Current Focus

The current focus of Yarra4Life is:

1. Connections between partners

Maintaining strong, ongoing connections between the many organisations involved in environmental management in the Yarra Valley. Enabling information-sharing, cooperation and partnership development, to ensure effective and efficient, allocation of effort and resources. This will connect government organisations, agencies and local community groups, and will also involve reaching out to those landowners who are not yet engaged in the program.

2. Connections for wildlife

Helping to save the Helmeted Honeyeater and other native animal species by increasing the quality, extent and connectivity of habitat across the landscape. In particular, establishing biolink connections from the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve north to the Yarra Ranges National Park, south-east to the Bunyip State Park and south-west to the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

3. Connections for people along the Yarra

Seeking to initiate a feasibility study for a Great Yarra Trail that would enable hiking and cycling all the way from the mountain ranges at the head of the Yarra River to Port Phillip Bay.

4. Connecting people with the Yarra environment

Initiating an annual event in the Yarra Valley that connects local communities and visitors with the environmental and cultural values of the Yarra, raises awareness of environmental issues, increases community health and well-being, and celebrates the beauty of the area.