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YRK: COVID-19 Update

The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is committed to the safety and protection of the Yarra and of our hardworking volunteers. Given the current situation we find ourselves in, the Association has decided to stop any large gatherings for the foreseeable future. This decision is to minimise the risk of contagion of the virus known as COVID-19. 

However, this does not mean that we are stopping our efforts in protecting the Yarra River. We are working diligently on the Yarra Strategic Plan submission to ensure the best possible outcome. If you would like to submit a response to the Yarra Strategic Plan, please, click here: Engage Victoria Yarra Strategic Plan Submissions. The team will be active and ready to answer any questions or queries that anyone might have about the River during this challenging period. Please don’t hesitate to call or email info@yarrariver.org.au

The Yarra Riverkeepers wish you to be safe during this period; we will come out of this stronger. We are looking forward to seeing you all very soon at our future events and along the banks of our beautiful Yarra.

Kind regards,

Yarra Riverkeeper Association

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Kew Festival: Walk and Talk

The Kew Festival is upon us! Please join Andrew Kelly, the Riverkeeper on a guided walk beginning at the Studley Park Boathouse on the 12 March.

Learn interesting historical facts about our much loved Yarra River as you walk through some of its most iconic stretches.

See more information here: Kew Festival Walk and Talk

Save it to your Google Calendar here: Walk and Talk

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Tracking Litter in the Yarra River Seminar

Please join our Education Officer Nicole Kowalczyk to celebrate the capstone of her Litter and Flows Project!

Join the Yarra Riverkeeper Association, Cleanwater Group and the RMIT Litter Tracker Team to gain insight into the presence, source, and fate of plastics in the Yarra River. In this seminar, we’ll share the findings of three years of Yarra litter research and will discuss the implications of plastic for this freshwater ecosystem. Dr Kavitha Chinathamby will then zoom in on the fate of plastic bottles in the Yarra River. We’ll follow the journey of bottles containing GPS trackers released in various creeks and rivers and improve our understanding of how litter moves from our suburbs to our beaches, bays and the ocean.

Sign up here: Tracking Litter Seminar

We acknowledge the Victorian Government Port Phillip Bay Fund for supporting this project.

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FINAL Yarra River Blitz!

What a ride these Blitzes have been! It is bittersweet to come to end of an era with out last Yarra River Blitz on the 2 February. Now, we know we are getting in early but it is the final Blitz in the project and it will be fantastic and full of surprises.

We will be located at the Richmond Rowing Club. Please sign up on this link: Final Yarra River Blitz

The Yarra Riverkeeper team will keep you posted of any updates and surprises along the way. Hope to see many of you there!

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Maribyrnong River Blitz – 24 November

Join us for our next Blitz which will take place on the beautiful Maribyrnong on 24 November at the Footscray Rowing Club. As always, we will provide all the necessary equipment for our volunteers’ safety. Please register for the Blitz here: https://bit.ly/32eO9D4

Do note that Yarra Riverkeeper Association members have the benefit of being able to book a kayak or canoe for the day of the event. If you would like to reserve a vessel it is easy to become a member here: Become a YRK Member

The end of day activities will include a gold coin donation sausage sizzle so bring your coins and your appetite!

Do not hesitate to email the YRK if you have any questions! We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Register for the event here: Maribyrnong River Blitz

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Yarra Riverkeeper Association AGM

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting for the Yarra Riverkeeper Association at the Salon in the Abbotsford Convent on the 17 October from 6 pm to 9 pm. From 6 pm to 6:45 pm we will be serving beer from the Urban Alley Brewery at Cam’s Cafe in the Convent.

Make your vote count and decide on whether the proposed amendments should be approved. We are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces on the day. We will be joined on the day by Head Brewer of Urban Alley Shaya Rubinstein who will be the guest speaker for the meeting.

Please sign up for the AGM on Eventbrite: Yarra Riverkeeper Association AGM 2019

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Spring into Gardening

The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is ready to spring into Spring! Join us at the “Spring into Gardening” event hosted by the City of Stonnington. During the day, there will be a variety of activities for every age as well as an opportunity to engage with the Yarra Riverkeeper Staff! We’ll see you there on 13 October from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Come down and either become a member of getting information about our future events and also register for the event here: Spring into Gardening

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Ethos Urban – Planning Seminar

Please join us for an 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 from different points of view according to their backgrounds.

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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