Tweed Heads boat maintenance facility

Tweed Heads boat maintenance facility

The NSW Government is delivering major improvements to maritime infrastructure and facilities to help the boating and wider community safely access, use and navigate our rivers and coastal waters.

Latest news

NOV 2022

NOV 2022Waterside works are underway

Works are progressing well with the completion of all piling works for the Tweed Heads Boat Maintenance Facility Project.

The 13 precast runway beams for the travel lift have been fabricated offsite and will be delivered & installed during November, with the floating pontoons, travel lift walkways, handrails and gangway completed prior to Christmas.

The winch housing office and amenities block have been demolished and we will commence shortly on the demolition of the site existing slab, which will be removed progressively in and in accordance with Remedial Action Plan.

Procurement of long lead time items is currently underway to support the project delivery.

AUG 2022

AUG 2022Early works begin in late August

Our team will be on-site in mid-August to set-up the site for the Tweed Heads Boat Maintenance Facility project. See below for more information on the staging of the work and what to expect during construction.

Tweed Heads Boat Maintenance facility map

Project information

The NSW Government recognises the continued need to support the renewal and upgrade of boating infrastructure and facilities with local significance for recreational and commercial boating throughout the state.

The Tweed River is used by recreational boaters, commercial fishing vessels and maritime related tourism operators. The slipway has been in operation since the 1960’s and now requires replacement as it only serviced a small number and range of vessels due to its deteriorating condition and reduced lifting capability.

The project will deliver:

  • increased community access and use of the boat maintenance facility by upgrading the slipway to accommodate a 75-tonne boat travel lift
  • increased safety for users of the boat maintenance facility by upgrading services and equipment to meet current codes
  • increased protection and improvement of the Tweed marine environment by upgrading the drainage and waste water treatment system at the boat maintenance facility
  • improved facilities for boat users with new office storage areas.
  • improved visual aesthetic of the area.

The scope of the project we will deliver in 2022 comprises of:

  • demolishing the deteriorating existing Boat Maintenance Facility, including the slipway rails, winch and cradle
  • demolishing the office building, workshop and storage container and replace with new building and storage container
  • constructing a levelled hardstand area with new pavement surface and drainage
  • constructing overwater lift platforms
  • installing service pontoons and access gangways
  • installing a new 75–tonne boat travel lift
  • installing a commercial wastewater treatment system

We recently completed Detailed Site Investigations (DSI) for the site. The results identified the contamination on site is consistent with other slipway operations across

A Remediation Action Plan (RAP) has been prepared to support the design and planning for the proposed boat travel lift development. A NSW Environmental Protection Agency Accredited Site Auditor was engaged and has undertaken an independent audit of the project.

The goal of the remediation is to prepare the site for the proposed development from a contamination viewpoint and reduce health and environmental risks. The “cap and contain” approach, outlined in the 2021 Review of Environmental Factors (REF), for remediation was suitable to address the identified site contamination.

A Site validation report will document the procedures have been followed and to demonstrate that the site is suitable on completion. We are currently working through the remediation work needed to be carried out to manage contamination in the area. The integrity of the cap will be maintained by the implementation of a Long-Term Environmental Management Plan further providing assurance to the community.

Frequently asked questions

  • We will begin working on the Tweed Heads Boat Maintenance Facility from late August 2022. The works are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023, weather, tidal conditions and COVID-19 impacts permitting.
  • Our work hours will be between 7am and 6pm from Mondays to Fridays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. There will be no work on Sundays or on public holidays. Where possible, all maritime operations will be conducted within these hours.
  • You may begin to notice some activity at our project site. The work will involve piling, truck deliveries, marine vessel movement, concrete works and installation of materials.

    Our work may be noisy at times, but we will do everything we can to minimise its impact, including by keeping within our permitted work hours and notifying residents before work starts. The project team will also help reduce noise by turning off machines and vehicles when they are not being used.

    If Aboriginal heritage items are uncovered during the work, all work in the vicinity of the find must cease and the Transport Project Team notified immediately. An assessment of ecology in the vicinity of the proposed works was undertaken and in the event there is presence of marine life within the site area, works will cease.

    We will implement some temporary traffic controls for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and workers. Access for construction vehicles will be along council approved routes. Please keep to speed limits, follow signs and traffic controllers’ directions at all times. Navigational buoys and markers will be installed on the southern side of the river for the duration of the project for the safety of marine vessel operators during construction.

  • The slipway is currently closed. The slipway will reopen upon project completion in the first quarter of 2023.
  • The slipway was closed allowed us to carry out initial investigations, planning and early work prior to the start of construction.
  • The boat travel lift for this project will be 75–tonne. The boat travel lift being used on the project is custom–built to have an internal width of 8.4 metres, which is wider than a standard 75–tonne boat travel lift, and is similar width to the 100–tonne travel lift on the Gold Coast. Please refer to the ASCOM boat travel lift specification for further details.
  • The compliance recommendations for the contamination will be completed during the early works phase of the project.
  • The proposed Stage 2 works would allow for an expansion of the hardstand area at a future time. Stage 2 was planned, designed and consultation was completed during this project. Stage 2 will require additional funding which will be considered as part of future budget submissions. To find out more about Stage 2 please refer to our previous community update.
  • We suggest that you develop an emergency repair or inspection plan for your vessel and investigate local alternatives. If you require an emergency lift, please reach out via email to

    In emergency situations vessel operators should contact 000 and seek assistance from NSW Water Police and Marine Rescue.

  • On–water fuelling facility is not part of the scope of this project and there is no additional funding to provide this at this time.
  • The design and location of the boat travel lift was developed to ensure it continues to provide safe navigation and access. The design has been assessed by our Maritime Operations team and the appropriate navigational aids or signage will be put in place to advise navigation changes when the project is completed. When construction starts temporary navigational buoys installed on the southern side of the river for the duration of the project to indicate the work area. Please be aware there may be temporary changes in the area and follow any on–water navigational aids.
  • We have recently reached out to Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for further information on survey exemptions due to the project’s impact on the community and businesses. We are currently seeking advice around specific exemptions. Please reach out to our project team using the contact details below if you have any questions.

Archived news

MAY 2022

MAY 2022Detailed Soil Investigations are underway

The preliminary results of recent soil sample investigations have identified levels of contamination that are present in the old slipway area and further detailed investigations and soil samples are to be conducted before construction can start. The type of contamination present is commonly occurring in many older slipway operations across NSW.

The recent floods and heavy rainfalls have delayed the additional soil and water sample investigations. The investigations are underway with the laboratory analysis and test results expected to be completed by the end of May.

These results will then enable the finalisation of the Detailed Site Investigation (DSI) report and approval of the site Remediation Action Plan (RAP) by the site auditor. The RAP will outline what remediation work needs to be carried to manage contamination in the area.

View or download the May 2022 project update.

FEB 2022

FEB 2022Contract awarded

In preparation for the project, the slipway at Tweed Heads closed in 2021. This allowed us to carry out site investigations and planning work prior to project approval.

The REF and “have your say” is completed and approval to proceed (Stage 1) has been obtained. A submission report (PDF, 1.8Mb) is now available for you to view on our website.

A contract has been awarded to construct the project. Further site investigations and soil samples are needed before construction can start. We will continue to update you on the start of construction and progress of investigation results.

Project documents


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August 2022 Addendum review of environmental factors 15.3Mb
December 2021 Submissions report

Tweed Heads Boat Maintenance Facility.

August 2021 Review of environmental factors

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Project notifications

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August 2022 community update

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May 2022 community update

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February 2022 community update

Tweed Heads Boat Maintenance Facility.

August 2021 project notification

Proposed upgrade of Tweed Heads boat maintenance facility.



Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 955 818 (toll free)


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