Yarra Riverkeeper Association



Yarra Riverkeeper Association

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The Yarra Riverkeeper Association speaks for the Yarra, Melbourne’s own beautiful, resilient, iconic River. The Association is the credible and authoritative voice for the River. It is an independent community of citizen-advocates that works solely in the interest of the river. The spokesperson of the Association is the Yarra Riverkeeper, and the Riverkeeper boat is permanently moored in the Yarra and patrols the River. As the population of Melbourne balloons and demands for open spaces grow, our River is coming under increasing pressure.

“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.

The Yarra River Association was incorporated in 2005 and is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance of more than 150 waterkeepers worldwide.

Our vision

A Yarra River, with tributaries, that is healthy, ecologically sustainable and valued by the community.

Our aim

To protect and restore the Yarra River and its tributaries, from source to mouth, for current and future generations.
Our objectives:

to be an effective, independent public advocate for the Yarra River and its tributaries
to provide a unified voice, representative of the community, in relation to whole-of-river issues
to identify, create and implement initiatives that will protect and restore the Yarra River and its tributaries
to build and foster relationships with all stakeholders
to ensure integrated management founded upon stewardship
to build and make publicly accessible knowledge relating to the Yarra catchment
to celebrate the ecological and social value of the Yarra River and its tributaries
to establish a realistic funding base that can support projected activities.

We are committed to child safety. Please see our statement of commitment here.

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Type of group

Incorporated Association

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

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Primary location

Yarra River

Known address

Yarra Riverkeeper Association, Suite C1.04, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Vic 3067

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