Yarra River Project
In 2010, the City of Stonnington started one of the biggest regeneration projects in the Yarra River’s recent history – the Yarra River Biodiversity Project.
To date, Council has invested more than $2.5 million to increase habitat connectivity, improve water quality and provide recreational and educational opportunities for the community to interact with Melbourne’s landmark river.
The Yarra River acts as a wildlife corridor (also known as ‘green freeway’) for many different animal species. Riding your bike or walking along the Yarra River you may hear and see a noisy flock of Yellow-tailed Black cockatoos travelling from tree to tree.
Discover more about the history and ecological value of the Yarra River and Tune into our new Audio Tour on your next walk or bike ride along the Yarra and learn all about Melbourne’s landmark river.
Yarra River Biodiversity Project summary
- Indigenous riparian revegetation works
- construction of an ephemeral wetland system
- realignment and upgrade of bicycle path
- construction of pedestrian boardwalk
- planned installation of educational signage.
Stage 1 - completed
An ephemeral wetland system was constructed during Stage 1 of the Yarra River Biodiversity Project to treat stormwater run-off from the Toorak Village catchment. The wetlands remove sediment and filter pollutants from stormwater including nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen. Vegetation in the wetland also helps to treat the water before it is discharged into the Yarra River, as well as providing habitat for birds, animals and fish.
The bicycle path has been upgraded and a pedestrian boardwalk has been installed, winding through the newly planted indigenous vegetation.
Stages 2 and 3 - completed
Stage 2 included the construction of a series of bioretention ponds with integrated walkways; realignment and widening of the cycle path, and improved seating to help people interact with the surrounding environment.
Stage 2 and 3 included improved shared pathways, seating and viewing sites as well as increasing levels of biodiversity with indigenous native revegetation works.
Stages 4 and 5 - completed
Key design elements included:
Rest areas with bicycle lock-ups and seating.
New three metre-wide shared path.
Improved access to the bus stop.
Replacement of handrails and new retaining walls.
Currently in design phase.