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Yarra Riverkeepers Association

We are a not-for-profit community organisation formed in 2004 by a group of citizens who love the Yarra River, and care for its future. Our aim is to protect and restore the Yarra River and its tributaries, from source to mouth, for current and future generations. We are a member of the growing and successful international Waterkeeper movement of community groups around the world caring for their local waterways.

What We Do

We tell the river’s “story”, highlighting its wonders and its challenges. We monitor its health and activities affecting it. We run educational events, river tours and give informative presentations to schools, community groups, the authorities and businesses. We work closely with numerous government bodies and NGO’s and advocate directly and through the news media for river care.

What We’ve Achieved

  • Established the first regular boat patrol of the Yarra
  • Instrumental in the state government’s decisions to cap the amount of water extracted from the river and provide it with environmental flows
  • Provided on-water inspection tours to over 200 community and business leaders and politicians
  • Delivered over 300 presentations and lectures
  • Spoken up for the Yarra in over 200 TV, radio and print media articles
  • Earned the reputation of being the pre-eminent voice of the Yarra River

Our Supporters

We are grateful for the funding and support of Melbourne Water, EPA, Parks Vic, Ruffin-Falkiner Trust, Environment Victoria, Waterkeeper Alliance, City of Yarra, Shire of Nillumbik, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, John Holland and, of course, our dedicated members.

+61 409 510 766
PO Box 320, Fairfield 3078
infoatyarrariver [dot] org [dot] au
  • Recent Activity

  • Congratulations Ian Penrose!

    Yarra Riverkeeper - Ian Penrose - has won a 2010 Melbourne Award for his contribution to the environment. Qualified in science, operations research and commercial management, Ian worked for 27 years with Shell in the coal mining, natural gas and shipping industries, based locally and overseas. Later he headed the Victorian Government's program to restore the Snowy River. In 2004, Ian helped form the Yarra Riverkeeper Association and was later appointed the first Yarra Riverkeeper. In that role he acts as the association’s spokesperson and dedicates his time and effort to speaking up for Melbourne’s major waterway. Ian thanks the Yarra River Business Association for nominating him for a Melbourne Award.

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