Background

The Yarra River is one of Victoria’s most iconic waterways, integral to Melbourne’s identity and the liveability of the city. The Victorian Government is dedicated to protecting the health and amenity of the Yarra River and its landscapes as one living and integrated natural entity for the enjoyment of future generations.

In order to take a strategic approach to management of the Yarra River, the government released the Yarra River Action Plan as well as new legislation in the form of the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017.

One of the key strategic actions identified in the Yarra River Action Plan is developing the Cultural River Precinct Structure Plan, which includes the area along the Yarra River Corridor between Bulleen Park and the Banyule Flats, covering the suburbs of Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Bulleen, Lower Templestowe, Viewbank, and Lower Plenty.

The area has the potential to become an internationally significant cultural precinct centred on the relationship between the arts, nature and Aboriginal heritage.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is developing a structure plan with a 50-year outlook. The plan aims to ensure the long-term protection of the Yarra River and its parklands and manage development along the Yarra corridor. We are working in partnership with Wurundjeri to ensure the structure plan recognises and protects the Traditional Owners' cultural connection to the Yarra. The Victorian Government is committed to involving local communities in setting the future directions for land use and development in this Precinct.

Help inform the Cultural River Precinct Structure Plan

We want your help to shape a 50-year narrative for the Precinct that identifies important features for protection and drives the future enhancement of the Precinct, informing the development of the Precinct Structure Plan.

Tell us how you use the Yarra River and its parklands in this Precinct

What is your most common activity in the Cultural River Precinct Yarra parklands?

Your priorities and values for this Precinct

What needs to happen in the next 50-years in this Precinct to protect and enhance the Yarra River?

What does the Cultural River Precinct mean to you?

Which aspects of the cultural and natural heritage of this area matter to you?

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24 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Fix pollution in yarra river. Don't allow high rise or industry near Yarra. Housing development must give public benefits like open space.”

23 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Formalise the mountain bike trails along the yarra banks. Control the weed infestation from Burke rd to Bonds rd..”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Retain existing single track MTB trails , create a continuous path from Heide to Finns Reserve - a bridge from Banyule Flats to Templestowe.”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We need to look at the long-term future and keep the green wedge in tact before our ever-expanding metropolis eats it all up! treasure this!”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“This is one of the most prized pockets of Melbourne please do not touch it. We are already losing our liveability. Save the natural wonders!”

22 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Resources must be applied to ensure protection of full length of Yarra River with habitat corridors & protective vegetation at same time.”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“mountain bike riding on natural tracks, not formed gravel man made paths”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Indigenous heritage & lore, retention of natural character and ecosystem. I travel through by mountain bike and love the narrow dirt trails”

21 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Natural heritage, biodiversity, feeling like you're in the middle of the country when in fact you are in suburbia, etc”

20 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Decades of neglecting roads, paths and Heide can be fixed if Govt partners with owners to get win win outcomes for Heide, YVCC, and river.”

20 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“YVCC is a missed opportunity. Connect walking paths, increase public access and allow some form of development that can fund public works.”

20 May, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Industrial uses near the river should be moved and replaced with sympathetic development which also gives public access to the river.”