Other social values

The community values the Yarra in many ways beyond those described above. These social values include its rich human heritage (both indigenous and non-indigenous); the many forms of recreation beside and on the river; its inspiration to artists, photographers, authors and poets; the personal stories and associations with it; and the role the Yarra plays in civic and cultural events and celebrations.

The community value of the river has an important impact on its environmental values, because “people protect what they love”.

Our Vision

All Melburnians:

  • appreciate, understand, enjoy and celebrate the many wonders of the Yarra,
  • see its existence and its health as vital to their lives, and
  • actively care for it.