The Yarra Riverkeeper Association (YRKA) is the voice of the Yarra. We are an independent, community led organisation of advocates who represent and protect this iconic Melbourne waterway. As Melbourne’s population grows, the river is coming under increasing environmental pressure, pollution and habitat fragmentation. Riverkeepers are vital to keeping the Yarra healthy.

“We advocate for the River: for green spaces, for water quality, for biodiversity, for the birds, animals, insects and reptiles along the River, for good planning decisions, for the tributaries, for the parklands, for appropriate recreation; and for an understanding of our river and its role in the life of the city of Melbourne. We lobby governments and we educate the community. We tell the story of the River.”

— Andrew Kelly, Yarra Riverkeeper.



Protecting and restoring the Yarra River for you and future generations

Along its green corridor, the Yarra River brings life, joy, and balance to its 242-kilometre stretch. Beautiful, spiritually significant, and central to Melbourne’s identity, it’s fundamental to our state’s liveability. Our vision is a healthy, protected and loved Yarra River. Every day we work to make this possible, through our advocacy, education, and on-the-ground efforts.



The Yarra River is in danger. Issues such as pollution, unsustainable riverside development and planning, and poor waterflow put your Yarra, and its beautiful inhabitants, at risk. But, together we can make a difference.


Our team work tirelessly to keep the Yarra beautiful and healthy. As a community based, grass-roots organisation, we speak and fight for the health of the river. We’re passionate, people-driven and want the Yarra’s legacy to continue for generations to come. Meet our team and learn how you can support or join us.


Ready to join the Yarra Riverkeeper Association?

Love the Yarra? Together, we can protect it. Join the Yarra Riverkeeper Association today or support us!

Follow our journey to a healthy, protected and loved river.