Our programs

Planting Program


Our planting program is anchored in the ‘3 Rs’ of bush rehabilitation: retention, regeneration and revegetation.

Extreme ecological degradation in this part of the Yarra corridor means we are prioritising revegetation. The terrain’s resilience means we are able to combine this with retaining and supporting existing vegetation and encourage regeneration, while gradually restoring land.

Abbotsford Riverbankers plant list 050619.pdf

Weed Management

The Yarra corridor in Abbotsford has been colonised by highly invasive weeds after 150 years of land clearance, degradation and neglect. They’ve thwarted natural regeneration and ad-hoc replanting efforts. If the river corridor is to rehabilitate successfully, we must eradicate noxious species and control others with coordinated, long-term management We’re tackling this through weeding and monitoring progress on a rotating basis across selected areas. This is the foundation for long-term weed management.

Strategic planning and management


We're committed to fostering intergenerational stewardship of our riverlands. This will ensure a cycle of continuous care that doesn’t regress into neglect. We’re doing this with innovative approaches based on best-environmental best practice. To achieve this, we are serious about strong governance, management and communications, with continuous improvement for the organisation.

'Rubbish tip to Riparian Corridor' Abbotsford Riverbankers Strategic Plan

Our strategy is anchored in our mission to help transform the degraded Yarra riverlands in Abbotsford into a healthy, resilient and biodiverse part of the river corridor for the benefit of Nature and the community alike.

2021-22 Calendar of activities

If you're a Riverbankers team member, click on the calendar link below to check what you'll be doing, so you can prepare, or let us know if you'd like to be part of one of our projects. *Note: this is a living document. Check regularly for updates.

2021-22 Calendar

Our calendar gives you a snapshot on our activities across the year. Plus it shows you how we map our strategic goals to our yearly activities.
The program is adjusted regularly to accommodate factors such as flash flooding, pandemic, drought, structural work on the Main City Trail and fluctuations in team numbers.

Mark and Map: Citizen Science

We’re blessed with citizen scientists around us, exploring and sharing pics of our local habitat. We’re harnessing this to help us identify plants, animals and fungi along the Yarra in Abbotsford and map it to the Atlas of Living Atlas. This information helps us better manage our rehabilitation activities. We’re using the latest Citizen Science evaluation rubrics to do this effectively. It’s about a whole community of Riverbankers connecting deeper with the Yarra, helping protect our river corridor.

Citizen Science Evaluation Rubric (PDF, 24MB)

Become an Abbotsford Riverbanker member

Help transform the Yarra River in Abbotsford into a thriving river corridor