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Guide to Weeding For A Better Yarra

Update: Access to the live chat questions are now available – click here

On the 25 June we launched the Weeding Toolkit. This is the first of three Toolkits which aims to equip the community to practice environmental stewardship and connect with the iconic landscape and biodiversity found in and around the Yarra River. You can watch the webinar here

Polystyrene Webinar

The recording of the webinar delivered by our Litter Officer, Anthony Despotellis, is now available online at our YouTube account:

Litter Video Launch

After 2 years of work and nearly 38,000 kilos of rubbish collected during our Yarra and Maribyrnong Blitzes, we have concluded this project. We would like to thank every volunteer who gave up their time, every partner who supported and lifted this event to new heights and all the support we received.

To conclude, we have developed a video that envelopes everything we’ve learned about the litter in our waterways: Litter Video 2020

Would you swim in the Yarra? This seems to be the question of the decade. Have a read of this article written by the RACV and Yarra Pools in which the Yarra Riverkeeper, Andrew Kelly gave valuable input into the opportunities for a swim able Yarra.

Article: Would you swim in the Yarra River?

Another corporate event!

We are very excited to have had another corporate volunteering event with yet another international organisation. We are pleased with the reception it has had with organisations and the excitement that these groups bring to the event. As the year comes to close, things begin to slow down; however, it is not too late to book your corporate event for the beginning of 2020! Send an email to for more details.

Upcoming events

draft Yarra Strategic Plan Planning Panel

On Tuesday 26 May 2020, the draft Yarra Strategic Plan Planning Panel starts at 10am. There are links on this page. Here’s the schedule. 1. Tuesday 26 May 2020 10 am2. Wednesday 27 May 2020 10 am3. Monday 1 June 2020 10 am4 Wednesday 3 June 2020 10 am5 Thursday 4 June 2020 10 am6 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our Yarra River

The Yarra River is Melbourne’s most important natural asset and all Melburnians are dependent on it. It supplies most of our piped water. The river corridor is one of the region’s prime wildlife habitats and is a popular place for recreational and nature-based activities, which are vital to community well-being and the city’s liveability.

But the impact of our large city and its burgeoning growth are putting the river under severe stress from water extraction, pollution and encroaching urban development. With your help, we can continue our work to protect and restore the river’s health.

Who are we

Formed in 2004, the Yarra Riverkeeper Association has become the primary ‘voice of the river’.

We monitor the Yarra’s health, and keep track of the many activities affecting it. We run river tours and give presentations to educate students, community groups, government and businesses about the need for us all to protect this vital asset. We tell the river’s stories, highlighting its heritage and wonders, as well as its challenges.

Enjoy the wonders of our Yarra. Take a close interest in river and water matters.
Invite us to give a presentation to your school, community group or workplace.
(Contact Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly on 0434 892 772 or
Join us in working on the Yarra Strategic Plan and the refresh of the Healthy Waterways Strategy for the Yarra.
And last but not least . . .

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