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), we’re coaxing local ecologies to heal after total destruction over 170 years and relentless degradation even now. 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’, strong arms are critical for whippersnipping, hauling and terracing, and much more. This work packs a powerful punch. It protects and improves the degraded riverbank’s structural integrity. And it helps us with broader land management in areas not yet ready for more intense care.
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 put the Yarra’s lower western floodplain on the map. The plants, fungi and wildlife we’re identifying are added to the global iNaturalist network through iNaturalist Australia and shared with the Atlas of Living Australia. And our weed ID will support critical weed management across generations of riverland stewards.
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.