Make the Yarra swimmable



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  1. I once swallowed some Yarra River water, near Warrandyte. Next day I was covered in large pustules.
    That was forty years ago.
    God knows what’s floating in there now.
    Go for it Sam.

  2. Sam great poster !

    Did a quick look and found the focus group for the river use in CBD area

    There are 24O kms of river side from the hills/Yarra ranges to the “port Phillip” bay

    Has there been interest by #MUA (or Vic Trades Hall ?)

    The 1970s era “green ban” BLF (now CFMMEU) members defended the city baths in swanston street as a workers amenity and officers swam there regularly …. do you know more about FirstNations communities and workers organisations who want to make Birrung river side amenities like pools for cbd residents, workers and tourists ?

  3. I’d suggest the Yarra be made a habitable ecosystem for all wildlife again before any human dips so much as a toe in its waterway, even if that means doing away with all the different forms of human encroachment upon what made the river much much less than what it was pre white settlement. Big sacrifices are needed if we are to get anywhere near reining in climate change and all the other forms of environmental destruction wrought by human hands and minds.

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