Vision for the Yarra

In February 2017 Melbourne Water were nominated as the lead agency in the development of the Yarra Strategic Plan to enable the Yarra River to be managed and cared for as one living and integrated entity. A key requirement of the plan was the inclusion of a long-term community vision for the river.

Beginning in September 2017, Melbourne Water gathered information about what the community values and how they want the river to be cared for in future.

In February 2018 Melbourne Water brought together 24 randomly selected passionate citizens, known as the Yarra River Community Assembly, to write a 50-year community vision for the Yarra.

Members of the assembly heard from experts, including Wurundjeri Elders and community, about the history of the Yarra and its cultural significance to the Traditional Owners.

The group used the stories gathered from the broader community to write a vision for each of the Yarra’s four reaches (upper rural, lower rural, suburban and inner-city) and an overarching vision for the whole river.

These visions will provide the building blocks for how the river and its land are used and managed in future, to ensure the Yarra remains a proud part of Victoria’s identity.

We now need your help to write a Yarra Strategic Plan that brings the vision to life. Add a marker to our interactive map, online consultation closes 31 July 2018.

Whole of Yarra River Vision