Werribee River Association (WRIVA)

The Werribee River Association (WRIVA) is a 'friends of' group which has interests in the natural environment and human health. WRIVA began its life in Werribee Township in 1981, with a view to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Werribee River. WRIVA understood that the whole of the river was important, and has acted strategically and practically in an effort to gain support for the whole of the Werribee catchment. Based in Werribee, WRIVA works locally with Wyndham City Council, Melbourne Water, and Parks Victoria, and also engages itself in whole of catchment and wider initiatives.

WRIVA has taken the lead in:

  • Environmental flows for the Werribee River
  • Bringing Waterwatch to the catchment in the 1990s
  • Integrated catchment management
  • initiating activities with Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority in the Werribee catchment from the late 1990s
  • Raising community awareness of the platypus in the Werribee since the late 1990s
  • Melbourne Water becoming the waterway managers for the region from 2004
  • Waterwatch extending its role and personnel in the catchment from 2005

WRIVA has won awards for its work:

  • Wyndham Quality Community Plan Platypus Environment Award 1999
  • Wyndham Environment Award 2007

WRIVA’s committee meets at 7.30pm every third Thursday of the month except January, unless notified otherwise. Meeting place is in the Eco-Living Centre at 28 Ridge Dr Wyndhamvale VIC.

WRIVA’s activities take place monthly, and generally centre around:

  • Maintenance – Autumn - March to May
  • Revegetation – Winter -  June to August
  • Discovery – Spring - September to November
  • Exploration – Summer - December to February
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