Cardinia Shire Council will reopen Emerald Lake Park, effective Wednesday 13 May, in line with the Victorian Government’s announcement to gradually ease restrictions from 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May.
Mount Cannibal will also be reopened as a one-way only track only with new directional signage from Saturday 16 May. Visitors must maintain physical distance of 1.5 metres and stay on the tracks at all times, and groups of no more than 10 people or less are permitted. Visitors are reminded that dogs are never allowed within the Mount Cannibal Flora and Fauna Reserve.
Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Jeff Springfield said Council was pleased to be able to reopen this highly valued open space to the community.
“Emerald Lake Park is a much-loved destination that is popular with locals and visitors alike,” Cr Springfield said.
“We understand that open space areas such as Emerald Lake Park are very important to our community. We know that people have missed being able to visit the park and are no doubt looking forward to being able to return to enjoy a leisurely walk, a brisk run, a bike ride or just to take in its natural beauty.”
Council is installing signage throughout Emerald Lake Park to remind visitors of physical distancing and gathering guidelines.
Bookings for outdoor weddings, funerals and gatherings that meet state government guidelines have also reopened across all of council’s parks and reserves.
Emerald Lake Park and Mt Cannibal were temporarily closed to visitors on 3 April in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the Victorian Government’s physical distancing restrictions.
Cr Springfield thanked community members for their cooperation in adhering to the restrictions that have been in place during the pandemic.
“Our community has been doing a fantastic job throughout these challenging times,” he said.
“I’m proud of the great work people are doing in following the physical distancing guidelines, and I thank you for your continued efforts.
“While it’s a positive step forward that we are able to reopen Emerald Lake Park to the community, I encourage everyone to continue doing the right thing by following the gathering and physical distancing rules while out and about to help protect yourself and others.
“Please continue to stay safe, take care, and look after yourselves and others.”
Cr Springfield said Council would continue to work closely with government health agencies and follow their direction regarding COVID-19.
“Council is closely following government directions and recommendations to safely deliver our programs and services, and we remain committed to delivering as many programs and services to our community as we can, where it’s safe and we are permitted to do so.”
The community is also reminded that:
- Emerald Lake Park’s playground, BBQs, or outdoor gym equipment remain closed.
- The Paddle boats and the model railway will not be operating until further notice.
- The park’s Emerald Lake Park cafe is closed until further notice.
- Nobelius Heritage Park remains open.
- Emerald Museum is closed until further notice.