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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Construction of East Burwood track delayed

Construction of East Burwood track delayed

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1 Construction of East Burwood track delayed on Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:49 pm

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http://www.melbourneweeklyeastern.com.au/news/local/news/general/work-on-east-burwood-athletics-track-running-well-behind/2640480.aspx

Work on East Burwood athletics track running well behind

BY KRISTIAN SILVA
Melbourne Weekly
31 Jul, 2012


ATHLETICS officials are urging competitors and parents to stick by their local clubs, with track renovations at East Burwood’s Bill Sewart Athletics Track months behind schedule.

The $2.3 million track renovations began in October 2011 and were scheduled to finish in June. However, contractors worked just six days from April to mid-May because of wet weather. They also lost 33 working days before Christmas due to the poor conditions. The delays mean the polyurethane running track won’t be laid until October at the earliest.

After spending the 2011–12 season training and competing around Melbourne’s east, the track’s regular tenants will have to find new homes for at least half of the upcoming season, which begins in October.

Track association secretary Dorothy Maxwell said she was worried athletes from Athletics Nunawading, Little Athletics Nunawading and the East Burwood Masters would join other clubs while based away from East Burwood. She reminded members ‘‘the renovations are short-term pain for a long-term gain’’.

Ms Maxwell said she hoped the clubs could return to the track by Christmas. She said the new facilities – including new high jump mats, hammer throw nets as well as $80,000 of new equipment – would make the track ‘‘state-of-the-art’’.

Whitehors e council’s human services general manager Terry Wilkinson said three weeks of warm weather was needed to complete the final track layer. “Council does not want to comprise the quality and longevity of the track surface by undertaking these works in unsuitable weather conditions,” she said.

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Gee, what a terrible problem......athletes might have to use one of the other plethora of synthetic tracks in Melbourne, while the East Burwood track is being renovated.

If South Aussie athletes had such a dilemma while our one and only track was being renovated.

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