Yarra Strategic Plan is published

Published on 14 April 2022

Burndap Birrarung burndap umarkoo, the first Yarra Strategic Plan, was released in February 2022 following extensive community, agency, and Traditional Owner collaboration and input.

Its name in Woi-wurrung language means ‘good for Yarra is good for all’. The plan gives effect to the community’s long-term vision for the Yarra and supports collaborative management of the river and its lands.

The plan will better protect the river and its parklands from the impacts of climate change, urbanisation and population growth. It brings together land use planning and management for the first time to protect and enhance the natural beauty and health of the Birrarung.

This is a pioneering approach to improving the Yarra’s parklands for a growing population, protecting important environmental and cultural values while enabling an array of outstanding river and parkland experiences.

The plan was endorsed by the 8 local councils, including Banyule City Council, 7 state government agencies and 6 committees of management, who collectively have committed to implementing the plan in partnership with the Traditional Owners on their Country. The plan was subsequently provided to the government for endorsement by the relevant ministers and approved for implementation.

Melbourne Water is the lead agency responsible for implementation and Banyule City Council will continue as part of the Yarra Collaborative Committee and its role in implementing and monitoring the plan.

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