Protecting the Yarra River

Protecting the Yarra River Update - October 2017 

Melbourne Water is leading the development of the Yarra Strategic Plan and is seeking the community’s input and stories about the Yarra River.

The Yarra Strategic Plan will provide the framework for future planning of the river corridor. Visit the Melbourne Water website for more information.

Protecting the Yarra River Discussion Paper - August 2016 

The State Government of Victoria is inviting Victorians to have their say on future management options for the Yarra River.  A discussion paper has been prepared by a Government appointed Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee, to generate discussion on how the Yarra River is managed and protected in the future. It is open for public comment until Friday 5 August 2016.

Community workshops and listening posts are being held late July and August by the Advisory Committee.  For dates and times visit

The City of Stonnington welcomes the release of this paper and encourages residents to contribute their ideas to the future planning process.

Having initiated the Lower Yarra River Biodiversity Linkages Project within Stonnington, Council has so far invested more than $5 million towards the protection and rejuvenation of the Yarra River, and is committed to ensuring the sustainable future of this major waterway and its surrounds.

The project has already seen an increase in habitat connectivity and an improvement in water quality through native revegetation and the installation of a bioretention water treatment system. The construction of an ephemeral wetland system is helping to filter storm water run-off into the river, and more than 200,000 new plants are providing shelter for a growing number of birds, fish and wildlife.

The City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Claude Ullin said “In line with our Sustainable Environment Strategy, Council will continue to work in partnership with the community and the State Government to protect and enhance the Yarra, and the natural and urban environments surrounding it.

The consultation stage of the State Government’s discussion paper is an important part of this work, and Stonnington residents are strongly encouraged to join the conversation,” he added.