What: Yarra source-to-sea challenge, 250km journey in kayak along the Yarra River.

Why: To raise awareness of rivercare and landcare issues during Landcare Week (1-7 Sept) with a key tie-in of the PPWCMA’s Yarra4Life launch (during the week) plus strengthening of agreed environmental messages surrounding the Yarra River promoted by Environment Victoria, Yarra River Keepers, Melbourne Water and  Parks Vic.

When:  30th August – 4th Sept.

Where: Starting just below the Upper Yarra Reservoir, 96km east of Melbourne CBD. Finish Williamstown.

Who: Chris Ord (Landcare Australia), Jarad Kohler (Keen Footwear & Peak Adventure), Jonothan Dutton (paddler), Rebecca Ritters (Logistics Manager), Sacha Dench (paddler), YOU (c’mon….).

JOIN IN: at any time along the stretch – call 04303 76621 to see where we’ll be and when. OR just turn up on the last day for a leisurely paddle from Herring Island (Melways Map 2M RefC2). Meet at Como Landing at 10am for an 11am set off to Williamstown.

FREE BBQ at the end Thursday 12pm – 3pm thanks to Keens and Coles. At Williamstown, Burgoyne Reserve, nr Williamstown Sailing Club.  
Supporting partners : Landcare Australia / Coastcare, Local landcare groups enroute, Keen, Coles, Canoes Plus, Port Philip Westernport Catchment Management Authority (Yarra4Life), Environment Victoria (Go Yarra Flow campaign), Parks Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment – Landcare,  Outer Edge Magazine, Yarra Riverkeepers, Flint Interactive, Pistol Clothing.

Listen to Chris ord on Red Symons morning show:

2 responses

28 08 2008
Anna Hurlimann

Many of our rivers are severely stressed, both in terms of water quantity and quality. We need to do more to protect the flows and quality of our rivers for the sake of the environment. Our urban and rural activities have detrimental impacts on our rivers. We need to understand these impacts better and address them in best practice for management of our urban and rural activities. I support the Landcare S2S Challenge. It is a great way to raise awareness of rivercare and landcare issues which are becoming increasingly important.

Dr Anna Hurlimann, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, The University of Melbourne.

4 09 2008

hi i paddled today in the final leg. please post pictures or send me some. thanks. hope this will be a yearly thing. i’ll be glad to do more legs of it next year! 🙂

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