STAWELL - Work on the new running track at Stawell's North Park is progressing to schedule.
Northern Grampians Shire Council is replacing the surface of the track after it was extensively damaged by flood in December 2011.
Cr Murray Emerson said council is aiming to have the track open for athletics, schools and community use from the second week of October this year.
Cr Emerson said the track would then be closed again throughout January 2014 to allow the synthetic surface to be laid and line marked.
"The weather delayed the start of the project by a couple of weeks, however it has been very kind since," he said.
"We are on target to have the track open in mid-October so it can be used by the community.
"We will then close it during January to complete the remaining work."
Contractor WM Loud has been using Stawell company Warren Earthworks for the majority of form work to date.
Cr Emerson said the new track would have a different layout to ensure it is resilient to future flood damage.
"Work to date has been on installing new concrete track edging to allow for the raised track, relocating the irrigation system, modifying the drainage, and reforming the long jump and high jump areas," he said.