Playgrounds and parks were busy on Monday, as stage three restrictions in regional Victoria allowed for the reopening of the much-loved facility for children.
Stawell's Cato Lake and playground was a hive of activity as residents enjoyed getting out and about for the day.
Six-year-old Maya, a student at Stawell West Primary School, said she was excited to be outside and playing at the park.
WANT TO READ MORE LOCAL NEWS? CLICK HERE
"I'm looking forward to going back to school and doing Maths," she said.
"I like doing all kinds of Maths. I'm excited that I can now go to the park in the school holidays."
Mother of toddler Eadie, Minnie Green said it had been tough whilst restricted at home.
"We're lucky we live on a farm and have space to move around and can't complain too much," she said.
"But it's tough on the kids. They are used to having activities and things to do in different environments. It's hard to explain to them why the park is 'broken'.
"It's so nice to see the kids interact with other kids at the park. They've been at home and some by themselves for such a long time."
While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from the Stawell Times-News. To make sure you're up-to-date with all the news from across the Northern Grampians shire, sign up here.
If you are seeing this message you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Stawell Times-News, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and allowing us to continue telling Stawell's story. We appreciate your support of journalism in our great town.