Yarra4Life is a major environmental program based in the Yarra Valley that works to improve, increase and protect habitat for native animals including the Helmeted Honeyeater and the Leadbeater’s Possum.

Its long-term goal is to have habitat links from the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve north to the Yarra Ranges National Park, south-east to Kurth Kiln Regional Park, and west to the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Yarra4Life is supported by a range of government agencies, non-government organisations and community groups that fund and deliver coordinated small and large-scale projects and on-ground works.

Yarra4Life was originally hosted by the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA. The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA is integrating into Melbourne Water on 1 January 2022 and from this date Melbourne Water will be the host agency. 

Why this program is important 

The Yarra Valley supports a diverse range of plant and animal species and communities. It boasts a number of iconic natural asses, including the unique mountain ash forests of the Central Victorian Highlands, the Yarra River- Birrarung – and two of Victoria’s faunal emblems – the Helmeted Honeyeater and the Leadbeater’s Possum.

Yarra Valley’s unique environment is under increasing pressure from urban development, agriculture, industry, pest animal and weeds as well as the impacts from climate change. 

Yarra4Life seeks to support the area’s natural assets by building connections for people and the environment. The program provides an opportunity for land managers to plan, coordinate and deliver cross-tenure land management projects that improve habitat across the landscape.

Yarra4Life’s vision is that ‘ecosystems across the Yarra4Life landscape are protected, connected and resilient, and supported by a community that values the natural environment’.


The PPWCMA coordinates Yarra4Life on behalf of its partners, which include local government, government agencies and community groups.

  • Melbourne Water
  • Parks Victoria
  • Yarra Ranges Council
  • Yarra Ranges Landcare Network
  • Nagana Landcare Network
  • Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater
  • Trust for Nature
  • VNPA
  • Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum
  • Zoos Victoria
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Yarra Valley Water
  • Yarra River Keepers
  • Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia


Yarra4Life’s program area encompasses 82,000 hectares of the Yarra Valley extending from the foothills of the Yarra Ranges to the north, Cardinia Reservoir in the south and flanked by the Dandenong Ranges and Bunyip state Park. The area contains significant biodiversity values on private land, public reserves and within state and national parks, with the 600 hectare Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve located in the centre.

More information

To learn more, visit the Yarra4Life website.