Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminal Upgrade Project

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The Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminal Upgrade Project has been in planning by Council and TransLink (a division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads) since 2014.

Council and the department are working in partnership to deliver the upgrade of the Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra Island ferry terminals in consultation with island communities, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, SeaLink, and other key stakeholders to explore their requests and plan suitable ferry terminal design options.

The project will involve replacing the existing Russell Island jetty, as well as repurposing and replacing the gangways and pontoons on Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra Islands.

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.

The existing ferry pontoons will be repurposed for recreational fishing and mooring.

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 and news feed
  • Subscribe to receive project updates straight to your inbox

The Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminal Upgrade Project has been in planning by Council and TransLink (a division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads) since 2014.

Council and the department are working in partnership to deliver the upgrade of the Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra Island ferry terminals in consultation with island communities, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, SeaLink, and other key stakeholders to explore their requests and plan suitable ferry terminal design options.

The project will involve replacing the existing Russell Island jetty, as well as repurposing and replacing the gangways and pontoons on Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra Islands.

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.

The existing ferry pontoons will be repurposed for recreational fishing and mooring.

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 and news feed
  • Subscribe to receive project updates straight to your inbox
  • Project Update - September 2020

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    28 Sep 2020

    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 historical 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 a number of artists were approached to develop artwork designs. Quandamooka artist Shara Delaney provided the final design artwork, where was then submitted to the designer for inclusion in the ferry terminals' perforated screens.

    QYAC was also engaged to provide storyboard information for the artwork which is available together with the final artwork designs 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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    03 Sep 2020

    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/

  • 3D graphics of the future ferry terminals, coming soon

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    19 Aug 2020

    The project's detailed design phase is nearing completion.

    Stay tuned to see what the future SMBI ferry terminals will look like as three-dimensional graphics. The graphics will be uploaded and available for viewing on this page in the coming weeks.

  • New ferry terminals to be delivered sooner

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    11 Jun 2020

    June 2020

    Four new ferry terminals on Redlands Coast will be delivered sooner and at an estimated cost saving of more than $5 million after Council this week agreed to bring forward the projects.

    Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s decision would see the Southern Moreton Bay Island ferry terminals delivered about 12 months sooner than originally expected, delivering local jobs and saving residents money.

    “This is an exciting partnership between Council and Transport and Main Roads that will see four new ferry terminals delivered for our Southern Moreton Bay Islands, helping residents move around our beautiful Redlands Coast faster and safer,” Cr Williams said.

    “Through this partnership, TMR and Council have found a way to deliver the project sooner and in doing so save ratepayers $2 million, with a total saving of $5 million across the entire project, including State Government savings.

    “The project still includes the original design of updating the jetties, gangways and pontoons, and repurposing existing ferry pontoons for recreational uses such as fishing and mooring.

    “This is an exciting development that will also see more jobs created in the 2020/21 financial year, which is vital following the economic impacts of COVID-19.

    “There are many benefits in this for Redlands Coast, and we are keen to see the project delivered as quickly as possible.”

    Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the Southern Moreton Bay Islands community had waited a long time to see the terminals receive the significant upgrades they needed.

    “We are a city of islands, and the ferry terminals are vital for island residents and highly important to the Redlands Coast economy,” he said.

    “Council and the State Government negotiated patiently over a long period of time for the best outcome possible for the community, and this new development will see that outcome realised sooner.”

    Member for Redlands Kim Richards said she welcomed Council’s decision, which would deliver local jobs sooner.

    "This decision means we can get the ferry terminal upgrades finished sooner for all our islands and create more local construction jobs when they’re needed most,” Ms Richards said.

    “We’re expecting tenders for construction to go out in August, and this announcement will cut about a year off the time it will take to get the work done, so I can’t wait for our community to see work start on these upgrades that will create an enviable arrival and departure experience for our island communities.”

    Cr Williams said that in other Council works brought forward, the Wharf Street, Cleveland car park was currently being resurfaced.

    “Council took the opportunity during the recent travel ban to North Stradbroke Island to bring forward this important maintenance work, which was previously planned for the next financial year,” she said.

    “This work is part of Council’s broader roads program and is expected to be completed soon, weather permitting.”

  • SMBI ferry terminal project moves to next phase after signing of deed of agreement

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    11 Jun 2020

    March 2020

    The Department of Transport and Main Roads and Redland City Council have sealed the deal on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminal Upgrade Project after both parties signed off on the project’s deed of agreement this week.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said this was an important milestone for the $34.1 million project and we're delighted to be working with Redland City Council to deliver this much-needed project for the SMBI communities.

    Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said he was very happy that an agreement had been reached during such a critical phase of the project.

    “I am satisfied that the terms of the deed align with the community’s needs and Council’s long-term goals for Redlands Coast,” Mr Chesterman said.

    “It’s great to see this project moving on to the next phase, the detailed design phase.”

    The signing of the deed has occurred concurrently with the announcement of the outcomes of the project’s final stage of community consultation which took place last year.

    Minister Bailey said there had been three stages of community engagement since 2016.

    “Consultation involved collecting feedback through intercept surveys, meetings, in-depth stakeholder reviews, the project webpage and open houses,” Minister Bailey said.

    “By working closely with key stakeholders and local residents, we have been able to explore their requests and plan suitable terminal design options for Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands.”

    "The third and final stage took place from August to November 2019 with a number of key themes being identified during the concept design consultation period. These were incorporated where possible in the preliminary designs.

    “The preliminary designs were then presented in November at a series of open houses on each of the four islands and on the mainland. The community’s feedback on the designs was very positive.”

    "One of the highlights of attending the open houses was the opportunity for people to vote on the four potential terminal screening colour palettes for each island, and to view the sample board displaying different material options.

    “The colour scheme selected for each island were the most popular choices – I encourage locals to view the consultation snapshot flyer now available on the project webpage at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/upgrade-of-smbi-ferry-terminals," Mr Bailey said.

    Mr Chesterman said he was excited for the community to view the results and looked forward to construction starting on the first new terminal on Russell Island later this year.

    “The project includes upgrading or replacing the SMBIs’ terminals – including jetties, gangways and pontoons – over four years. The plans also include repurposing existing ferry pontoons for recreational uses such as fishing and mooring,” he said.

  • Next step

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    03 Dec 2019

    Thank you to everyone who came along to the Open Houses and shared their thoughts and comments with the project team. We hope you had a wonderful experience.

    The project team will now review the feedback and prepare a summary report.

    In early 2020, a project fact sheet will be distributed to the SMBI community to share the feedback we have received including, key themes and the much anticipated results from the vote on the terminals' colour palettes.

    Stay tuned.

  • Preliminary designs displayed at November Open Houses

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    05 Nov 2019

    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

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    21 Sep 2019

    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!

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    26 Aug 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

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    by emma, 26 Aug 2019

    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.