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Burnley Harbour Clean-up

Join the Yarra Riverkeeper Association on Sunday 5 February 2017, between 10am and 1pm, and help clean up the area between Burnley Harbour and the Yarra. This is a beautiful site opposite Herring Island. Hundreds of cyclists pass by every day on their morning and evening commutes along the Capital City trail. Yet the site has become neglected, and weeds and rubbish has been let accumulate. Thank you to Yarra City Council for the grant that has made this clean-up possible. Bookings essential. Please book here.

We will provide morning tea. Please wear strong boots, long-sleeve shirts and long pants. If you have gumboots do please bring them along as well – even a pair of waders if you have them. If you have a spare pair of gloves that would be appreciated.

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AGM, October 21, 7pm, at the Darebin Parklands Office. See you there.

Our AGM is tomorrow week. Do please come along

The meeting will be held
·         on Friday, 21 October 2016, at 7.30 pm;
·         at Darebin Parklands Environment Centre, Separation Street (end of the street, in the parklands), Alphington.

The AGM officially starts at 7.30pm and there will be a short talk beforehand by Christian Taylor about the Yarra River Photo Survey, starting at 7pm. The survey is being conducted by Christian and is sponsored the Yarra Riverkeeper Association. The survey is creating a photographuc record of the Yarra from the Upper Yarra Reservoir to Port Phillip Bay. Here is the link on our website. And here is a link to the Facebook Page. The photos taken to date can be found on Google Maps: navigate on Google maps to the Upper Yarra Reservoir and click on the ‘pegman’ in the bottom right corner (first in the panel that runs across the bottom right-hand corner) and then click on any of the blue dots that appear along the course of the river.click-on-the-pegman-in-the-bottom-right-corner-and-the-blue-dots-will-appear

 

The findings are already fascinating, and it will be a talk well worth attending.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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‘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 http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/protecting-the-yarra-river, 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.

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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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Christmas has been a busy season for developments

It has been a busy December as developers have submitted planning applications or planning applications have moved to the next stage.

  • Salta has submitted a planning application to the City of Yarra for a 10 storey building between the Skipping Girl building (and famous sign) and Walmer Street in Abbotsford, at 647 Victoria Street
  • The City of Yarra was notified about another development by Salta of almost 640 apartments in two towers in Abbotsford on the other side of Walmer Street. This is zoned as Priority Development so the planning minister decides not the council.
  • The development at 106 St Georges Road of 7 storeys and 10 apartments will now go to VCAT in May as it was rejected by council.

There has been quite a bit of coverage for the first two developments in the Age and the Leader and on Channel 9 and Channel 7.

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