City of Yarra and Positive Charge

Positive Charge is happy to welcome the Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) as a partner in 2014.

Positive Charge will assist YEF in providing up-to-date and impartial energy efficiency and renewable energy advice and one-to-one support for the householders, businesses, schools and council staff. So, if you are a City of Yarra resident or staff member and you need help managing your energy usage at home then please sign up to our monthly e-news.

About the City of Yarra &
Yarra Energy Foundation

The City of Yarra is an inner metropolitan municipality which is home to a diverse community of about 80,600 people.

Yarra's 19.5 square kilometres include the suburbs of Abbotsford, Burnley, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, Fitzroy, North Carlton, North Fitzroy, Princes Hill and Richmond. Parts of Alphington and Fairfield - south of Heidelberg Road - are also included in Yarra.

The City of Yarra was created in June 1994 following the Victorian Government's restructure of local government.

The new municipality merged the former councils of Collingwood, Richmond, Fitzroy (including North Carlton), and Northcote (Alphington and Fairfield, south of Heidelberg Road only.)

The Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin Nation are the Traditional Owners of the land that is now known as the City of Yarra and Council recognises them as the custodians of the cultural heritage of this land. Yarra, particularly Fitzroy and Collingwood, continues to be an important meeting place for Aboriginal people in Victoria. Read more about the Aboriginal History of Yarra.

Yarra's suburbs have a rich and varied history which is reflected in the city's built form, natural environment and diverse community composition. In the early years, Yarra was more industrial and was home to many iconic Australian brands such as Fosters Brewery, Heinz and the Rosella Jam and Sauce factory. Over the years the industrial focus has shifted to a more residential and retail mix as the population and demand for inner city living has increased. As a result, many of the former factories have now been converted into highly sought after warehouse and studio apartments.

Today, Yarra boasts more than 230 hectares of open space. It is renowned for large historical gardens particularly Edinburgh Gardens in North Fitzroy and Darling Gardens in Clifton Hill. The Merri Creek and Yarra River, which form two of Yarra's boundaries, have adjoining linear open space reserves which are highly valued by residents of Yarra and wider metropolitan Melbourne for their recreational and nature conservation values.

Fast Facts about Yarra

  • Situated five kilometres from the heart of Melbourne
  • At 19.5 square kilometres, Yarra is one of Australia's smallest inner city municipalities
  • The estimated residential population was 83,593  (as of June 2013)
  • More than 33,500 households call Yarra home
  • 66,792 people work in Yarra
  • About 29% of Yarra's population was born overseas
  • Nearly one-in-two Yarra residents (46 percent)  journey to work on sustainable transport: public transport, cycling or walking

Yarra links

What is Yarra Energy Foundation?

What’s on in Yarra


Waste and Recycling