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|State of the Yarra and its parklands: 2018 report||38.77 MB|
Victoria’s first State of the Yarra and Its Parklands (SoY) Report 2018 is a legislative requirement in the Yarra River Protection (Wilipgin Birrarung murron) Act 2017 (the Act) (Part 1 - Preliminary 1(g)). The report’s objective is to assess the condition of the Yarra River and its parkland corridor. This was the first time the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Act 2003 (the CES Act) had been amended to include a second ‘State of’ report in addition to the five-yearly Victorian State of the Environment report.
The SoY report will be a baseline study of the environmental health of the Yarra River and its parklands based on existing research and information. The vision of this SoY report aligns with the Act’s objectives and principles in that it recognises, and will report on, the Yarra River and its corridor as one living and integrated natural entity that flows from catchment to coast. The SoY report does this by linking, and recognising equally, the importance of environmental condition to cultural, spiritual, economic and social health and wellbeing indicators. The SoY explores the importance of cultural landscape health and management to Traditional Owner communities, while capturing the social and economic picture of the communities who live alongside and are dependent on the Yarra River for their health and wellbeing and economic income and prosperity. The assessment of environmental health will include threats and pressures and the current state of the main Yarra River stem and adjacent parklands.