Options for a legislative scheme
On 20 February 2016, Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) and the Yarra Riverkeeper Association (YRKA) convened a workshop for community groups and environmental organisations as part of a joint project on community participation in design of a Yarra River Protection Act. This initial workshop was aimed at considering the range and nature of issues relevant to a community vision for the Act and its institutional arrangements. A range of interesting ideas and proposals emerged from that workshop. This paper seeks to build on that exercise and progress toward more detailed proposals and options for legislation.
This paper looks as a range of possibilities for the basic design of the Act, as well as looking at some other important tools that could be established under the Act such as management plans, financing arrangements, and incorporation of indigenous values.