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Yarra riverkeeper Ian Penrose steps down after nine years. Herald Sun

THOUGH this is now the third time he has retired from a career, the outgoing Yarra riverkeeper Ian Penrose insists this time it’s for good.

For the past nine years Mr Penrose has been the face of Melbourne’s iconic river.

His time in the role has been spent lobbying politicians, hosting countless river tours and being the waterway’s best friend, fighting for both its short and long-term survival.

“I’m 65 now and it’s time I give someone else a go,” Mr Penrose said.

Mr Penrose is being replaced by Kew’s Andrew Kelly

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Protecting the Yarra must be a priority – The Age editorial

On visiting Melbourne in 1893, James Goudie wrote that, even after all he had seen in Europe, this was “one of the finest cities”. The Scottish traveller was much taken by the beauty and sophistication of the Botanic Gardens, by the fine civic buildings and ornate mansions of Melbourne, but he held grave reservations about the river that ran through it. The Yarra, he said, was “the filthiest piece of water I ever had the misfortune to be afloat on”.

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New Riverkeeper profile in The Age

The Yarra River is coming under increasing pressure from development along its banks and needs even greater planning protections put in place, its newly appointed riverkeeper says.

Andrew Kelly began last week as the new Yarra Riverkeeper, replacing the first-ever keeper of the river, Ian Penrose, who was in the job for almost a decade.
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