The Queensland Government through the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Council are upgrading the public boat ramp and trailer parking to provide safe and easy access into one of our region’s busiest waterways, the Mooloolah River.
The new two-lane boat ramp, floating walkway and car-parking upgrade were identified as a high priority in the 2017 Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study.
The new facility has been designed to take pressure off the popular Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba and La Balsa Park, Buddina boat ramps. It will assist in meeting community demand for boat launching facilities over the next 20 years.
Stage 1 of the upgrade includes:
- A revetment wall on the northern side to protect against erosion
- a new two-lane boat ramp with floating walkway to improve access (currently single lane boat access)
- a new sealed carpark with 36 car-trailer parks (currently 10)
Council is pleased to be delivering this project in partnership with the Australian and Queensland governments. The state's Maritime Infrastructure Investment Program is funding the boat ramp and floating walkway.
The Australian Government is contributing to Council's landside works through its 2020-2024 Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program and the Queensland Government through its South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program.
Stage 1 construction is expected to start early September 2023 and be completed by February 2024 (weather permitting).
During construction, the boat ramp will be temporarily closed to complete the works efficiently and with minimal impact to nearby properties and user groups.
Alternative nearby boat ramps include La Balsa Park, Buddina and Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. Signage will be in place to redirect mariners during these works.
Canoe Club temporary relocation
During the boat ramp upgrade construction period, the Panamuna Outrigger Canoe Club will be temporarily relocated to the Mooloolah Drive Park, Birtinya.
The club’s canoes and kayaks will be secured on site with the club responsible for maintaining the area during the relocation period. Any damage to the park/grass due to wear as a result of the temporary relocation will be rectified.
Where to from here
Following the completion of the new boat ramp, Council is planning to deliver community assets as part of Stage 2 works which includes a new public amenities and landscaping works for those who wish to stay ashore.
Stage 2 is subject to further investigation and funding.
To contact Council’s project team please email