Melbourne Water is leading the development of the Yarra Strategic Plan, which will give effect to the community’s long-term vision for the Yarra and provide the basis for the future planning of the river corridor and each of its reaches.
Following the Ministerial Advisory Committee recommendations in 2016, the Victorian Government’s Yarra River Action Plan was released in early 2017. It detailed 30 actions to ensure the long-term protection of the Yarra River, and its environs and parklands.
The Action Plan nominated Melbourne Water as the lead agency for seven actions including the development of a 50 year Community Vision for the Yarra, which will become the foundation for an overarching Yarra Strategic Plan (YSP).
Landmark legislation has been introduced to the Victorian Parliament to deliver the Action Plan (including the YSP) to protect the Yarra River for future generations. In an Australian first, the Yarra River Protection (Willip-gin Birrarung Murron) Bill 2017, identifies the Yarra River and the many hundreds of parcels of public land it flows through as one living, integrated natural entity for protection and improvement.
There are four key elements that will guide Melbourne Water’s development of the YSP:
- the overall environmental health of the river (waterway and riparian land)
- community use, access and amenity of the river and parklands
- the river’s landscape setting and interface of the river corridor with adjacent land use
- cultural and heritage values
We will work in partnership with Traditional Owners and public entities with delivery responsibilities along the river to develop the Yarra Strategic Plan.
How to get involved
Continuing and expanding on the conversations started in 2016 by the Ministerial Advisory Committee, the development of the Yarra Strategic Plan will work to understand the community’s values, concerns and hopes for the river.
To achieve this, we will be starting an ambitious community and stakeholder engagement process in late August 2017, which will seek to hear and celebrate the community’s stories about the Yarra, now and into the future.
If you’re keen to participate please visit our engagement site or email [email protected]
For information on the Ministerial Advisory Committee process:
- Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung) Discussion Paper
- Community Views Report (PDF, 4.2 MB)
- Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung) Ministerial Advisory Committee Final Report
Other relevant material: