Protecting Nature and Biodiversity in Yarra

Tuesday 16 May 2023

Aerial photo of the Yarra River at Yarra Bend Park

Yarra’s Nature Strategy guides Council’s efforts to protect and enhance the unique biodiversity of the area.

Nature is essential to our health, wellbeing and quality of life. Beyond providing clean air, water and shelter, nature also helps with relaxation and creativity, while providing opportunities for social interaction and community connection.  

The City of Yarra is home to a diverse range of plants and animals, large areas of valuable bushland and a number of important wetland habitats. Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people as the Traditional Owners and true sovereigns of this land. 

Since adopting its Nature Strategy in 2020, Yarra City Council has: 

  • Planted over 23,500 indigenous plants across 13 bushland sites.
  • Created 7,500 square metres of high-quality habitat for plants and animals.
  • Regenerated 1,700 square metres of bushland through direct seed planting.
  • Launched the pilot Gardens for Wildlife program.
  • Installed two floating islands in Alphington Wetlands to reduce nutrients and algal blooms, and create habitat in the urban wetland.
  • Partnered with Collingwood Children’s Farm and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to deliver the Narrap Team Female Ranger Traineeship Initiative.
  • Helped the community engage with nature and conservation through events like National Tree Day, the City Nature Challenge and WaterWatch. 

These actions have made significant impacts in protecting and enhancing local biodiversity and supporting the community to appreciate and connect with nature. 

To learn more, read our Nature Strategy 2020-24


Search for news