State of the Yarra and its Parklands


In 2017, the Parliament of Victoria officially recognised the Yarra River as a living entity.

Consequently, the Commissioner’s Act was amended to include a State of the Yarra and its Parklands report, which would provide an environmental audit of the length of the river.

Section A: Communities of the Yarra and its Parklands

Millions of Victorians live along the Yarra River, and many share a nostalgia for the diverse recreational activities that the river can offer.

For Aboriginal communities, existence and identity is underpinned by healthy cultural landscapes. Along with water and other natural resources, the waters of the river, and the land along the Yarra, were managed for thousands of years according to traditional laws, customs and practices.

Section A of the State of the Yarra and its Parklands report will report on the following:

Section B: Environmental health

Hedged by mountains, sits the Upper Yarra Reservoir, where the state’s beloved river starts. There are no boats or recreation to be found; here, water quality is of the utmost importance – providing an impressive 70% of Melbourne’s water supply. To maintain the water’s integrity, constant monitoring is vital.

A comprehensive environmental audit will consider:

  • Threats and pressures
  • Aquatic ecosystem health
  • Native flora and fauna
  • Habitat corridors and biodiversity hotspots
  • Parks
  • Ecosystem services
  • United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals