Newell Beach Boat Ramp Update

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The Member for Cook Cynthia Lui reports that a revised design for the  $3.2 million upgrade to Newell Beach boat ramp has been publicly released.

“I know how keen local boaties are to see this project come to fruition and I understand the importance of getting the design right.”

“I want to thank the community for getting involved in this project, and for sharing their ideas with me and my office to make sure your voice has been heard throughout this process. 

“The Palaszczuk Government knows just how important this type of infrastructure is when it comes to our economic recovery, jobs and of course to supporting our boaties. 

“At this stage, the development application process will restart based on the new design.”

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“I have been advised that tenders will be advertised in mid-2021. Once environmental approvals are gained, further discussions with local stakeholders will occur regarding the construction phase.”

“Onsite construction works are expected to commence later this year.”

Construction was scheduled to commence in mid 2020, but ongoing comprehensive design and flood modelling suggested that changes to the design were required to ensure the upgraded ramp could facilitate acceptable flooding impacts.

Following more detailed flood modelling work, the design configuration (PDF, 1.43 MB) for the new boat ramp has changed. 

The preferred option has resulted in a shortened flat causeway leading to the sloping section of the boat ramp. The boat ramp will now protrude less into the current flows than the earlier design. There will be two ramp lanes and a central fixed walkway. The development application process has restarted based on the revised design.

“I strongly encourage community members to contact the project team if they have any enquiries, by email at

A total of $3.2 million has been allocated to the design and construction of the Newell Beach Boat Ramp.

The Palaszczuk Government is investing $100 million in new and upgraded ramps, walkways and other maritime projects right across Queensland.