Rowing in Rubbish – Melbourne Rowing Clubs

The Yarra River

The Yarra River, also known as the upside river due to its muddy dirt colour, has its fair share of rubbish-related problems. Parks Victoria & Melbourne Water have a big job to try keep it clean, and more importantly, educate the public to make a difference by putting rubbish in the bin. The Yarra River is also used my Melbourne Rowing clubs… So, it would be logical to think that those who use the river – Melbourne Rowing Clubs – would be at the forefront of

  1. Wanting the public to help keep the river clean
  2. Lead by example and ensure they do the same

The Shock

Late on Friday night (around 11pm), I passed the boat sheds, and the amount of rubbish on the shore right out the front of the sheds was absurd. I understand there are a number of areas that have rubbish, and rubbish will wash-up, but this was clearly the laziness of the rowers. They were all sports and water bottles, and other areas of the Yarra didn’t have this kind of mess. There were also old jumpers and general rubbish that all looked to belong to rowing types. Why leave it in such a mess? Even if it’s not their rubbish, they should be ensuring the area is clean.

As Rowers use and rely on the river, I would hope and assume they would be at the forefront of ensuring they lead by example when it comes to looking after it and conservation. What I observed doesn’t do anything to help my perception they don’t really give a fuck about the river or environment, unless it’s a PR mission. Pity.

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