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Emerald Lake Precinct Strategic Plan 2020–30 endorsed

Published: 18 February 2020

At its meeting on last night, Cardinia Shire Council endorsed the Emerald Lake Precinct Strategic Plan 2020–30.

This strategic plan replaces the Emerald Lake Park Strategic Plan 2013–18 and provides the strategic direction for the precinct, which will guide activities, maintenance, promotion and improvements for Emerald Lake Park and Nobelius Heritage Park.

Council undertook a large scale, unique and in-depth community engagement process throughout 2018 and 2019. The ideas and feedback obtained from the Hills’ residents, local businesses, Friends and community groups, visitors to the Precinct and Council, informed the development of the strategic plan.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Jeff Springfield thanked the community for becoming involved in the consultation process.

“Thank you to everyone who provided their ideas and responses throughout the community consultation. Your input has directly shaped the development of the strategic plan for the Emerald Lake Precinct, which now represents a shared community vision for the future of this significant space,” Cr Springfield said.

Among the community feedback obtained, there was a clear interest in the development of the Masterplan and the Promotions and Marketing Plan for the precinct to guide future capital works and encourage tourism to the area.

Council will now continue its work to progress the development of the Masterplan.

For more information and to read the final Emerald Lake Precinct Strategic Plan 2020–30, visit Council’s website at

Emerald Lake Precinct

Emerald Lake Precinct includes Emerald Lake Park as well as Nobelius Heritage Park and Emerald Museum. These beautiful parks welcomes more than half a million people per year and are considered to be two of Cardinia Shire’s premier parks and tourist attractions. It is a popular destination for locals, day visitors and tourists from Australia and abroad.

Emerald Lake Park encompasses an area of approximately 52 hectares and features Lake Treganowan and Lake Nobelius, as well as formal gardens, arboretums, and natural bushland.

It offers around 10 kilometres of walking trails, which link to Nobelius Heritage Park, a heritage site of state cultural significance, and the Emerald township.

It also has family friendly activities including 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.