Posted on October 25th, 2018
In April 2018, in collaboration with Melbourne Water and Cleanwater Group, five tonnes of litter and polystyrene contaminated soil were vacuumed and removed from the Yarra reed bed system. The 5-day blitz culminated in a community event which drew over 200 attendees from across Melbourne who collected a further 450 kg of rubbish from the river. The Blitz attracted a lot of media attention including extensive coverage on the second season of ‘War on Waste’. Following the success of the pilot and due to a successful Bay Fund application, the Yarra Riverkeeper Association will run an additional 6 blitzes within the lower Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers over the next two years.
The first blitz starts on the 12th of November with the community event scheduled on Sunday, 25 November. This morning will be all about clearing our precious Yarra within and along its banks. We’ll provide the boats, bags, gloves, and safety gear so you can LOVE YOUR RIVER!
We will be having a gold coin donation sausage sizzle at the end of the event!
For more information please go to the Eventbrite link.
Posted on October 25th, 2018
We have 3 very exciting events coming up in November!
All About Plastic
On Thursday, 8 November we’re hosting the ‘All About Plastic Seminar’ at the Salon in the Abbotsford Convent at 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. Joining us will be Peter Goad and Dr Ross Headifen for an informative morning at the Abbotsford Convent, talking all things plastic. For more information please follow the Eventbrite link to register. Bring all your friends and family for a fun and informative morning! Link: All About Plastic
Annual General Meeting
Our second event is happening on Wednesday, 14 November. The Yarra Riverkeeper Association will be having an Annual General Meeting to discuss some exciting new changes to the Constitution. Invitations have been sent out, check your email for more information!
Yarra River Blitz
Last but certainly not least, Sunday, 25 November the Yarra Riverkeeper Association is hosting the Yarra River Blitz! Join the Riverkeeper Association for a fun morning! For more information follow the link to Eventbrite and register your friends and family! Link: Yarra River Blitz
Schedule of events:
- 10:15 -10:30 Introduction & Safety Briefing on Herring Island
- 10:30 -12:00 Yarra river and reed clean-up
- 12:00 – 1:00 BBQ & prizes, depart Herring Island
Posted on August 24th, 2018
Keep an eye on this space for more details about our next clean-up at Burnley Harbour.
Posted on June 14th, 2018
Rowers, join forces to clean-up the Yarra River in this inaugural ‘Rowers Yarra River Clean-up’ event. Join us at either Hawthorn or Power House Rowing Clubs for a morning where we give back to our precious Yarra River.
The sessions will kick off with brief presentations by Yarra Riverkeeper representatives (9:00 – 9:30am). We’ll then get our hands dirty along the banks of the Yarra (9:30-11:30). At Power House you’ll also have the opportunity to hop on a kayak, generously provided by Sea Kayak Australia (first come – first served), and clean the reed beds around Herring Island. The clean-ups will be followed by morning tea and a sausage sizzle, and drinks will be available at bar prices.
Bags, litter grabbers and some gloves will be provided on the day. Please BYO water bottle and gloves if you have them.
We look forward to seeing you there!
REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/2JP2lwK
Posted on January 12th, 2018
The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is organizing a clean-up between the river and Burnley Harbour on Sunday 4 February from 10am to 12:30pm. We hope you can come along. Details and bookings: here.
Posted on October 30th, 2017
Do go online and add your story to the Yarra map at imaginetheyarra.com.au This is part of the community consultation for the Yarra Strategic Plan that Melbourne Water is conducting. This part of the consultation closes this Friday, so take the opportunity before it expires,
Posted on October 15th, 2017
Do come along to our AGM on Thursday 26 October at 7pm at the Darebin Parklands, Gleeson Centre, at the end of Separation Street. Learn about what is happening with the Yarra Strategic Plan and the community consultation that is currently underway. The plan is our chance to shape the future of the Yarra for the next 50 years. All the details are on Eventbrite. Please book and I do look forward to seeing you there.
Posted on October 2nd, 2017
Please do come along to Burnley Harbour on Sunday 3 December from 10am to 12.30pm and join us in cleaning-up our Yarra River. We hope you can come along. Details and bookings here.