4 million.

    For more information on the project, email the project team at boatinginfrastructure@msq.qld.gov.au.

  • Stage Two contract awarded for Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals project

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    The Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrade is in full swing at Russell Island, with a contract for Stage Two of the upgrade now awarded.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminal upgrade was an important part of the regions economic recovery, helping to boost the economy and improve amenities for locals.

    “We are delivering this $44.6 million project, which will see new ferry terminals built on Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands,” Mr Bailey said.

    “Stage Two of the works will include all landside construction and coordinated marine works.”

    Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the project focal point was to improve the accessibility of the ferry terminals.

    “The Stage Two contract awarded to The Jetty Specialists includes raising land levels, new accessible waiting shelters and seating, new accessible amenities blocks for Russell and Macleay Islands, new walkways and the marine construction works including installation of the fixed jetties and gangways.

    “The project will also include repurposing the existing ferry pontoons and jetties for recreational use, such as fishing and mooring.

    “The works on Russell Island are progressing well with demolition of the old jetty completed late last year and I am pleased to announce works onsite will also commence at Macleay Island very soon."

    The new Macleay Island ferry terminal components have been fabricated at The Jetty Specialist factory at the Sunshine Coast and are now at Aluminium Marine at Thornlands for the final fit out.

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the latest project milestone meant Council was another step closer toward delivering one of Redlands Coast’s largest marine infrastructure projects.

    “The delivery of new ferry terminals across the Southern Moreton Bay Islands will make it easier and safer for the community to get to and from work and access critical community services, so it is great to see this project reach another exciting milestone,” Cr Williams said.

    “This project is one of the largest capital investments on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and residents tell me how excited they are to see the project progressing and can’t wait to see the finished product.

    “It is also an example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work together and I would like to acknowledge the important partnership between Council and the Queensland Government that has made it possible.”

    Now that Stage Two has been awarded, the Russell Island community will see further temporary changes to the site, with several parking bays closed temporarily as the contractor establishes their land-based construction zone.

    Overall works on the four new terminals are planned for completion in mid-2023. With Russell Island scheduled for completion late-2022 (weather permitting). When complete, ferry customers will benefit from increased seating, drinking fountains, more waiting areas with better weather protection, and improved security with lighting and 24-hour video recording.

    Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrade project is a jointly funded $44.6 million project, with the Queensland Government contributing $29.2 million and Redland City Council contributing $15.4 million.

  • Installation of the Russell Island temporary ferry access gangway

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    Latest news

    Onsite works to install the Russell Island temporary ferry access gangway are underway and progressing well.

    In early October 2021, the initial works notification to Russell Island residents and project stakeholders outlined December 2021 as the proposed timeframe for the transition to the temporary ferry access gangway. The transition to the temporary ferry access gangway is now slightly ahead of schedule. Weather permitting, the pontoon will be relocated to the new temporary location overnight between Saturday 20 November 2021 and Sunday 21 November 2021.

    Emergency services will operate from the nearby Sealink jetty during the transition period.

    Customers will need to board and alight ferries from the temporary ferry access gangway from the first scheduled service on Sunday 21 November 2021. This arrangement will remain in place until the new ferry terminal is complete and open for public use, currently planned for late 2022, weather permitting.

    TransLink service notice - Russell Island ferry terminal - Overnight closure

    On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2021, there will be changes to the ferry services to and from Russell Island due to the construction works involved in installing the temporary ferry access gangway.

    The following services will not stop at the Russell Island ferry terminal:

    Saturday 20 November

    • Service departing Redland Bay at 11.10pm and 12.10am (last two late night services
      • Please note, the last available service to Russell Island will be at 10.10pm
    • Service departing Russell Island at 11.35pm
      • Please note, the last available service leaving Russell Island will be at 10.35pm

    Sunday 21 November

    • Service departing Russell Island at 5.20am (first early morning service)
      • Please note the first available service leaving Russell Island will be at 6.20am

    These services will still stop at Karragarra Island Ferry Terminal, Macleay Island Ferry Terminal, and Lamb Island Ferry Terminal.

    Please be aware of these changed services and arrange to travel before or after these service times if you intend to travel to or from Russell Island. To stay up-to-date on TransLink updates, visit https://translink.com.au/updates/61181/.

    What to expect

    • Changes to the Russell Island ferry terminal pedestrian access zone. Pedestrians will be redirected to the temporary footpath leading to the temporary ferry access gangway.
    • Changed drop-off zone and parking arrangements, with temporary closures of some parking bays during construction.
    • Changed traffic movements.
    • Temporary relocation of the shelters closer to the temporary ferry access gangway.
    • Noise and vibration during piling works.
    • Stairs leading down to the water from the existing pontoon will be removed and reassembled once relocated to the temporary location.
    • Demolition of the existing jetty and ferry terminal.

    Further project updates will be provided via email to project stakeholders and subscribers.

    The project team would like to remind the community to please use caution around the construction site. We appreciate your patience and continued support during the delivery of this project.

    To contact the TMR project team, please email the team at boatinginfrastructure@msq.qld.gov.au.

  • On-site works for Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals set to commence

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    The Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) ferry terminals upgrade works are due to start at Russell Island this month, with Transport and Main Roads and Redland City Council announcing the start of the on-site works.

    Member for Redlands Kim Richards said this was good news for the SMBI communities on Russell, Macleay, Karragarra and Lamb islands, with overall works planned for completion in mid-2023.

    "This project will deliver new ferry terminals at Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra islands, which is a fantastic outcome for residents and visitors coming to our part of the world,” Ms Richards said.

    “The works on Russell Island will start this month with some temporary landside works to occur first.

    "It will also include repurposing the existing ferry terminal infrastructure for recreational use such as fishing and mooring and support 45 jobs over the life of the works."

    Ms Richards said ferry customers would see changes to pedestrian access to the Russell Island ferry terminal, drop-off facilities and car park.

    “The contractor will install temporary footpaths, a temporary access gangway, and a temporary relocation of the shelters to be closer to the relocated facilities," she said.

    “Transportation of the Russell Island pontoon sections from The Jetty Specialists (TJS) yard to Aluminium Marine at Thornlands occurred last week, which is great news for the local business, supporting local jobs.

    “Fabrication of the Macleay Island pontoon will now start at the TJS yard.”

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was excited to announce the commencement of the project’s onsite works.

    “I’m delighted that the delivery of one of Redlands Coast’s largest marine infrastructure projects will begin this month, with Russell Island’s ferry terminal the first of the four SMBI terminals to undergo the upgrade,” Cr Williams said.

    “Our SMBI communities have waited a long time to see these essential island transportation hubs improved, and it will be exciting to see the works take place over the next 24 months following years of planning and community consultation.

    “This joint project is an example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work together and I would like to thank the State Government for their support.”

    Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the progress was great to see.

    “This is fabulous news for the island community,” he said.

    “The SMBIs are one of the few communities in South East Queensland that rely on marine transport and this project will provide safe, reliable and disability accessible transport to and from the mainland.

    “Obviously, construction works will be required and we ask that Russell Island residents, business owners and visitors be mindful of temporary changes to parking availability and the new ferry access zone."

    For safety reasons, project contractors at Russell Island will be required to close off a section of the adjoining car park.

    From mid-October, several parking bays on the eastern side of the car park will be temporarily unavailable as contractors construct a new footpath leading to a temporary ferry access jetty, which will be the new boarding and disembarking point for commuters during the construction phase.

    Council will install maps and signs outlining the location of the new temporary ferry access jetty, which will be approximately 30 metres to the right of the existing ferry terminal, and construction signs will indicate which parking bays need to remain unoccupied.

    For more information on the project, email the TMR project team at boatinginfrastructure@msq.qld.gov.au.

    Site access overview and location of temporary ferry access gangway during the construction phase.



  • Contract to kickstart work on new Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals

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    The Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrade project has entered the construction phase, with the State Government and Redland City Council announcing a $20 million contract for stage one of the works.

    Member for Redlands Kim Richards said marine construction company The Jetty Specialist had been awarded the contract to build and install new ferry terminals on the four islands.

    “This is good news for the SMBI communities on Russell, Macleay, Karragarra, and Lamb Islands with the all-important pre-site works set to start," Ms Richards said.

    "When the project is completed, ferry customers will benefit from increased seating, drinking fountains, more waiting areas with better weather protection, and improved security with lighting and 24-hour video recording.

    “It will also deliver wider jetties and gangways for improved accessibility.”

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said awarding the tender was a significant project milestone for Redlands Coast creating local jobs and bringing delivery of the new terminals a step closer to fruition.

    “This is one of the largest – and possibly the most important - marine infrastructure projects we have seen for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands which will deliver for the community the much-needed ferry terminal upgrades they have been calling for,” Cr Williams said.

    “Islanders will finally have modern ferry terminal facilities built for purpose which will serve them for years to come.

    “I am particularly pleased that a local company will be part of the contract, with Thornlands-based Aluminium Marine responsible for building significant fit-out work for the ferry terminal pontoons.

    “Council and the State Government have worked together to fund and plan this project and islanders played an important role in telling us what they wanted. I know how excited they are now the project has reached this important stage.

    “Today’s great news means we are one step closer to helping residents move around our beautiful Redlands Coast faster and safer.”

    Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said he was thankful for the community’s contribution that has helped bring the project to this exciting phase.

    “As the project enters its final phase, I would like to thank the community for their invaluable input and support over the years to help deliver the long-awaited ferry terminals,” Cr Edwards said.

    The Jetty Specialist is a Queensland family-owned company based on the Sunshine Coast that has delivered marine facilities throughout the state and in the Redlands area.

    The Jetty Specialist General Manager of Operations, Dane Morris said the company was proud to be awarded the contract for the SMBI Ferry Terminal Upgrades.

    "This is important infrastructure for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and will benefit the region and support the manufacturing industry in South-East Queensland," Mr Morris said.

    "Our company is looking forward to delivering this high-quality marine infrastructure project in our beautiful backyard."

    Due to the scale of the project with four new terminals, the contract has been split into two packages.

    Package one involves sourcing materials and building important components such as pontoons, headstocks, and deck slabs for the fixed jetties and the pontoon piles.

    There will also be a new floating walkway for the Macleay Island boat ramp and redesign and construction of existing ferry pontoons for recreational boating and fishing.

    The remaining onsite construction of the ferry terminals and all the landside works will be combined into the second contract, due to be awarded late this year.

    It is likely works will occur on more than one island at a time.

    Locals and visitors will also benefit, with gangways and pontoons repurposed for recreational use.

    The project will support an average of 45 direct jobs over the life of the works.

    Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrade project is a jointly-funded $37 million project, with the Queensland Government contributing $22 million and Redland City Council contributing $15 million.

    For more information on public transport, including changes to ferry terminals and services during construction, visit the TransLink website www.translink.com.au or phone 13 12 30.

  • Project Update - September 2020

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    Removal of some trees required to proceed with construction of the ferry terminals

    The project team has identified certain trees located either on land or in the tidal-zone adjacent to the existing Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra Island ferry terminals will need to be removed to proceed with the construction and upgrade of these islands’ ferry terminals.

    The project team has made every effort to avoid impacting nearby vegetation, including trees. However, the design of the new ferry terminals cannot be amended any further. The trees to be removed are in areas that intersect with the construction of the ferry terminals and its amenities and will ultimately be replaced by sheltered waiting areas, providing passengers with better protection from the weather.

    For specific details, please refer to the:

    • FAQs, and
    • Tree and historic structures removal/relocation guide, both available on this page.


    Ferry terminals' screens' artwork designed by Quandamooka artist Shara Delaney, and storyboard info provided by Aunty Sandra Delaney

    At the November 2019 open house sessions, the community expressed positive feedback on a proposal to include artwork on the new ferry terminals. Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) was subsequently consulted in the detailed design phase, and several artists were approached to develop artwork designs. Quandamooka artist Shara Delaney provided the final artwork designs, which were then submitted to the designer for inclusion in the ferry terminals' perforated screens. QYAC was also engaged to provide storyboard information for the artwork.

    The storyboard information and the final artwork designs are available on this page.

    The engagement of QYAC for this artwork is recognition by the project team of the Quandamooka People's strong continuous connection to the land and seas of the Moreton Bay Islands.

  • Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminal upgrades another step closer

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    The Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminal Upgrade Project has entered an exciting new phase, with Redland City Council and the Queensland Government announcing the tender process for construction of the upgrades was underway.

    The announcement follows the recent finalisation of the detailed design, which now includes new toilet facilities for the upgraded Russell and Macleay island ferry terminals.

    Mayor Karen Williams said these project developments were exciting.

    “These are all positive steps forward in delivering the much-anticipated works,” she said.

    “While this particular phase is complex and may take some time, it is important that we ensure value for the community; and once the contract is awarded, construction can begin.

    “The 3D graphics of the detailed drawings and the terminals’ perforated screens’ artwork, designed by Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, are also available for the community to view via the project’s page on Council’s Your Say site.

    “While some operational matters required the project team and ferry operators to revisit the preliminary designs, key themes and requests identified by the community during last year’s consultation period are still in the designs.

    “This includes features such as repurposed gangways and pontoons for recreational use, increased seating, provision for Wi-Fi, drinking fountains, improved security with lighting and 24-hour video recording, enhanced weather screening, and more waiting areas for better weather protection, and wider jetties and gangways for improved accessibility.

    “To top it off, the Russell and Macleay island ferry terminals will have new toilet blocks built closer to the terminals as part of the project.”

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said he was pleased to announce tenders for construction of the four ferry terminals had been combined into one contract.

    “The project team has done a significant amount of work to reach this milestone and it is wonderful news for the island communities that we are now another step nearer," Mr Bailey said.

    Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the tender was now open for five weeks, closing next month (October).

    “The project will support an average of 45 direct jobs over the life of the works at a time when they’re needed most," Ms Richards said.

    ''We're committed to keeping Queensland moving and investing in the Redlands community during this difficult period."

    Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the final detailed design and tender process brought delivery of the upgraded ferry terminals one step closer.

    “This is great news for our island communities,” he said.

    “As we know, the community has waited a long time to see the islands’ primary transportation hubs receive the upgrades they need, and it’s good to see the project moving forward.”

    Companies interested to tender can view or download project documents via this link: https://etender.hpw.qld.gov.au/

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