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The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is upgrading the boat ramp, pontoon, and jetty at Jacobs Well to improve access to the Moreton Bay Marine Park. The boat ramp will be upgraded with new wider 4 m lanes, the existing pontoon will be demolished, and a replacement built nearby, and the jetty will be replaced. The GCWA is investing $2.3 million into the upgrade of this boating destination. Once complete, the project will improve capacity to help manage peak periods at the Jacobs Well boat ramp. The benefits to the community include improved safety and access by relocating the pontoon. The current pontoon will be demolished as it has reached the end of its useful life; however, parts of it will be reused for the new pontoon. The new pontoon structure will improve efficiency, reduce conflict, and provide an improved boat queuing facility.

The relocation of the pontoon will provide a dedicated facility for deep draught vessels. The current jetty will be demolished and replaced with a new reinforced concrete jetty with aluminium handrails. This will improve capacity from four 3.5 m boat ramp lanes to four 4 m boat ramp lanes. As a result of feedback from consultation with key stakeholders, it has been decided to defer installation of the floating walkway on the boat ramp for 12 months. During this period, the functionality of the boat ramp will be monitored, and a decision will then be made on whether the floating walkway is required.

There will be a temporary closure of some facilities while upgrade works are completed. If you require an alternative boat ramp, then the Cabbage Tree Point boat ramp is a short drive from Jacobs Well. The work at the boat ramp is expected to be completed by the middle of 2021.


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