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$4.6 Million Funding Boost for Lower Yarra River

Tuesday 30 October, 2018


Investment in sustainability and safety for future use

The Victorian Government has invested $4.6 million to improve commercial and recreational access along the Lower Yarra River.

The funding comprises of $2.8 million for sustainable dredging works, supplemented by an additional $1.8 million, over three years, for ongoing works to maintain the dredging program. This represents the biggest investment into the Yarra River since the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

This funding will enable safer navigation and reduce the siltation of the river and ensure it is accessible for public use well into the future.

The dredging program will be carried out over four years, on the recommendations outlined in Lower Yarra River Dredging Study. Importantly, the study suggests that, from available sediment quality data, the environmental risk associated with dredging is low.

This funding boost means that the precinct will be maintained as a prominent landmark in the Melbourne CBD and acknowledges its contribution to the modern culture and social vibrancy of Melbourne.

Sustainable dredging of the Lower Yarra River will ensure that it remains a popular destination for locals, rowers, tourists, walkers and cyclists.

The Yarra River is a cornerstone to Victoria’s visitor economy. Enhancing navigational safety will ensure tour operators can offer the best possible experience for visitors.

A number of priority dredging sites have been identified in the study including:

  • Victorian Rowing Association Landing
  • Herring Island
  • Melbourne Park Landing
  • Collins Street Landing
  • Crown Floating Landing
  • Southbank Public Wharf

Quotes attributable to Christine Trotman, Board Member, Parks Victoria

The Lower Yarra River is a hub of social, recreational and commercial activity. Sustainable dredging will ensure that the river remains healthy, contributes to community wellbeing and stimulates Victoria’s booming visitor economy.”

“A comprehensive dredging program and funding for ongoing maintenance will ensure access and safe passage to key priority sites along the river.”

Quotes attributable to John Forman, President, Yarra River Business Association

“More visitors are travelling to Melbourne than ever before and we’re investing to keep them coming. It’s great news for local businesses and tourism operators along the Lower Yarra River.”

“The historical and cultural significance of the Yarra River is an important reminder of Melbourne’s history and development. So, the decision to invest in its future will support local businesses and will ensure that the Yarra River continues to contribute to Victoria’s booming visitor economy.”

Quotes attributable to Nick Gall, Chief Executive, Rowing Victoria

“The significant investment will continue to position the Yarra River as one of the premier rowing locations in Australia.”

“With the significant growth in demand by river users, particularly in the major tourist and entertainment areas of the Lower Yarra, competing uses must be balanced with the need to provide safe navigation through the river.”

Quotes attributable to Felicia Mariani, Chief Executive, Victorian Tourism Industry Council

“The Yarra River is an important tourism destination that attracts Victorians along with our national and international visitors to its bank. This funding will ensure the river continues to be a driving force of Melbourne’s tourism offer.”

“This $4.6 million funding boost is critical in ensuring that everyone who uses the Yarra, whether it be for sport or recreation, can continue to enjoy it well into the future. VTIC has called for Government to invest in the State’s regions and natural assets and the Yarra River is one of our most valued assets.  This funding will enable the Yarra River Precinct to change and adapt with the vibrancy of our growing and evolving city.”


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