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Burnley Harbour Clean-up

Join the Yarra Riverkeeper Association on Sunday 5 February 2017, between 10am and 1pm, and help clean up the area between Burnley Harbour and the Yarra. This is a beautiful site opposite Herring Island. Hundreds of cyclists pass by every day on their morning and evening commutes along the Capital City trail. Yet the site has become neglected, and weeds and rubbish has been let accumulate. Thank you to Yarra City Council for the grant that has made this clean-up possible. Bookings essential. Please book here.

We will provide morning tea. Please wear strong boots, long-sleeve shirts and long pants. If you have gumboots do please bring them along as well – even a pair of waders if you have them. If you have a spare pair of gloves that would be appreciated.

AGM, October 21, 7pm, at the Darebin Parklands Office. See you there.

Our AGM is tomorrow week. Do please come along

The meeting will be held
·         on Friday, 21 October 2016, at 7.30 pm;
·         at Darebin Parklands Environment Centre, Separation Street (end of the street, in the parklands), Alphington.

The AGM officially starts at 7.30pm and there will be a short talk beforehand by Christian Taylor about the Yarra River Photo Survey, starting at 7pm. The survey is being conducted by Christian and is sponsored the Yarra Riverkeeper Association. The survey is creating a photographuc record of the Yarra from the Upper Yarra Reservoir to Port Phillip Bay. Here is the link on our website. And here is a link to the Facebook Page. The photos taken to date can be found on Google Maps: navigate on Google maps to the Upper Yarra Reservoir and click on the ‘pegman’ in the bottom right corner (first in the panel that runs across the bottom right-hand corner) and then click on any of the blue dots that appear along the course of the


The findings are already fascinating, and it will be a talk well worth attending.







Thanks to all those who made a submission

Thank you to everybody who made a submission to the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on the Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung) Discussion Paper. There were over 100 submissions, including one from the Lady Gowrie Children’s Centre in the Docklands and another from the Year 12 Outdoor Education Students at Melbourne Girls College. The MAC makes their recommendations to government on the 9 September.

Guidelines for ‘Protecting The Yarra River (Birrarung) Discussion Paper’ survey

The Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee have released their discussion paper on proposals for the Yarra River Protection Act. Here is your opportunity to have your say about how the river should be protected and improved for ourselves and for future generations. We are hoping as many people as possible will take the survey, suggest an idea or make a submission. If you would like to take the survey and would like some guidance we have have provided  Yarra Riverkeeper suggested survey answers If you want to make a submission and would like to read our views please go here for our report and here for our submission guidelines. I do look forward to reading your submission.

‘Future of the Yarra’ report launched Wednesday 20 July

Last night, Dean Stewart launched our ‘The Future of the Yarra: Proposals for a Yarrra River Protection Act’, written and published in partnership with Environmental Justice Australia. The report is a detailed set of recommendations for the legislation. The report is now available online. Do download, have a read and then make a submission. Our submission guidelines are here.

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Upcoming events

Clean-up at Burnley Harbour

The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is organizing a clean-up between the river and Burnley Harbour on Sunday 5 February from 10am to 1pm. We hope you can come along. Details and bookings here. Bookings essential.

AGM, 21 October, 7.30pm (7pm for talk), Darebin Parklands Office

Do come along. We would appreciate seeing you there. It is a terrific opportunity to learn about the current work of the Association and to be involved. Christian Taylor will be talking about the Yarra River Photo Survey and Andrew Kelly, the Yarra Riverkeeper, will update us on what is happening with the Yarra River […]

Stall at the Boroondara Sustainability Festival

We will be having a stall at the Boroondara Sustainability Festival, so do come along and visit us. Jeminah Reidy from the Association’s committee will be managing our stall. The festival runs from 8am to 1pm on Saturday 17 September 2016 and is being held at Patterson Reserve, Auburn Road, Hawthorn East (Melway 59 E3).

The Yarra River Protection Act – have your say

On 1 July 2016, the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee released the Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung) Discussion Paper. The discussion paper is the next step in the creation of the Yarra River Protection Act, and is well worth reading – you can find it here. The Yarra River Protection Act is a once in […]

Yarra River Photo Survey

The Yarra River Photo Survey Facebook page is now up. Do go and have a look

Our Yarra River

The Yarra River is Melbourne’s most important natural asset and all Melburnians are dependent on it. It supplies most of our piped water. The river corridor is one of the region’s prime wildlife habitats and is a popular place for recreational and nature-based activities, which are vital to community well-being and the city’s liveability.

But the impact of our large city and its burgeoning growth are putting the river under severe stress from water extraction, pollution and encroaching urban development. With your help, we can continue our work to protect and restore the river’s health.

Who are we

Formed in 2004, the Yarra Riverkeeper Association has become the primary ‘voice of the river’.

We monitor the Yarra’s health, and keep track of the many activities affecting it. We run river tours and give presentations to educate students, community groups, government and businesses about the need for us all to protect this vital asset. We tell the river’s stories, highlighting its heritage and wonders, as well as its challenges.

How you can help

Become a member

Please download a membership form.