Victorian Government launches Yarra Strategic Plan

VicWater is pleased to see the Victorian Government launch the Yarra Strategic Plan - Burndap Birrarung burndap umarkoo. In partnership with Traditional Owners, the Bunurong and Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung, the plan aims to protect the Yarra River, Birrarung, into the future and encompasses a 50-year community vision.

The Birrarung Council, established in 2018 and consisting of Traditional Owners and community representatives, will oversee the plan and aims to protect the river from the challenges posed by rapid population growth and climate change.

The plan’s official name, Burndap Birrarung burndap umarkoo, means ‘what is good for the Yarra is good for all’ and reflects the collaborative approach of the plan. Fifteen state and local agencies will work together to manage the health of the river.

Building on the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017, the plan sets out 40 actions that reflect community values, and includes the expansion of parklands and habitat restoration, and revegetation works to increase native fish populations.

The plan intends to harness tourist opportunities by increasing access to berthing sites along the inner city reaches and will seek to enhance heritage and Aboriginal cultural values through interpretive signs and education.

Minister for Water Lisa Neville says, “This plan is the result of four years of consultation and development and will ensure the Yarra continues to be a place for people to connect with nature and each other for generations to come.”

Acknowledging Victorian’s connection to the Yarra, she says “The Yarra River has an important place in the hearts of Victorians and Burndap Birrarung burndap umarkoo delivers tangible actions that will keep the river and parklands alive for the benefit of everyone.”

More than 2,500 Victorians contributed to the vision of managing and protecting the Yarra River and its parklands as one living and integrated entity.