Aquatic Use Reviews (AUR)
About Aquatic Use Reviews (AUR)
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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Completed Aquatic Use Reviews (AUR)
Broome Aquatic Use Review
The Department of Transport (DoT) has completed the review of aquatic use of the waters of Broome ensuring the ongoing safe, equitable and sustainable use of this important waterway.
The review looked at the current management arrangements in place along the coastline and explored changes to maximise the amenity and future use.
Key stakeholders were consulted including local government authorities, the aquatic use organisations, fishing industry and interagency partners who have a consideration in this AUR.
The DoT also received responses to an online survey targeting the boating community as part of the review process.
The review confirmed that most of the current management arrangements in place are working well. The main outcomes of the review will see the implementation of:
- Increase the current 8 knot area within Gantheaume Bay to encompass Broome Port moorings to ensure skippers travel at a safe speed
- Increase the 8 knot area within the Broome Port from Entrance Point to Town Beach covering all of the mooring locations
- Remove the historic Personal Water Craft (PWC) Freestyling Prohibited areas at Gantheaume and Roebuck Bay to enable greater recreational aquatic activities
- Increase the size of the Water Ski area within Gantheaume Bay, north of the new 8 knot area and south of the Closed Waters Motorised Vessels area (Cable Beach) to simplify the boundaries for users, reduce congestion and make boating safer in the area.