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Would you swim in the Yarra? This seems to be the question of the decade. Have a read of this article written by the RACV and Yarra Pools in which the Yarra Riverkeeper, Andrew Kelly gave valuable input into the opportunities for a swim able Yarra.

Article: Would you swim in the Yarra River?

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Another corporate event!

We are very excited to have had another corporate volunteering event with yet another international organisation. We are pleased with the reception it has had with organisations and the excitement that these groups bring to the event. As the year comes to close, things begin to slow down; however, it is not too late to book your corporate event for the beginning of 2020! Send an email to for more details.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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: 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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