Aquatic Use Reviews (AUR)
The Department of Transport conducts regular aquatic reviews to ensure the safe, equitable and sustainable use of our important waterways.
The Department of Transport undertakes regular Aquatic Use Reviews (AUR) throughout the state to ensure the safe, equitable and sustainable use of the State's waterways. Minor localised reviews may also be undertaken outside of a full AUR to cater for new types of activities in an area or to address site specific conflicts that arise between users from time to time.
The Department follows a standard process in completing all AURs to ensure that all views and options are considered and to ensure the broader community has the opportunity to provide feedback on any proposed changes.
If you wish to find out more about an AUR currently underway or see if an AUR is being considered in your area, please contact our Navigational Safety team.
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The Department of Transport (DoT) has completed the review of aquatic use of the waters of Wellington Dam ensuring the ongoing safe, equitable and sustainable use of this important waterway.
The review looked at the current management arrangements in place including the ongoing use of Wellington Dam for water-skiing and the restricted access for vessels.
Changes to take effect as of 11 October 2022 include the removal of the water ski area, lifting of the previous closure to motorised vessels to permit vessels fitted with an engine capacity of 6 Hp or less explore the waterways of Wellington Dam. Vessels with an engine capacity greater than 6 horse power including Personal Water Craft will remain prohibited on all waters of Wellington Dam.
The changes follow extensive consultation with state and local government authorities and feedback from nearly 800 people completing the online survey.
This outcome supports the strong desire of the key local managing authorities to preserve the damís natural amenity with only passive activities and will also allow development of potential, future water-based tourism activities.
The recent gazettal of Lake Kepwari as a dedicated water ski facility in Mid-2020 and continued availability of areas nearby for water skiing will ensure adequate water ski locations remain available for enthusiasts.
For a free copy of the Wellington Dam Boating guide visit our Boating guides page.
Pic: Russell Ord Photography
Swan River (Upper Reaches) Aquatic Use Review
The Department of Transport (DoT) has completed the review of aquatic use of the waters of the Swan River upstream of the Windan Bridge ensuring the ongoing safe, equitable and sustainable use of this important waterway.
The review looked at the current management arrangements in place including the boundary of the water ski area at Belmont and following repeated requests for change to the current rules, DoT included a proposed two-year trial for personal water craft (PWC) to operate upstream of the Windan Bridge, under strict conditions.
The review attracted a high level of interest and comment from a diverse range of riverpark users with more than half identifying as paddle craft users and around one quarter being recreational boat owners.
Following consideration of feedback no changes will be made to the current arrangements.