The Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminals Upgrade Project

The ferry terminals' concept designs are the next step in a project coming closer to fruition as the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Redland City Council (Council) negotiate a Deed of Agreement for the $34.1m upgrade of the four island jetties - at Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands.

TMR and Council have been working closely with island residents, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), SeaLink, the State Government's Accessibility Reference Group and other key stakeholders to explore their requests and plan suitable terminal design options. This feedback has informed the development of the concept designs.

The designs will meet the State’s Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 requirements.

The intention is to retain and convert the existing ferry pontoons to recreational facilities for community use as part of the project.

The new terminals are planned to be delivered over the next four years.

If you haven't already, please take a look at the concept design for your local terminal.

Next steps

The community consultation period has closed.

The next step now in the design process is developing the preliminary designs. Concept design feedback has been supplied to the designers and will be incorporated where possible.

You will have an opportunity to view the preliminary designs at a series of Open Houses on each of the four islands and on the mainland in November 2019. Please look over our key dates to see when and where your local Open House is being held.

Members of the project team will be available at the Open House sessions to answer questions and take your feedback before the designs are finalised.

We welcome your feedback on Council’s possible future landside plans at the November 2019 Open Houses. Council's traffic, road and Civic and Open Space management team will also be present to answer questions and record suggestions. Your feedback will be used to help future planning.

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The ferry terminals' concept designs are the next step in a project coming closer to fruition as the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Redland City Council (Council) negotiate a Deed of Agreement for the $34.1m upgrade of the four island jetties - at Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands.

TMR and Council have been working closely with island residents, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), SeaLink, the State Government's Accessibility Reference Group and other key stakeholders to explore their requests and plan suitable terminal design options. This feedback has informed the development of the concept designs.

The designs will meet the State’s Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 requirements.

The intention is to retain and convert the existing ferry pontoons to recreational facilities for community use as part of the project.

The new terminals are planned to be delivered over the next four years.

If you haven't already, please take a look at the concept design for your local terminal.

Next steps

The community consultation period has closed.

The next step now in the design process is developing the preliminary designs. Concept design feedback has been supplied to the designers and will be incorporated where possible.

You will have an opportunity to view the preliminary designs at a series of Open Houses on each of the four islands and on the mainland in November 2019. Please look over our key dates to see when and where your local Open House is being held.

Members of the project team will be available at the Open House sessions to answer questions and take your feedback before the designs are finalised.

We welcome your feedback on Council’s possible future landside plans at the November 2019 Open Houses. Council's traffic, road and Civic and Open Space management team will also be present to answer questions and record suggestions. Your feedback will be used to help future planning.

How to get involved

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  • Preliminary designs displayed at November Open Houses

    10 days ago

    The project team are ready to present the preliminary designs!

    The designs will be displayed at a series of Open Houses in November on each of the four islands and on the mainland. Island residents and stakeholders will also be able to ask questions and provide feedback to the project team.

    From these later designs, residents will be able to see – and comment on – more specific features such as weather protection, lighting, colour, seating, queuing capacity and mooring facilities.

    Details of November Open Houses are:

    • Mainland Redlands Coast Open House – Thursday 14 November 2019 at the Victoria Point Shopping Centre, 2-34 Bunker Road, Victoria Point, from 5:00pm until 9:00pm
    • Russell Island Open House – Saturday 16 November 2019 at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island, from 2:30pm until 5:30pm
    • Macleay Island Open House – Sunday 17 November 2019 at the Macleay Island Community Hall, 32 High Central Road, Macleay Island, from 12:30pm until 4:30pm
    • Karragarra Island Open House – Saturday 23 November 2019 at the Sun Smart Foreshore Playground, 176-200 The Esplanade, Karragarra Island, from midday until 2:00pm
    • Lamb Island Open House – Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Lamb Island Community Hall, 140/142 Lucas Drive, Lamb Island, from 10:00am until midday

    The project team are ready to present the preliminary designs!

    The designs will be displayed at a series of Open Houses in November on each of the four islands and on the mainland. Island residents and stakeholders will also be able to ask questions and provide feedback to the project team.

    From these later designs, residents will be able to see – and comment on – more specific features such as weather protection, lighting, colour, seating, queuing capacity and mooring facilities.

    Details of November Open Houses are:

    • Mainland Redlands Coast Open House – Thursday 14 November 2019 at the Victoria Point Shopping Centre, 2-34 Bunker Road, Victoria Point, from 5:00pm until 9:00pm
    • Russell Island Open House – Saturday 16 November 2019 at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island, from 2:30pm until 5:30pm
    • Macleay Island Open House – Sunday 17 November 2019 at the Macleay Island Community Hall, 32 High Central Road, Macleay Island, from 12:30pm until 4:30pm
    • Karragarra Island Open House – Saturday 23 November 2019 at the Sun Smart Foreshore Playground, 176-200 The Esplanade, Karragarra Island, from midday until 2:00pm
    • Lamb Island Open House – Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Lamb Island Community Hall, 140/142 Lucas Drive, Lamb Island, from 10:00am until midday
  • Concept designs consultation extended

    about 2 months ago

    The feedback consultation period on the ferry terminals’ concept designs has been extended to Sunday 6 October 2019.

    More detailed preliminary designs will also then be on display at Open Houses in November on each of the four islands and mainland where residents can provide face-to-face feedback to the project team.

    From these later designs, residents will be able to see – and then comment on – more specific features such as weather protection, lighting, colour, seating, queuing capacity and mooring facilities.

    Details of November Open Houses are:

    • Mainland Redlands Coast Open House – Thursday 14 November 2019 at the Victoria Point Shopping Centre, 2-34 Bunker Road, Victoria Point, from 5:00pm until 9:00pm
    • Russell Island Open House – Saturday 16 November 2019 at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island, from 2:30pm until 5:30pm
    • Macleay Island Open House – Sunday 17 November 2019 at the Macleay Island Community Hall, 32 High Central Road, Macleay Island, from 12:30pm until 4:30pm
    • Karragarra Island Open House – Saturday 23 November 2019 at the Sun Smart Foreshore Playground, 176-200 The Esplanade, Karragarra Island, from midday until 2:00pm
    • Lamb Island Open House – Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Lamb Island Community Hall, 140/142 Lucas Drive, Lamb Island, from 10:00am until midday

    The feedback consultation period on the ferry terminals’ concept designs has been extended to Sunday 6 October 2019.

    More detailed preliminary designs will also then be on display at Open Houses in November on each of the four islands and mainland where residents can provide face-to-face feedback to the project team.

    From these later designs, residents will be able to see – and then comment on – more specific features such as weather protection, lighting, colour, seating, queuing capacity and mooring facilities.

    Details of November Open Houses are:

    • Mainland Redlands Coast Open House – Thursday 14 November 2019 at the Victoria Point Shopping Centre, 2-34 Bunker Road, Victoria Point, from 5:00pm until 9:00pm
    • Russell Island Open House – Saturday 16 November 2019 at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island, from 2:30pm until 5:30pm
    • Macleay Island Open House – Sunday 17 November 2019 at the Macleay Island Community Hall, 32 High Central Road, Macleay Island, from 12:30pm until 4:30pm
    • Karragarra Island Open House – Saturday 23 November 2019 at the Sun Smart Foreshore Playground, 176-200 The Esplanade, Karragarra Island, from midday until 2:00pm
    • Lamb Island Open House – Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Lamb Island Community Hall, 140/142 Lucas Drive, Lamb Island, from 10:00am until midday

  • You spoke, we listened!

    3 months ago

    The concept designs for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminals Project are in.

    Take a look at the designs for your local terminal and provide us with you feedback to help refine the designs.

    The feedback portal will be open from Monday 26 August until Sunday 8 September 2019.

    The concept designs for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminals Project are in.

    Take a look at the designs for your local terminal and provide us with you feedback to help refine the designs.

    The feedback portal will be open from Monday 26 August until Sunday 8 September 2019.

  • September 2017 update

    by emma, 3 months ago

    Redland City Council is developing business plans and applications to seek funding from the state government towards the upgrade of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ (SMBIs’) ferry terminals.

    The move follows community engagement on the project in February last year, which informed initial concept plans developed by Cardno and Architectus – the design and engineering firms appointed to the project.

    The project includes upgrading or replacing the terminals – including jetties, gangways and pontoons – on Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands.

    Acting Redland City Mayor Wendy Boglary said that following the first round of community consultation, concept plans were...

    Redland City Council is developing business plans and applications to seek funding from the state government towards the upgrade of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ (SMBIs’) ferry terminals.

    The move follows community engagement on the project in February last year, which informed initial concept plans developed by Cardno and Architectus – the design and engineering firms appointed to the project.

    The project includes upgrading or replacing the terminals – including jetties, gangways and pontoons – on Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands.

    Acting Redland City Mayor Wendy Boglary said that following the first round of community consultation, concept plans were developed and canvassed with the main stakeholders.

    “These are being reviewed in line with feedback and budget availability before being released for further community consultation.

    “We want people to have a realistic idea of what can be delivered within the funding available.

    “Some may feel this is a lengthy process – and it is,” Cr Boglary said.

    “Because we engaged with the community before the project even started, preparation work usually done behind the scenes has been visible to the public.

    “But we wanted the SMBI community to have input into the design brief so they’ll be happy with the end result.”

    Assistant Minister for Transport Glenn Butcher said funding for ferry terminal upgrades was available for Redland City Council through the Passenger Transport Infrastructure Investment Program (PTIIP).

    “We’re pleased to have provided Council with a $250,000 grant to progress their business case and concept designs,” Mr Butcher said.

    Council’s Infrastructure and Operations area confirmed that infrastructure projects of this size can take from four to eight years to complete – particularly where there are multiple community and stakeholder engagements and complex funding submissions to all levels of government.

    Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said that the next stage of the project would see ‘preliminary’ plans created for each terminal which would be released for input from the community and key stakeholders, including ferry operators, the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and resident’s associations.

    “Before we get to that stage, Council has to wait for input from a number of state departments, so we don’t yet have a definite timeline.

    “But island residents should rest assured we’re working hard to win as much funding as possible to deliver the best possible result for the community,” Cr Edwards said.

    The terminals will have a design life of 25 years, and non-negotiables include better protection from the weather and better access to ferries via jetties, gangways and pontoons.

    Council hopes to build in added value by incorporating suggestions to improve visual amenity, enable recreational use of the facilities and provide complementary business opportunities.

  • May 2017 update

    by emma, over 2 years ago
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    Progress has been made on the SMBI Ferry Terminal project,

    What we have done:

    • SMBI ferry terminal users and stakeholders consulted on their thoughts on the existing terminals.
    • A design brief incorporating community and key stakeholder input was prepared.
    • Invitations to tender for design services were issued.
    • Tenders were evaluated and designers appointed.
    • Design concepts prepared.
    • Key stakeholders consulted on the design concepts.
    • Revised design concepts incorporating stakeholder feedback were prepared and costed.

    What we are doing now:

    • Business cases in support of funding applications to Council and the state are being prepared.

    What’s next?

    Progress has been made on the SMBI Ferry Terminal project,

    What we have done:

    • SMBI ferry terminal users and stakeholders consulted on their thoughts on the existing terminals.
    • A design brief incorporating community and key stakeholder input was prepared.
    • Invitations to tender for design services were issued.
    • Tenders were evaluated and designers appointed.
    • Design concepts prepared.
    • Key stakeholders consulted on the design concepts.
    • Revised design concepts incorporating stakeholder feedback were prepared and costed.

    What we are doing now:

    • Business cases in support of funding applications to Council and the state are being prepared.

    What’s next?

    • Funding applications will be made to Council and the State Government.
    • On approval of upgrades which can be funded, the community will be consulted on the design concepts.
    • Revised ‘preliminary’ designs incorporating community feedback will be prepared.
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  • November 2016 update

    by emma, almost 3 years ago

    Since February 2016, Council and its project partner, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), have been consulting with island communities and other ferry terminals users on what they like and dislike about the existing terminals, and what they think the upgraded terminals should do, and look like.

    Much of the feedback included a desire for better protection from the weather and wider gangways for improved access. View feedback received.

    Armed with an understanding of what ferry terminal users wanted, Council and DTMR invited some of the country’s best architectural design and engineering firms to bid for the...

    Since February 2016, Council and its project partner, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), have been consulting with island communities and other ferry terminals users on what they like and dislike about the existing terminals, and what they think the upgraded terminals should do, and look like.

    Much of the feedback included a desire for better protection from the weather and wider gangways for improved access. View feedback received.

    Armed with an understanding of what ferry terminal users wanted, Council and DTMR invited some of the country’s best architectural design and engineering firms to bid for the concept design contract. Following a 12-week tender and evaluation process, a design partnership between engineering and architectural firms Cardo and Architectus was appointed. View the media release.

    When developed, the design concepts will not only help Council prepare a business case to apply for funding for the upgrades, they will also be given to the community for feedback.

    Community consultation will be widely advertised, or be the first to know and register to receive updates.

  • What you have told us so far

    by jon.guarna, over 3 years ago
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    We've been talking to Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) residents about the upgrade of the ferry terminals on Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands.

    This is some of what you have said you would like to see.

    Ferry terminals should provide protection from the weather

    • The ferry terminals should provide protection from the southeast rain and wind.
    • The ferry terminals should provide protection from the sun.
    • Gutters are needed to stop rain running off the roof and blowing onto users queuing on the ferry terminal's jetties, gangways and pontoons.
    • The roofing between pontoons, gangways, jetties and...

    We've been talking to Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) residents about the upgrade of the ferry terminals on Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands.

    This is some of what you have said you would like to see.

    Ferry terminals should provide protection from the weather

    • The ferry terminals should provide protection from the southeast rain and wind.
    • The ferry terminals should provide protection from the sun.
    • Gutters are needed to stop rain running off the roof and blowing onto users queuing on the ferry terminal's jetties, gangways and pontoons.
    • The roofing between pontoons, gangways, jetties and the land shelters should be unbroken so users can pass from shore to boat without getting wet.
    • Land shelters should be large enough to accommodate the growing number of users of the ferry terminals.
    • Protection from the elements should not come at the cost of lost views or breezes.

    Jetties and gangways should be wider

    • The jetties and gangways need to be wider to deal with the uses and number of users of the ferry terminals. There needs to be sufficient room for queuing on and off the ferries, as well as sufficient room for passing of people with trolleys, dogs, prams, 'carry on freight', and people in wheelchairs or scooters.

    Pontoons should be bigger

    • The pontoons need to be wider to deal with the uses and number of users of the ferry terminals. For instance, those with mobility issues would ideally make their way to the pontoon to wait in close proximity to where the boat arrives, but at present there is insufficient room, seats or shelter.

    Ferry terminals should be safe to use

    • The yellow dimpled floor tiles (for the sight impaired) are slippery when wet, difficult to push wheel chairs over and capture wheels in their ruts.
    • The rocking of the pontoon can make it difficult for those with mobility issues to wait in close proximity to where the boat arrives.
    • The gangway slope can be difficult for those with mobility issues, particularly those using wheeled walking frames - who can struggle to control their descent down gangways.

    Ferry terminals should be safe places to be

    • Installation of a phone (or other audio hook up) to police would improve the feeling of personal security at the ferry terminals.
    • Better lighting and a CCTV security camera with a 'safe zone' in camera frame would also help.

    Ferry terminal users should be comfortable

    • More seating (protected from the weather) is needed to deal with the number of users of the ferry terminals.
    • Seating should be comfortable.

    Ferry terminals should look good

    • The ferry terminals should look good, they're what visitors and residents first see when they come to the islands.
    • Less attractive facilities, like bins for example, should be repositioned to less visually prominent places.
    • The design and materials used in the upgrades of the ferry terminals should be in keeping with the character of the islands.
    • The mosaics should be incorporated more effectively into the upgraded terminals.

    Features that ferry terminal users would like considered in the upgrade

    • A water bubbler
    • A fire hydrant
    • Access to water (and hose) for cleaning of decking
    • Fish cleaning bench and sink
    • More bins
    • Dog tidy bags and bins
    • Lockers
    • Signage that better identifies each of the islands
    • Better tourist information boards or facilities
    • Somewhere to tie up boats
    • Somewhere to lock up bikes
    • Somewhere out of the weather to lock up mobility scooters
    • Somewhere to top up Go cards
    • A drink vending machine
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Separate male and female toilets in close proximity to the terminal
    • See through screening enabling passengers to see the ferry from the shelter

    Other potential ferry terminal uses

    • Somewhere to fish. Many islanders believe islanders need somewhere to fish, but all dislike the mess and smell that those fishing leave.
    • Somewhere for foreshore business activities - like cafes, kiosks and pump out facilities to attract passing boaties.
    • Somewhere to show local art.

    Related issues

    • Population growth and changing demographics are putting increasing pressure on car arking, disabled car parking and drop off and pick up zones.
    • Limited transport options are exacerbating existing access issues experiences by the aged and those with mobility issues.
    • The high volume of vehicular traffic (heavy vehicles using the barge, buses, taxis and cars dropping off and picking up) mixing in a small area with pedestrians, including many children, requires good traffic and pedestrian planning and management.

    Issues specific to the Russell Island ferry terminal

    • Length of the jetty makes access to the ferries difficult for those with mobility issues, or those carrying 'freight' (for which the trolley was historically used).
    • A fire hydrant is needed half way up the jetty.

    Issues specific to the Karragarra Island ferry terminal

    • The character of the island should be reflected in the design and materials used in the construction of the ferry terminal.
    • Lighting at the terminal needs to be improved.

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