Is the tide turning for our upside-down river?
It is often said the Yarra River flows upside-down through central Melbourne.
Its muddy appearance is thanks to the easily erodible soils in its catchment often mobilised by poor land use.
Waterway health, community use and the river's interface with adjacent land uses and its catchment are the focus of reforms being considered by the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee.
The committee has just released a discussion paper 'on how to best protect the Yarra for generations to come' and is inviting public comments by 5 August 2016.
The Victorian Government has committed to introducing legislation, stronger planning controls and a trust to ensure the river is protected.
According to planning minister Richard Wynne there are more than ten different organisations responsible for management of the Yarra River. He says we need clear management of the river and its corridor.
The Andrews Labor Government says it is determined to protect the 240 kilometres of river between Richmond and Warrandyte and that by working with the community it can 'deliver long term, meaningful change'.
For a copy of the discussion paper and to contribute your ideas towards protecting the Yarra River visit the Victorian Government's Have Your Say website >>