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Earth Laws Conference 28-29 November

We are pleased to announce that the Yarra Riverkeeper, Andrew Kelly, has been invited by the Earth Laws Alliance Conference to be one of the presenters! The Riverkeeper will be a part of the conference which focuses on “Inspiring Earth Ethics”, co-hosted by the Australian Catholic University.

Andrew’s conference will focus on unfolding the Yarra Protection Act, which through the intervention of the Wurundjeri Land Tribe Council, attributed cultural personality to the River.

Do sign up and join the conference for a myriad of exciting conferences and ideas exchanges. The Yarra Riverkeeper Association looks forward to seeing you there! Register here: Earth Laws Conference

Making a positive difference in our community

The  Yarra Riverkeeper Association is hosting one of our most significant events ever – over 150 volunteers! We have recently been asked to host a corporate volunteering event by an international company. What’s exciting about these events and this one, in particular, is the net benefit for the area that we will be generating awareness about through walk and talks, cleaning up litter in the area, auditing litter, and planting! 

Do keep up with our social media channels for updates on the event. We will be posting photos with our volunteers as well as pictures of the area we will be planting over 400 plants

If you have any corporate volunteering enquiries, please contact us, we are more than happy to accommodate any group for a fun and fulfilling day. Send an email to

Annual General Meeting, 17 October

This year our AGM is something special.

At 6 pm we will be sharing some craft brews from Urban Alley Brewery at Cam’s Cafe at the Abbotsford Convent. This is open to the public. There is a free beer if you are a member so do join up. In any case, come along to the start of the AGM and hear Head Brewer of Urban Alley, Shaya Rubinstein, explain to us why Melbourne’s water is so good for making craft beers. The talk is open to the public and if you are a member of the Association or you have just joined do stay for the AGM and learn what we are doing for your river.

If you are unable and a member to attend we would be very appreciative if you could fill out a proxy form (click here to download) and nominate our president Christopher Balmford as your proxy for the AGM.

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

Upcoming events

Maribyrnong River Blitz – 24 November

Join us for our next Blitz which will take place on the beautiful Maribyrnong on 24 November at the Footscray Rowing Club. As always, we will provide all the necessary equipment for our volunteers’ safety. Please register for the Blitz here: Do note that Yarra Riverkeeper Association members have the benefit of being able to book a […]

Yarra Riverkeeper Association AGM

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting for the Yarra Riverkeeper Association at the Salon in the Abbotsford Convent on the 17 October from 6 pm to 9 pm. From 6 pm to 6:45 pm we will be serving beer from the Urban Alley Brewery at Cam’s Cafe in the Convent. Make your vote […]

Spring into Gardening

The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is ready to spring into Spring! Join us at the “Spring into Gardening” event hosted by the City of Stonnington. During the day, there will be a variety of activities for every age as well as an opportunity to engage with the Yarra Riverkeeper Staff! We’ll see you there on 13 […]

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 […]

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
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