The project involved the construction of a new two-lane boat ramp, floating walkway, rock groyne and new parking facilities at Lions Park in Burrum Heads. The existing stormwater pipe outlet was also realigned as part of the works.
Benefits of the project include:
- Improved safety and access to surrounding waterways with the construction of a two-lane all-tide boat ramp
- Reduced congestion with the installation of a floating walkway to assist with boat launching and retrieval activities
- Adequate parking facilities at Lions Park to support the popular coastal fishing village, particularly during busy periods
- Improved water quality upstream of Lions Park with the realignment of the stormwater pipe outlet.
14 October 2016
Great news for Burrum Heads boaties with the new $5 million boat ramp facility at Lions Park now complete.
Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey was pleased to celebrate the completion of this fantastic asset with an official opening.
“This project has been over 20 years in the making and as you can see, it was well worth the wait,” Mr Bailey said.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Burrum Heads community, in particular the Boat Ramp Sub Committee and the Progress Association, for their patience and contribution towards this project.
The Burrum Heads community expressed concerns that the existing boat ramp facilities were inadequate for safety reasons and given the increasing patronage.
Lions Park was chosen as the preferred location for a number of reasons including it being the most cost effective solution for solving the parking issues being experienced.
“This location also has less wave action than the other two boat ramp facilities and would improve the storm water pollution issues.”
Works involved the construction of a new two-lane boat ramp, rock wall and parking facility, and improving stormwater drainage.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said a floating walkway was also installed to help reduce congestion and assist with boat launching and retrieval activities, especially during busy times.
“It will improve pedestrian accessibility, particularly for children, people with a disability and the elderly entering and leaving vessels at the ramp,” Mr Saunders said.
The overall project was able to incorporate several additional benefits to the local community including sealed parking for Lions Park and improved pedestrian access across the site to Riverside Drive, new beach area downstream of the rock wall and correcting the stormwater pollution issue to improve water quality.
“The local outrigger club gained a new and improved compound and shed much closer to the water,” he said.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor, Chris Loft was involved in today’s official ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Upgrading our recreational areas encourages more people to enjoy the outdoors and bring people together, which helps council support more active, connected and inclusive communities,” Cr Loft said
“This project was a great collaboration between the Queensland Government and council with both tiers of government contributing funding.
Transport and Main Roads provided $3.5 million allocated from the Marine Infrastructure Fund, with the remainder from Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Sunshine Coast-based company, Hall Contracting Pty Ltd were awarded the contract in April to complete these works.
“Hall Contracting is an experienced civil construction company with over 65 years of experience in dredging, civil and marine projects,” Cr Loft said.
“They have done a fantastic job in completing this project, on time and on budget.
The new boat ramp facility will be open to the public from 1pm on Saturday (15 October).
Cr Loft said the final touches would be made over the next week, including installation of lighting, which may require some short closures.
The Burrum Heads Community will also be celebrating the opening of the Burrum Heads Boat Ramp on 22 October, 2016. In conjunction with this celebration the car park and Burrum Heads Boat Ramp will be closed during the period 7.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. on 22 October, 2016.
On behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads
The need for a safe, all-tide boat ramp at Burrum Heads to improve access to surrounding waterways for local and visiting recreational boaties, with adequate parking facilities, has been strongly promoted by the local community for over 20 years.
The two public boat ramps already established have limited parking facilities available and experience strong tidal currents and wave action, significantly affecting the safe use of the ramps.
Several design options for a new boat ramp and car-trailer parking facility have been proposed and considered over the 20 years, however have been ultimately discounted for various social, environmental and operational reasons.
Recognising the importance of this project, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Fraser Coast Regional Council have worked together to plan and construct a new facility at Lions Park.
The scope of the project included:
- Constructing an all-tide two-lane (2 x 4m) precast concrete planked boat ramp, rigging and de-rigging areas and turnaround facility
- Installing a floating walkway
- Constructing a rock groyne, about 60m in length, adjacent to the ramp to protect it from cross currents and wave action
- Reclamation of an area of about 7,500m² to allow for the boat ramp turning area and new car-trailer parking facility to be built
- Providing an asphalt car parking facility to accommodate 45 single car parks, three disabled car parks, one disabled car-trailer park, and 48 car-trailer parks.
- Providing safe pedestrian access with the construction of footpaths and road crossings which are disability compliant
- A new bus bay to provide tourist and retirement home bus access
- Provision for an improved outrigger compound in close proximity to the western beach
- Improving drainage through the car park and realigning existing stormwater drainage
- Maintaining the visual amenity of the Lions Park area.
|Estimated project milestones||Original Date||Revised Date||Status|
|Design consultancy awarded||September 2014||Awarded November 2014||Completed|
|Final design uploaded to project webpage||December 2014||January 2016||Completed|
|Marine Park and FHA revocation approval||Early 2015||Mid October 2015||Completed|
|Tenders called for construction||Early 2015||February 2016||Completed|
|Tenders for construction close||March 2015||March 2016||Completed|
|All necessary approval obtained||Mid 2015||February 2016||Completed|
|Construction contract awarded||Mid 2015||April 2016||Completed|
|Construction starts||October 2015||3 May 2016||Completed|
|Construction completed||April 2016||October 2016||Completed|
The Department of Transport and Main Roads and Fraser Coast Regional Council jointly funded the $5m project. The department contributed $3.5m with Council contributing the remaining $1.5m.