The State of the Yarra and its Parklands 2018 Report is the first of its kind from the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.
The Report was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on 19 March 2019.
The Report provides an assessment of the environmental condition of the Yarra River corridor through analysis of a set of 36 biophysical and socioeconomic indicators.
The Commissioner makes seven recommendations within the Report which are largely focussed on improving the acquisition, quality, access and management of data, or enhancing work in specific policy or programs areas.
The Victorian Government’s formal response to the seven recommendations is presented within this document. The Government acknowledges the preparation of the Report was difficult ahead of the finalisation of the Yarra Strategic Plan (YSP), the plan that will form a critical component of the delivery of the Yarra River Protection Act (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017 (the Act).
As outlined in the response, the Government’s priorities for the Yarra River, Birrarung are driven by understanding what matters most to the community and by focusing work on delivering these community outcomes.