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Wild rivers

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 (PDF, 752K)*.

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 

SARA questions can be emailed to

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Last updated
30 July 2014