STAWELL - Stawell is now just months away from having one of the best athletic facilities in western Victoria.
Stage one of the North Park athletic track is now complete after inclement weather put the project a month behind schedule.
Northern Grampians Shire Councillor Murray Emerson said the track and oval had been reopened for community and athletic use for the past six weeks.
He said it would then be closed at the end of January to allow the final synthetic surface and lane marking to be installed.
"For a while there it was difficult to get a consistent run of dry warm weather to lay the asphalt, but the track is looking great and we are pleased to be able to open it to the public," he said.
"We have appreciated everyone's patience throughout the first stage of the project and apologise for any inconvenience it has caused.
"Very soon, the community will have a top-notch sporting facility they can be really proud of."
Director Marketing and Community Jim Nolan said there were currently a limited number of access points to the track.
"Most of the perimeter fence will be left up until stage two works are completed," he said.
"While it's open, it is critical that the community uses the surface responsibly to ensure we get the best possible end result."
Northern Grampians Shire Council has requested North Park users adhere to the following requirements:
No vehicles are to cross or be used on the track, including motor vehicles, skateboards, roller blades/skates and scooters.
No spikes or sharp implements on the new asphalt surface.
No paints, solvents, or temporary marking agents used on the track.
No pet animal waste is deposited or left on the surface.