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The tender process for the $34.1 million Southern Moreton Bay Island Ferry Terminal Upgrade project is proceeding as planned.

The Transport and Main Roads and Redland City Council project team have finalised the initial evaluation of shortlisted tenderers.

The next phase of the evaluation is underway and the project team is now working with the selected tenderers.

The construction contract is currently planned to be awarded mid year.

Redland City Council Mayor, Karen Williams, says once the contract is awarded, construction can begin which will be around the start of the new financial year.

The community played a considerable part in the design process with many key themes and requests identified by the community incorporated in the designs.

This includes features such as repurposed gangways and pontoons for recreational use, increased seating, provision for Wi-Fi, drinking fountains, improved security with lighting and 24-hour video recording, enhanced weather screening and more waiting areas for better weather protection, and wider jetties and gangways for improved accessibility.

The Russell and Macleay island ferry terminals will have new toilet blocks built closer to the terminals as part of the project.

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the project will support an average of 45 direct jobs over the life of the works at a time when they’re needed most.

The project will be continuous with the first jetty to be constructed at Russell Island, to be followed by Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra Islands, not necessarily in that order.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the final detailed design and tender process brought delivery of the upgraded ferry terminals one step closer.

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