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Keep Victoria Beautiful Award!

We are delighted that the #YarraRiverBlitz, proudly supported by the State Government of Victoria and Melbourne Water, was awarded the Keep Victoria Beautiful ‘Clean Beach/Waterways Award -Community-‘. In partnership with Cleanwater Group we’ve removed over 30,000 kg of waste from the Yarra River! This project would not be possible without the fantastic support of our Yarra Riverkeeper Association Members, the Yarra River community, our Sponsors and Partners. See below the video that announced the Yarra River Blitz as the winner of the Clean Beach/Waterways Community Award.

 

We would also like to thank everyone who played a part in making this event a success. Thanks to Cleanwater Group, DELWP PortPhillip , Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Cleanaway, Sea Kayak Australia, Kayak Melbourne, Aquayak Kayaks, Paddle Victoria State Sporting Organisation, Trash Puppets, Richmond Rowing Club, Melbourne University Boat Club, the plastic runner, BeachPatrol3934, Footscray City Rowing Club, Wesley College, Melbourne Girls College Sustainability Collective , Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, Stonnington City Council, Yarra City Council, City of Melbourne, City of Boroondara, Melbourne City Marina, Ecopella, Inflatable Regatta, Genovese Coffee, Beantomelbourne, Ludlow Bar & Dining Room, Red Rock Venues, Riverland Bar, Arbory Bar and Eatery, Practical Ecology Pty Ltd

Launch of Ethos Urban Report and Seminar

Please join us for a very informative morning on the 19 September with the launch of the Ethos Urban Report and a seminar as part of our Seminar Series. We will have industry experts who will discuss important subjects relating to the report.

Urban waterways are being squeezed by the urbanization and developments along creeks and rivers. One tool to help protect our waterways is the Planning System. The Yarra Riverkeeper commissioned a report from leading urban planner Ethos Urban on how to better protect our urban waterways from inappropriate development, thanks to funding from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Our seminar, delivered by leading experts, explains how the planning system works, the meaning of the special language of planning, and provides tools to help you make better submissions and challenge inappropriate development. The seminar introduces the Ethos Urban report Protecting Urban Waterways. a tool that should be in every community groups library. No community group on a waterway, or in fact on a coastline or a lake, can afford to miss this presentation. The presentation is valuable to any community group dealing with the wrong sort of development.

Please register here: Launch of Ethos Urban Report and Seminar

Location: The Chamber – Hawthorn Arts Centre

Time and Date: 19 September at 10:00 AM

Yarra River Blitz – 25 August

Join the Yarra Riverkeeper Association and Cleanwater Group for our 5th Yarra River Blitz proudly supported by Melbourne Water and the Victorian Government. We’ll provide some boats, bags, gloves, and safety gear so you can BLITZ-CLEAN and LOVE YOUR RIVER and PARKLANDS!

Where: Richmond Rowing Club, 1 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne
When: Sunday 25 August 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Schedule of events:
10:15 -10:30 Introduction & Safety Briefing
10:45 -12:30 Yarra River Clean-up
12:30 – 1:00 BBQ & Prizes

Getting to Richmond Rowing Club:
Bike: Main Yarra Trail
Car: Enter via Boathouse Drive, free all day parking available along Boathouse Drive
Public Transport: Flinders Street Station 5 min walk away
Bring: Layers for varying temps and the splash of your paddle, gloves, water bottle, hat, sunscreen
Provided: Some boats*, bags, safety gear, sausage sizzle @ gold coin donation

* Yarra Riverkeeper Association members get first dibs to canoes and kayaks. Join here: http://yarrariver.org.au. Keep in mind, if you don’t secure a boat, local parklands and riverbanks have troves of trash to collect!
No need to print your tickets

 

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Yarra Atlas Seminar June 26

Hello everyone!

We have booked the 26 of June, from 10:00am to 1:30pm at the Parkview Room in Camberwell to show everyone our exclusive first look at the Yarra Catchment Atlas portal. On the day we will have our IT expert Birgita Hansen explaining the technical aspects of the Atlas. The Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly and the Yarra Atlas Officer Anton Tejeda will be telling the history of the Atlas and why everyone agreed that it was necessary to create such an Atlas.

Nibbles and coffee will be provided on the day. The location is easily accessible by PT (tram #75 and train at Camberwell Station), however. there is parking available.

See you there!

Link to Eventbrite: Yarra Atlas Seminar

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Atlas logo

We are building an atlas of the Yarra Catchment  – a one-stop shop for spatial data on the Yarra and its watershed. We are working with CeRDI at Federation University, which is a treat. It is a huge undertaking and Anton, our Atlas Officer, has been labouring away for months. So it is exciting to now have an official log for the project. Here it is: Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 10.55.31 AM

Upcoming events

Ethos Urban – Planning Seminar

Please join us for an informative morning on the 19 September with the launch of the Ethos Urban Report and a seminar as part of our Seminar Series. We will have industry experts who will discuss important subjects relating to the report from different points of view according to their backgrounds. Urban waterways are being squeezed by […]

Yarra River Blitz

Our fifth Blitz was a success! We would like to take advantage of this time and invite you to the next instalment of the Yarra River Blitz on the 24 November. We have finalised a location yet, however, we would like to get in early so you can save the date! You can register here […]

Yarra River Blitz – 25 August

Join the Yarra Riverkeeper Association and Cleanwater Group for our 5th Yarra River Blitz proudly supported by Melbourne Water and the Victorian Government. We’ll provide some boats, bags, gloves, and safety gear so you can BLITZ-CLEAN and LOVE YOUR RIVER and PARKLANDS! Where: Richmond Rowing Club, 1 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne When: Sunday 25 August 2019 […]

Yarra Atlas Seminar

Come join the Yarra Riverkeeper Association on the 26 June at the Parkview Room in Camberwell in the new instalment of the Seminar Series and have an exclusive look at our Yarra Catchment Atlas! Register for the event here: Yarra Atlas Seminar

Yarra River Blitz – 26th May

Our next Yarra River Blitz is fast approaching! Cleanwater Group and ourselves will be cleaning the river from the 17th to the 25th of May with our litter vacuum system and we would love it if you would come join us for our community clean-up event on the 26th of May at the Melbourne University […]

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 working on the Yarra Strategic Plan and the refresh of the Healthy Waterways Strategy for the Yarra.
And last but not least . . .

Click here to become a member