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The Gift of Membership this Christmas

If you have a loved one who loves the Yarra, we have just made our memberships available to be given as gifts this Christmas. Being a Yarra Riverkeeper Association member supports all the work we do on the Yarra and also lets you be apart of a group of like-minded people who want to see our Yarra healthy, protected and loved. Being a member also allows you to receive regular updates from the Association about the work we’re doing and will also give you access to exclusive events along the Yarra, such as our celebration events.

If you’re looking for a gift for someone this Christmas that gives back to the environment, then look no further than a Yarra Riverkeeper Association membership.

http://yarrariver.org.au/membership-for-gift/

Annual Report 2017-18

Our Annual General Meeting went very well last night. All amendments were passed and the current board was re-appointed. There was an excellent report from Ian Wong about what the Community Engagement Committee is planning. Our Annual report is available here: http://yarrariver.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/YRKA-Annual-Report-Final-4-online.pdf

Yarra River Blitz Coming up 25 November!

In April 2018, in collaboration with Melbourne Water and Cleanwater Group, five tonnes of litter and polystyrene contaminated soil were vacuumed and removed from the Yarra reed bed system. The 5-day blitz culminated in a community event which drew over 200 attendees from across Melbourne who collected a further 450 kg of rubbish from the river. The Blitz attracted a lot of media attention including extensive coverage on the second season of ‘War on Waste’. Following the success of the pilot and due to a successful Bay Fund application, the Yarra Riverkeeper Association will run an additional 6 blitzes within the lower Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers over the next two years.

The first blitz starts on the 12th of November with the community event scheduled on Sunday, 25 November. This morning will be all about clearing our precious Yarra within and along its banks. We’ll provide the boats, bags, gloves, and safety gear so you can LOVE YOUR RIVER! 

We will be having a gold coin donation sausage sizzle at the end of the event!

For more information please go to the Eventbrite link.

 

Blitz website

Victorian Election Position Statement now available

Our Yarra river needs more protection as the challenges of an expanding population and a drying climate puts increasing pressure on our waterways. The Yarra Riverkeeper is making five election requests on behalf of our river. Please read and support our election position statement, which is now available here on our website. Please talk to your local member on behalf of our river and please share with friends and colleagues and on social media. In short, we have 5 requests

  1. From planning to action – implement the Yarra River Action Plan.
  2. Make the Yarra River Planning Controls permanent.

  3. Extend stormwater controls and fund gross pollutant traps.

  4. Increase Yarra environmental water flows to reflect ecological needs.

  5. North East Link & Yarra crossing projects — net gain for environment always.

Birrarung Council Appointed

Dear River Lover,

The Birrarung Council has been appointed. 

Yesterday, the government announced the appointments to the Council. The council is a new statutory body to provide advice to Government to ensure the ongoing protection of the river and deliver on key priorities under the Water for Victoria plan and the Yarra River Protection Act 2017. The council was created by this act. 

We are pleased that two of our own are a part of the Birrarung Council:  Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly, and board member Warwick Leeson. 

The board is led by chair Chris Chesterfield and other members are Allan Wandin, Ronald Jones, Margaret Gardiner, Bronwyn South, Prue Digby, Kirsten Bauer, Erin O’Donnell, and Alexandra Lee. 

One of the innovative and important components of the Yarra River Protection (Willip-gin Birrarung murron) Act is that it gives Traditional Owners a permanent voice in the planning and management of the Yarra river. It is also the first act in Victorian history to be co-titled in Woi-wurrung.

Please see the Premier’s media release at https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-body-to-protect-and-promote-the-yarra-river/

We wish the council the best in all its efforts. 

Upcoming events

Yarra River Blitz Coming up 25 November!

In April 2018, in collaboration with Melbourne Water and Cleanwater Group, five tonnes of litter and polystyrene contaminated soil were vacuumed and removed from the Yarra reed bed system. The 5-day blitz culminated in a community event which drew over 200 attendees from across Melbourne who collected a further 450 kg of rubbish from the […]

Events for November!

We have 3 very exciting events coming up in November! All About Plastic On Thursday, 8 November we’re hosting the ‘All About Plastic Seminar’ at the Salon in the Abbotsford Convent at 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. Joining us will be Peter Goad and Dr Ross Headifen for an informative morning at the Abbotsford Convent, […]

Burnley Clean-up: October 7th

Keep an eye on this space for more details about our next clean-up at Burnley Harbour.

Rowers Yarra River Clean-up – June 17th 2018

Rowers, join forces to clean-up the Yarra River in this inaugural ‘Rowers Yarra River Clean-up’ event. Join us at either Hawthorn or Power House Rowing Clubs for a morning where we give back to our precious Yarra River. The sessions will kick off with brief presentations by Yarra Riverkeeper representatives (9:00 – 9:30am). We’ll then […]

Do come along to the first Burnley Clean-up of 2018

The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is organizing a clean-up between the river and Burnley Harbour on Sunday 4 February from 10am to 12:30pm. We hope you can come along. Details and bookings: here.

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