The Yarra River is a crucial landscape and environmental corridor and helps define the identity of the City of Yarra. It is a major parkland, biodiversity and recreation corridor serving local communities and the wider region.
Yarra Strategic Plan (YSP)
In February 2022, the Victorian State Government released the Yarra Strategic Plan (YSP) – Burndap Birrarung burndap umarkoo, to protect the Yarra River, Birrarung.
The YSP was developed in partnership with the Bunurong and Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Traditional Owners, and is governed by the Yarra Collaboration Committee, involving representatives from Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, State and Local Government organisations, including Yarra City Council.
The plan builds on the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017 and sets out a 10 year strategy and a 50 year community vision for the river.
This new approach will better protect the river from the challenges of rapid population growth, urbanisation and climate change.
Melbourne Water is the lead agency for the implementation of the YSP, and will actively facilitate the collaborative governance model to maintain accountabilities of the responsible public entities.
An interim implementation plan is being finalised demonstrating how the collaborative actions and objectives of the YSP will be delivered.
Where can I get more information?
The Burndap Birrarung burndap umarkoo, Yarra Strategic Plan is available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
The Yarra Riverkeeper Association aims ‘To protect and restore the Yarra River and its tributaries, from source to mouth, for current and future generations.’ This community based organization advocates for the River and other waterways. Its website includes a range of information about the River, progress, news and current activities.