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Yarra River Action Plan launched

On February 26 at the Abbotsford Convent, Premier Andrews launched the Yarra River Action Plan. This was the government’s response to the recommendations of the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee (Yarra MAC). The government accepted 28 of the thirty recommendations by the Yarra MAC in full and the remaining two were accepted in part. This is a proposal for modern river governance that will be both world class and Australian first and will deliver the protection the Yarra deserves. The initiatives include:
• A baseline study of the river.
• A Yarra strategy lead by Melbourne Water and involving strong community input.
• The setting of targets for the health of the Yarra.
• Annual reporting to Parliament.
• The establishment of the Birrarung Council with the involvement of the Traditional Owners.
At the same time the Planning Minister announced a group amendment to the Planning Schemes for the six councils on the river. This provides additional protection for Melbourne’s iconic waterway.
The Yarra River Action Plan can be found here.
And an overview of the Planning Scheme amendments can be found here.

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Kew Festival Walk

Do come along on Saturday 11 March 2017 for a guided walk around Studley Park with the Yarra Riverkeeper. Meet at the Studley Park Boathouse at 10.00 am. Spend the next two hours hearing the stories of the River. There are some unsealed, uneven surfaces, and a steepish climb. It is not suitable for strollers or dogs.

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 river.click-on-the-pegman-in-the-bottom-right-corner-and-the-blue-dots-will-appear

 

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

 

 

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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.

Upcoming events

Second Burnley Harbour Clean-up

Following the success of first clean-up at Burnley, the Yarra Riverkeeper Association is organising a second clean-up between the river and Burnley Harbour on Sunday 2 April from 10am to 1pm. We hope you can come along. Details and bookings here.

Kew Festival Walk

Do come along on Saturday 11 March 2017 for a guided walk around Studley Park with the Yarra Riverkeeper. Meet at the Studley Park Boathouse at 10.00 am. Spend the next two hours hearing the stories of the River. There are some unsealed, uneven surfaces, and a steepish climb. It is not suitable for strollers […]

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).

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.

Enjoy the wonders of our Yarra. Take a close interest in river and water matters.
Invite us to give a presentation to your school, community group or workplace.
(Contact Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly on 0434 892 772 or info@yarrariver.org.au)
Join us in lobbying MPs for the Yarra River Protection Act and in support of the Yarra River Action Plan.
And last but not least . . .

Click here to become a member