A wild river declaration is a statutory document under the Wild Rivers Act.
A declaration sets out:
- the extent of the declared wild river area and its various management
- any caps on resources that can be taken in the declared wild river area (e.g. water)
- any rules or limits that must be complied with when undertaking new development activities (such as quarrying, agriculture and mining) in the declared wild river area
- any development assessment codes that must be applied, including any relevant parts of the Wild Rivers code.
Assessment processes for new development activities
The State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) planning reform comes into effect on the 1 July 2013. This reform has resulted in the establishment of a State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) and means that the chief executive of the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning will become either the assessment manager or referral agency for all development applications where there is a state interest.
Matters of state interest for development assessment are set out in the State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP). Any new development activities in a wild river area will be assessed against the relevant SDAP’s.
Further information on the SARA reform and SDAP’s can be found on the DSDIP website at www.dsdip.qld.gov.au
SARA questions can be emailed to email@example.com
Proposed revocation of Cape York and Western Rivers wild river declarations
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is proposing to revoke six wild river declarations across northern and western Queensland. These include:
- Cooper Creek Basin Wild River Declaration 2011
- Georgina and Diamantina Basins Wild River Declaration 2011
- Wenlock Basin Wild River Declaration 2010
- Archer Wild River Declaration 2009
- Stewart Wild River Declaration 2009
- Lockhart Wild River Declaration 2009
The proposed revocation of the Cooper Creek and Georgina and Diamantina basins wild river declarations is to fulfil a government commitment to develop alternative strategies to protect Queensland’s western rivers while still allowing sustainable development to proceed.
The alternative protection measures for the western rivers are being developed by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, who has commenced the process utilising a community representative group, the Western Rivers Advisory Panel, as the principal consultation mechanism. The core principles of the management framework that will replace the Wild Rivers declaration for the Lake Eyre Basin were announced on 31 July 2013.
The proposed revocation of the Lockhart, Archer, Stewart and Wenlock basins wild river declarations is occurring concurrently with preparation of the Cape York Regional Plan. These processes are to provide local communities greater control of their own economic future while ensuring iconic natural areas and areas of high conservation value are appropriately protected. Further information about the planning process can be found at http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/regional-planning/cape-york-regional-plan.html.
- View the Revocation proposal notice for the Cooper Creek and Georgina and Diamantina Basins Wild River Declarations.
- View the Revocation proposal notice for the Lockhart, Archer, Stewart and Wenlock Basins Wild River Declarations.
Have your say
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is accepting submissions on the proposed revocations until 5 pm, Monday 13 January 2014. Submissions should address the specific proposed revocation.
A submission is one that:
- is in writing and is signed by each entity who made the submission
- is received on or before the last day for the making of the submission which is 5.00pm, Monday 13 January 2014
- states the name and address of each entity who made the submission
- states the grounds of the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds.
Submissions should be made to:
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
(Attention: Director Biodiversity Implementation)
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
GPO Box 2454
BRISBANE QLD 4001
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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