The Yarra Greens team are working hard for our communities, to protect the environment and build a better future for everyone.
We are building a Yarra council that is progressive, collaborative and diverse. Read more about our councillors Anab, Edward, and Sophie.
Our achievements on Yarra City Council
With Greens Councillors in Yarra, we have achieved incredible things:
- A Climate Emergency Plan to reduce carbon emissions and save on energy bills
- More separated bike lanes
- Recognition of the proud history of traditional owners in our response to January 26th
- Reduced the number of cars on our streets
- An Urban Forest Strategy to cool the city
- Live streaming council meetings for transparent democracy
- A Nature Strategy to protect wildlife
- A Supervised Injecting Facility to save lives and Peacemaking Project
- Legal protection for the Yarra River Corridor
- New parks in areas of rapid growth
- State government commitment to new a bridge at Walmer Street
- More support for artists and art spaces
Our policies for the future of Yarra City Council
The Greens believe in putting people and the environment first. Our policies are geared towards building resilient communities, to ensure an inclusive, democratic, socially just, liveable and climate-safe future for all.
Local government helps shape our local communities, and in Yarra, the Greens will lead solutions from a local level that accelerate our climate emergency response and ensure equitable pandemic recovery by investing in thriving neighbourhoods and local economies. We will ensure that council resources are channeled to improve health, liveability and amenity for all residents, while protecting and enhancing our urban ecology and biodiversity.
On Yarra Council, we will be open to new ideas and be informed by best practice. We will work collaboratively, and we will be willing to take ambitious action to represent our communities.
Our 2020 policy statements are designed to complement each other in achieving these goals. They should be read in conjunction with Australian Greens Victoria state policies.
Through these policies, we aim to create:
A walkable city
Create a connected, accessible and safe city for all people, prioritising active and public transport and incentives to reduce car use.
A climate-safe city
Champion local government climate action, leading by example to drive down emissions, cool our streets, mitigate the impact of weather events and build resilience into our communities.
A socially just city
Create a city where no-one is left behind, where those most vulnerable to the impacts of social inequality and climate change are protected and empowered.
A green and liveable city
Green our streets and neighbourhoods by expanding local parks, extending urban tree canopy and protecting Yarra’s native wildlife and biodiversity. Decongest roads and create cleaner air by enhancing and promoting zero-emissions energy and transport.
A resilient city
Future proof our communities by investing in the health, cohesion and sustainability of Yarra’s diverse neighbourhoods, our vibrant high streets, our nature spaces and community services. Invest in local businesses in ways that support a sustainable economy and fair working conditions. Support community groups, businesses and households to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The Yarra Branch of the Australian Greens Victoria acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin nation as the custodians of the land now known as Yarra. We pay deepest respects to elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge the many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have lived, worked and contributed to the cultural and environmental heritage of Yarra. We acknowledge the strength and resilience of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people, whose sovereignty was never ceded and who retain their strong connections to family, clan and country despite the impacts of European invasion. The Yarra Greens are strongly committed to reconciliation and justice in partnership with the Aboriginal community in Yarra, including supporting the State Treaty process.