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Membership joining and renewal is now online

We have successful moved our membership database online thanks to Wild Apricot and PayPal here The url is actually: https://yra.wildapricot.org. The first time you log on you will have to create a password and then you will then be able manage your own membership information online. You are able to pay your renewal (or joining fee) online with a credit card, and make a donation. If you want to pay by bank transfer please create an invoice, and then make a bank transfer using your name as a reference, or send us a cheque. We have been using this powerful new software to send out our last three newsletters. Any problems? Please email me at info@yarrariver.org.au

The video – The Yarra River Action Plan Community Forum

Thanks to the generosity of Stephen Curtain of Nature Communications we have a short video (2 1/2 minutes) record of our Community Forum on Wednesday 5 April. If you were unable to attend, please do watch the video here. It captures the essence of the evening.

Please then look at the the Action Plan here and then email the three responsible ministers — Planning, Environment and Water — with your favourite Action Plan point and let them know why the Yarra and making the ‘Action Plan’ deliver is important to you:

Minister for Planning: richard.wynne@parliament.vic.gov.au

Minister for the Environment lily.d’ambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au

Minister for Water: lisa.neville@parliament.vic.gov.au

If you have a twitter account, please tweet your favourite Action Plan point on Thursday with the hashtag #ActForTheYarra and include the Minister for Planning’s handle @rwynnemp

Please also post on Facebook stating your favourite Action Plan point with the hashtag #ActForTheYarra.

Thank you for being part of our celebration of the Yarra River Action Plan and the proposed Birrarung Council and the proposed Yarra River Protection Act.

You are invited to a community forum …

Two years ago, we called you together to develop a community vision for the Yarra. Now we are calling you together again to take that vision to the next stage. The Yarra and its green corridor has come to a turning point. As Melbourne’s population heads towards 8 million in 2050, pressure is mounting on one of the city’s most precious natural assets. Our river deserves modern governance driven by a long-term vision that is founded on community involvement, a clear strategy that is regularly reviewed, targets, ongoing monitoring and regular reporting. Much progress has been in the two years since our first forum. In February, this year the government announced a Yarra River Action Plan. This provides the policy foundations for the drafting of a Yarra River (Willip-gin Birrarung murron) Protection Bill. This Action Plan includes the preparation of a community vision for our river and a detailed Yarra Strategic Plan. Community participation will be central to the preparation of both
instruments. Join Environmental Justice Australia and the Yarra Riverkeeper to develop the community vision for the Yarra.
Registration: yarraforum2.eventbrite.com.au
When: 6pm to 8pm
Date: 5 April 2017
Place: The Linen Room
Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford

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.

Upcoming events

Third Burnley Harbour clean-up

Following the success of first two clean-ups at Burnley, the Yarra Riverkeeper Association is organising a third clean-up between the river and Burnley Harbour on Sunday 4 June from 10am to 1pm. We hope you can come along. Details and bookings here

Yarra River Action Plan Community Forum, 6pm, 5 April, Abbotsford Convent

Two years ago, we called you together to develop a community vision for the Yarra. Now we are calling you together again to take that vision to the next stage. The Yarra and its green corridor has come to a turning point. As Melbourne’s population heads towards 8 million in 2050, pressure is mounting on […]

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.

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