The support for Landcare S2S grows

28 08 2008

Jennifer Singfield, Moreton Baykeeper gets out onto the Yarra with Ian Penrose, Yarra Riverkeeper

Jennifer Singfield, Moreton Baykeeper gets out onto the Yarra with Ian Penrose, Yarra Riverkeeper

The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is pleased to support Chris in his Source-to-Sea challenge” says Riverkeeper Ian Penrose. “Our Yarra is suffering not just from pollution but also very low flows. Its total flow over the last year was only 13% of what it would be under average natural conditions. The combination of low rainfall and over-extraction has put our river under significant stress, and Chris’s kayak will at times be scrapping over the rocks. His momentous journey will draw much-needed attention to the plight of the river. But it will also highlight the Yarra’s special beauty and importantly celebrate the valuable work of the many community groups like ours in looking after the Yarra River, which is arguably Melbourne’s greatest natural asset.”

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Environment Victoria shares the passion

28 08 2008
Environment Victoria's Leonie Duncan

Leonie Duncan

Environment Victoria’s Healthy Rivers Campaign congratulates Chris and the S2S team for taking on this great challenge. “Community concern for the Yarra’s health continues to grow . It’s great to see another passionate expression of that concern,” said Environment Victoria’s Leonie Duncan.
 
The Healthy Rivers Campaign looked forward to hearing tales from this unique on-river journey and hoped the recent extra rain would mean Chris could could stay paddling rather than having to walk. “Recent rain has given a bit of boost to our city’s great river system, which has been suffering badly from low flows. Over the last 12 months flows in the river have been just a fifth of the long-term average due to a combination of dry conditions and high levels of water extraction.”
 
Ms Duncan was also delighted by the S2S team’s offer to use the challenge as an opportunity to raise awareness of the Go Yarra Flow campaign, a joint initiative of Environment Victoria and the Yarra Riverkeeper Association. Go Yarra Flow aims to send a strong message to the Victorian Government that the people of Melbourne value a healthy Yarra River and that means we need Premier Brumby to deliver the river’s promised environmental flows.
 
“While the people of Melbourne have worked hard to save water, so far we haven’t seen any environmental benefit in terms of reduced extraction from the river. Many people aren’t way that the Yarra is the source of up to 70% of Melbourne’s water, which puts a big strain on the river’s health. We need the Brumby government to come good on it’s promise and deliver the Yarra’s promised environmental flows.”
 
For more information on Go Yarra Flow click here