The Yarra Waterways Group (YWG) formed on the 9th of June 2016 at a public meeting held in Wesburn, Victoria.

The meeting was attended by a large group of farmers, landowners, tourism operators, business owners and residents concerned about the Victorian Government’s decision to transform the Yarra River and its tributaries into a new state park known as the State Emblems Park or Yellingbo Conservation Area.

The Yarra Waterways Group is an advocate for keeping the current rural character of the Yarra Valley and protecting it from increased bushfire risks.  We support sustainable agriculture, tourism and recreational use of the Yarra River and its tributaries. We also support practical and voluntary conservation programs that enhance the environment in collaboration with agriculture, tourism and the community.

Yarra Waterways Group also supports the importance of retaining Haining Farm in Don Valley as an educational facility to teach children from to urban areas of Melbourne about farming practices. The Donor of the property in 1974, Sir John Reid’s legacy was ‘to provide an opportunity for children to visit a farm, have contact with farm animals and gain an understanding of the important role of primary production in our community’.