26 September 2023

Russell Island’s new ferry terminal open

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A partnership between the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Redland City Council has delivered the new Russell Island ferry terminal — a significant milestone for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Ferry Terminals Upgrade project

Russell Island is the first of the four islands’ ferry terminal upgrades to be completed.

Its modern design provides much-needed safety improvements for ferry customers and recreational boaties.

Russell Island’s dual berthing pontoon has allowed Translink’s passenger ferries to use the outer berth (anti-clockwise) towards Lamb Island, and the inner berth (clockwise) towards Redland Bay Marina.

This will assist with managing the passenger ferry timetable, now and into the future.

The other three terminals to be upgraded serve Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey said planning for the terminals project had been under way since 2014.

“I am pleased to say the design life of the new infrastructure is 50 years which will provide ongoing benefits for the Bay islands well into the future,” Mr Bailey said.

“This project is a great example of collaboration between the State Government and Local Government, working with local communities to deliver crucial infrastructure for Queenslanders.”

He was supported by the Mayor of Redland City, Karen Williams who described the opening of the Russell Island ferry terminal as “momentous”.

“The biggest of the four islands’ ferry terminals, the Russell Island terminal is representative of the entire project, which nears its completion after years of planning, community consultation and at times challenging construction,” Ms Williams (pictured) said.

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