Free, booking required


Sun 27 Mar
10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Community Hub at the Dock
912 Collins Street, Docklands VIC, Australia


Wheelchair Access

two people in orange life jackets paddle a kayak made out of plastic bottles on a river
Yarra Plastic Paddle. Image courtesy of Yarra Riverkeeper Association

Open Nature: Yarra Plastic Paddle Past Event

Presented by Open House Melbourne

Presented by Yarra Riverkeeper Association, Open House Melbourne

A family friendly show and tell featuring the Yarra Plastic Paddle – a kayak made entirely from discarded water bottles. Participants are encouraged to bring along used water bottles to contribute to the next model, and get tips on design techniques to create their own structures. For inspiration, a short film will recount the maiden voyage of the first Yarra Plastic Paddle.


Karin Traeger

Originally from Chile, Karin is a passionate environmental activist and CEO for Yarra Riverkeeper Association. From working with sloths as a wildlife veterinarian to surveying coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef, Karin has extensive experience supporting community initiatives for environmental protection.

Julian O'Shea

Julian is a social entrepreneur, humanitarian engineer, and advocate for innovation in higher education. He is the Founder of Unbound – an educational startup that works with Australian universities to develop innovative educational experiences, often with a global perspective.

Anthony Despotellis

A self-described curious explorer, Anthony (Litter Officer) regularly patrols the Yarra alongside the Riverkeeper, monitoring litter hot spots and the iconic Bandalong Litter Traps, removing Microplastics from his own innovative removal design.

Derek Cook

With 30 years of education focused on canoeing and outdoor adventures, Derek believes in trust and expectation to create environments and cultures that place people in the pilot’s chair. Throughout Derek’s career, he has drawn on Educational UN’s theory, driving him to provide unique water-based experiences.