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The Yarra River / Birrarung is one of Victoria’s most iconic waterways and is integral to Melbourne’s character and liveability.
The Yarra River / Birrarung and Traditional Owners
The river is central to the identity and well-being of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, the Traditional Owners of the lands through which the river flows.
Downstream of the city, the Bunurong People are the Traditional Owners of the lower reaches of the Yarra estuary out to Port Phillip Bay / Narrm.
A flowing wonder
The river is a major biodiversity corridor that flows across more than 240 km of diverse urban and rural landscapes.
How the government is protecting the Yarra River / Birrarung
Several landmark initiatives show the commitment of the government to protecting the Yarra River / Birrarung. The initiatives include:
- Yarra River Action Plan
- Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017
- The Birrarung Council advises the minister for water and advocates for the protection and well-being of the Yarra
- Burndap Birrarung burndap umarkoo, the Yarra Strategic Plan
- Amendment VC197 permanent planning controls.
Page last updated: 08/09/23