Yarra River Discussion Paper Open For Public Comments Until 5 August 2016

Yarra River Discussion Paper Open For Public Comments Until 5 August 2016

Victoria Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

Victorians Have Their Say On Yarra River Future

Victor P Taffa

The Andrews Government is inviting Victorians to get involved and have their say on future management options for the landmark Yarra River.

“With the pressures of urban growth and climate change, we need to protect the river and the land around it, and have a clear plan for future development.” Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said.

“There are more than ten different organisations responsible for management of the Yarra River we need clear management of the river and its corridor.”

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne and Minister for Water Lisa Neville today released the Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung) Discussion Paper to generate discussion on how to best protect the Yarra for generations to come.

The discussion paper has been prepared by the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee, chaired by Chris Chesterfield, appointed in December 2015.

“The Andrews Government is determined to protect the 240 km of river between Richmond and Warrandyte. By working with the community we can deliver long term, meaningful change.” Minister for Water Lisa Neville said.

VIC Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

VIC Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Committee will provide independent advice to government by the end of 2016 on governance reforms regarding three key aspects of the Yarra River:

  • Waterway health (stream, riverbanks and vegetation)
  • Community use, access and amenity of the river and its network of parklands and open spaces
  • Interface of the river with adjacent land uses and its catchment.

The State Government will work to protect the Yarra by introducing legislation, stronger planning controls and a Trust to ensure the river is protected.

The discussion paper is now open for public comment until Friday 5 August 2016.