What we're doing

Weeding: tough beauty

Forget ripping out or blitzing. Our weeding is deliberative, high-precision work for ecological high stakes amid gorgeous scenery and great company. As you help the riverlands’ steady transformation, your eyes and mind will open and your love for the Yarra will grow with this cyclical activity.

Plant one for the Yarra

Over the cool months (or warm months at the river edge), you’ll be helping restore indigenous vegetation that hasn’t grown here for 150 years. Our gentle, deliberative approach ensures the bushes, grasses, herbs and trees will survive heavy flash flooding and erratic weather to thrive and flourish.

Walk and talk

Riverbanking begins with an inspiring site walk! You’ll be introduced to best-practice techniques and moving safely around this hazardous area. We’ll share lots of background, giving you a great foundation for caring for our beloved riverlands and helping them heal the way Nature intended.

Muscle and haul

If you’re up for something more ‘heavy duty’, we need strong arms to haul and stake branches for terracing. This work packs a powerful punch. It improves the degraded riverbank’s structural integrity and fosters symbiois between plants, soil, fungi and slime moulds for riverland health.

Sharing economy

Sometimes we need to borrow an SUV, a trailer, a power tool or a heavy hand tool like a mallet. Or just a good old helping hand with a trolley or extra wheelbarrow to shift rubbish bags or plants. We’re all for sharing resources, so if you can help out with equipment, give us a hoy!

Mark and map

Help us identify the plants and fungi along the river in Abbotsford and map them to the Atlas of Living Australia or inaturalist. A historic bit of tracking and sleuthing, this! And your weed ID will support critical, long-term weed management across generations of riverland stewards.

Our Mission

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Abbotsford Riverbankers was formed to advocate for and nurture our Yarra riverlands in Abbotsford.
Our mission is to help transform this degraded, weed-infested ribbon of riverland into a healthy riparian corridor as part of Melbourne’s most important river system.

Our Friends

Abbotsford Riverbankers acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Owners of this land on and in which we carry out our activities. We acknowledge that their sovereignty of this land has never been ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and future.