The Yarra River is Melbourne’s most important natural asset, and all Melburnians are dependent on it. It provides 70% of piped water and its valley is world renowned for its vineyards and natural beauty. It is the centrepiece of many city cultural events and plays host to sports, recreational and nature-based activities. The forested upper reaches of the river – the source of most of the city’s precious, high quality drinking water – are in good condition, but water quality declines downstream because of agricultural and urban run-off.
Andrew Kelly grew up along the banks of Victoria's beautiful Yarra River. He is out on the river at every opportunity — when he leaves Burnley Harbour in the patrol boat, he struggles with the decision about whether to go upstream or down. Upstream to the beauty of Yarra Bend National Park or downstream to the excitement of the city centre and the humming Port of Melbourne. Andrew has degrees in geography and archaeology from the University of Melbourne. He pursued a career in publishing and communications before becoming Yarra Riverkeeper in 2014.
PO Box 210
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065