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MEDIA STATEMENT 21 November 2014
Promising Act to Protect Precious River
“Labor’s plan, announced today, to introduce a Yarra River Protection Act” is welcomed news” says the Yarra Riverkeeper Association.
Association spokesperson, Ian Penrose says “today’s announcement acknowledges the importance of the river and its corridor, and the need for its protection. The Yarra River corridor is Metropolitan Melbourne’s prime wildlife habitat and is the key outdoor space for recreational and nature-based activities, which are vital to the city’s liveability.”
Today’s announcement says “Labor will preserve rivers and open spaces, for the health of our future generations…Labor will introduce a Yarra River Protection Act to guard the river corridor from inappropriate development. A new Trust will develop standardised planning controls for the Yarra, and work with agencies to promote the river’s amenity and significance”.
Mr Penrose say, “that whilst there are no details yet about what might be in the proposed Act, we hope that it will address the stresses that Melbourne’s burgeoning growth is putting on the river from pollution, water extraction, and encroaching urban development.”
“In the planning arena, we hope it will
Mr Penrose concluded that “this is a welcomed announcement from the Labor party, particularly in a state election that has, to date, paid inadequate attention to protecting or enhancing our precious national environment.”