Swan and Canning river tourism approvals streamlined

  • Duplicated approvals removed for tourism and other commercial operators
  • The majority of the operators will now be regulated via a permit only
  • Reforms support local tourism jobs in the Swan Canning Riverpark

The McGowan Government is reducing red tape to make it easier for tourism operators to do business on the Swan and Canning rivers.

The Streamline WA initiative identified reforms to simplify approval processes for operators such as charter vessels, cruises and aquatic-based activities including stand-up paddleboarding, kitesurfing and kayaking.   

A Bill was passed last month to amend the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 and amendments were made to the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007.

Processes will be streamlined for more than 60 tourism licences and permit holders, with only one type of approval now required.

A duplicative requirement for consultation relating to changes to the Development Control Area and Swan Canning Riverpark will be removed from the Act. 

The Act and Regulations comprise the legislation under which the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions manages and protects the Swan Canning Riverpark, together with the Swan River Trust.

As stated by Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

“These reforms reduce barriers for businesses providing tourism and other services along our iconic Swan and Canning rivers.

“The changes will support local jobs by streamlining approvals and providing clarity on regulatory processes.

“It’s important our Swan and Canning rivers are well managed and protected to ensure they continue to be used to their full potential.”

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