Have your say: Draft Emerald Lake Precinct Strategic Plan 2020–2025

Published: 9 October 2019

Cardinia Shire Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on the draft Emerald Lake Precinct Strategic Plan 2020–2025.

The draft Strategic Plan includes an overview of the strategic direction for the precinct, which will guide activities, maintenance, promotion and improvements for Emerald Lake Park and Nobelius Heritage Park.

The draft Strategic Plan was developed with assistance from the community, who shared their aspirations for the precinct and the ways in which it could be improved for the future.

Community members now have an opportunity to provide feedback on what they like about the draft plan, or what they would like to see added or changed.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Graeme Moore encouraged all visitors, surrounding residents, local businesses and community groups to provide feedback on the draft document, which will help shape the precinct’s future.

“Input from our community and stakeholders back in 2018 was crucial to the development of the strategic document, which represents a shared community vision for the future of this vital space.

“Now, we want everyone to review it and share their feedback, which will play an integral part in ensuring a vibrant precinct now and into the future,” Cr Moore said.

The draft Strategic Plan will be available for viewing and community feedback online at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay until 5pm, Sunday 10 November 2019.

Hardcopies of the Draft Strategic Plan are also available for viewing at the Emerald Museum, the Emerald Library and the Cardinia Shire Council Civic Centre in Officer.

Additionally, participants who contributed to the original consultation and who nominated to receive further updates will receive an email with a link to the online survey and the draft strategic plan.

Emerald Lake Precinct

Emerald Lake Precinct welcomes more than half a million people per year and is one of our premier parks and tourist attractions. It is a popular destination for locals, day visitors and tourists from Australia and abroad.

The precinct encompasses an area of roughly 52 hectares and features Lake Treganowan and Lake Nobelius, as well as gardens and natural bushland.

It has around 10 kilometres of walking trails, paddleboats, fishing, picnic tables and barbecues, a wading pool open during summer, two playgrounds, a model railway, amphitheatres and shelters that can be booked by the community.

It is also one of the key destination points for the Puffing Billy Railway.

Nobelius Heritage Park is a heritage site of state cultural significance, covering an area of four and a half hectares.

It was once the largest nursery in southern hemisphere, started in 1886 by Swedish immigrant Carl Axel Nobelius and still has specimens once stocked by the nursery.

The Emerald Museum is based on the site of Nobelius Heritage Park and tells the story of the environmental, social and economic history of post-settlement in the Emerald region.

For more information about the Emerald Lake Precinct, visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/elp