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Two years ago, we called you together to develop a community vision for
the Yarra. Now we are calling you together again to take that vision to the
next stage. The Yarra and its green corridor has come to a turning point.
As Melbourne’s population heads towards 8 million in 2050, pressure is
mounting on one of the city’s most precious natural assets.
Our river deserves modern governance driven by a long-term vision that
is founded on community involvement, a clear strategy that is regularly
reviewed, targets, ongoing monitoring and regular reporting.
Much progress has been in the two years since our first forum. In February,
this year the government announced a Yarra River Action Plan. This
provides the policy foundations for the drafting of a Yarra River (Willip-gin
Birrarung murron) Protection Bill. This Action Plan includes the preparation
of a community vision for our river and a detailed Yarra Strategic Plan.
Community participation will be central to the preparation of both
Join Environmental Justice Australia and the Yarra Riverkeeper to develop
the community vision for the Yarra.
When: 6pm to 8pm
Date: 5 April 2017
Place: The Linen Room
1 St Heliers Street