City of Yarra

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About this organisation

The City of Yarra is an inner Melbourne metropolitan municipality which is home to a diverse community of about 94,000 people. Yarra’s 19.5 square kilometres include the suburbs of Abbotsford, Burnley, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Princes Hill, Richmond and parts of Alphington and Fairfield.

There is approximately 235ha of public open space available in Yarra from small neighbourhood pocket parks, to the banks of the Yarra River. An additional 75ha of open space in Yarra is available on a fee paying basis.

The Merri Creek and Yarra River have adjoining linear open space reserves which are highly valued by residents of Yarra and wider metropolitan Melbourne for their recreation and nature conservation values. In contrast there are highly urbanised areas of the City with almost no open space including Collingwood, Cremorne and North Richmond.

Yarra has two large, significant historical gardens - Edinburgh and Darling Gardens located in North Fitzroy and Clifton Hill. The diverse character, use and distribution of Yarra’s open spaces reflect the natural, historic, heritage, urban, cultural and social makeup of the City.

Yarra has approximately 30,000 street and park trees. Yarra’s Urban Forest Strategy has recently been endorsed to guide the custodianship and expansion of this tree population to enhance the liveability of the municipality and mitigate the impacts of the urban heat island effect.

The City of Yarra recognises the value and universal benefits associated with provision of public open space and a healthy and diverse urban forest. We support the 202020 vision to increase green spaces throughout our urban areas by 2020 to improve the liveability and resilience of our cities and communities into the future.