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Find out about the creation and administration of reserves in Western Australia, the role we play and the legislation governing these reserves.  Additional information on procedures and practices can also be found here.


What is a reservation?

A reservation is the process of removing land from alienation and setting it aside as State land for a specified purpose, generally a public purpose. In effect, the land is dedicated to that purpose.
Reserves comprise approximately 16% of the total area of the State (417,056 km2).

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Legislation governing reserves of State land

Land Administration Act 1997 (WA) is Western Australia's current legislation dealing with the disposition of State land.
Part 4 of the Act provides for the creation and administration of reserves of State land. Under section 41 of the Act the Minister for Lands may set aside State lands by ministerial order in the public interest.
The Parks and Reserves Act 1895 (WA) provides for the appointment of boards of management to control and administer reserves.


Our role

Reservation action is normally initiated by the department following a community or government request, land planning decisions, or as a result of the subdivision of land.
Aside from reservations arising out of the processes of the Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA), decisions in relation to the creation of reserves are generally the responsibility of the manager of the relevant regional team. Each regional team is responsible for effecting disposition and administering relevant law and policy.
The Act requires consultation with the relevant local government and statutory authorities prior to the exercise of an Act power


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