New lake lighting to improve safety

Published on 03 September 2019

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New lighting installed at Lillydale Lake will make it easier for night time visitors to get around and stay visible, thanks to a Yarra Ranges Council project.

More than 30 new lights have been installed around the lake’s car park and circuit near the playground, with existing lights to be relocated in coming months to provide better coverage for people visiting the lake in the evenings.

Billanook Ward Councillor Tim Heenan said the new lighting would help to provide a safer experience for visitors, while reducing Council’s energy use.

“We know that Lillydale Lake is one of our most popular places for people to visit, and we have many people who use the lake’s track for exercise, dog walking or relaxation during the day and evenings” Cr Heenan said.

“But during our colder months and after sunset, it used to be a bit difficult to navigate some areas of the lake due to the lighting.

“These new lights will help visitors to navigate the lake a bit better at night and have better visibility. We’ve also upgraded every light head to LED lighting, which will save us a considerable amount in power use while providing a better light source for visitors.”

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Billanook Ward Councillor, Tim Heenan, with one of the new lights.

Cr Heenan said the new lighting project complements the recently-completed lighting installation at the off-lead dog park at the lake, which was funded through the State Government’s Pick My Project program.

The Light Up Lilydale Dog Park project has resulted in 10 solar powered lights being installed at the dog park, illuminating the area for visitors and groups.

“This community-based project, which we’ve supported at Council, has delivered a fantastic result at the lake,” Cr Heenan said.

“The dog park is a very well-used and well-loved part of the lake and this lighting will mean that people can come to exercise their dog, teach them new skills or take part in group activities anytime.

“Now these two projects have been completed, visitors can arrive at the main car park and make their way to the dog park part of the lake safely and with good lighting. 

“I hope that people in the community will make the most of this new lighting and use it as an excuse to get out, meet a friend and exercise in the evening.”

“If you’re going for a run in the evening it’s important to carry your own torch or headlamp, carry a phone with you and exercise in groups if possible.”

Council will work with Melbourne Water to install additional lighting along the lake’s wall in the near future.

 

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