Our next Yarra River Blitz will be on the 25th of August – keep watching this space for more details!
Our Yarra river needs more protection as the challenges of an expanding population and a drying climate puts increasing pressure on our waterways. The Yarra Riverkeeper is making five election requests on behalf of our river. Please read and support our election position statement, which is now available here on our website. Please talk to your local member on behalf of our river and please share with friends and colleagues and on social media. In short, we have 5 requests
- From planning to action – implement the Yarra River Action Plan.
Make the Yarra River Planning Controls permanent.
Extend stormwater controls and fund gross pollutant traps.
Increase Yarra environmental water flows to reflect ecological needs.
North East Link & Yarra crossing projects — net gain for environment always.
Please do come along to Burnley Harbour on Sunday 6 August from 10am to 1pm and join us in cleaning-up our Yarra River. We hope you can come along. Details and bookings here.
We have successful moved our membership database online thanks to Wild Apricot and PayPal here The url is actually: https://yra.wildapricot.org. The first time you log on you will have to create a password and then you will then be able manage your own membership information online. You are able to pay your renewal (or joining fee) online with a credit card, and make a donation. If you want to pay by bank transfer please create an invoice, and then make a bank transfer using your name as a reference, or send us a cheque. We have been using this powerful new software to send out our last three newsletters. Any problems? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the success of first clean-up at Burnley, the Yarra Riverkeeper Association is organising a second clean-up between the river and Burnley Harbour on Sunday 2 April from 10am to 1pm. We hope you can come along. Details and bookings here.
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.
The findings are already fascinating, and it will be a talk well worth attending.
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.
The Yarra River Photo Survey now has page on Facebook