The Yarra Riverkeeper Association (YRKA) is an organisation that supports and shares the many community voices along the Yarra River, also known as Birrarung. 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.

“The Yarra/Birrarung needs our love and protection. Issues such as plastic pollution, not enough water for the river to function properly, urban development that fails to consider the needs of the river, and the effects of global heating, all require communities, governments and businesses to work together to develop solutions that ensure the river is healthy for future generations to enjoy.”

— Charlotte Sterrett, Yarra Riverkeeper.


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Protecting and restoring the Yarra River for you and future generations

Along its green corridor, the Yarra/Birrarung 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, Birrarung River is in danger. Issues such as pollution, unsustainable riverside development and planning, and poor water flow put your Yarra, Birrarung 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.