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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.

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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Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee releases Discussion Paper

On Friday 1 July 2016, the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee released the Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung) Discussion Paper. It is well worth reading and do go to, download the report, and then make a submission, answer the survey, or suggest an idea for the Victorian Government’s proposed Yarra River Protection Act and Yarra Trust. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect the Yarra for future generations.

Inappropriate developments opposed in Abbotsford

The Walmer Street Action Group has been formed to oppose the inappropriate developments that are proposed for either side of Walmer Street in Abbotsford — right on a very narrow stretch of the Yarra, and either side of the exit from the very popular Walmer Street pedestrian/bike bridge. The Yarra Riverkeepers objected to the development at 647 Victoria Street (downstream side of Walmer Street) at council and we spoke at VCAT last week as an objector. The development on the other side of Walmer Street, at 607 Victoria Street, is in a Priority Development Zone, and only requires the minister’s approval. The petition ‘Defend the Yarra’ opposing these developments is online. Over 1000 people have signed already. The Walmer Street Action Group has written the attached letter to the Planning Minister.

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Upcoming events

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

10th Anniversary cocktail party celebrations tonight!

Preparations are heating up for a fine evening of celebrations this evening — at 6.30pm the Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall. There is still time to book: I look forward to seeing everybody there.

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.