The Flora Hill athletics track will be upgraded. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

AN UPGRADE to the Flora Hill athletics track will allow the facility to function to its full potential, according to Athletics Bendigo general manager Craig Green.
MP Jacinta Allan and several councillors were on the track on Saturday to announce the track will receive lights as part of a revamp that started this week.
Council had previously committed to a full resurfacing of the main athletics track, and will fund $179,600 on top of the previously committed money to light the track.
The state government has chipped in $100,000, and Athletics Bendigo will put $35,000 into the
project.
Upgrade work on the track began on Wednesday, with this weekend’s Little Athletics meet to be held at Tom Flood Sports Centre.
The lights will be a big boost both for competition and training at the facility, allowing competitors to get out of the heat of the day.
“This is something that will provide the facility to be used to its full potential 12 months of the year,” Mr Green said.
“It also provides the ability to bring more major events here. In recent times we have seen state events like the little athletics multi championships virtually ruined by 38-plus degree weather in the hot summer.
“Having lights provides the flexibility to hold events like this as well as Bendigo Little Athletics and Bendigo Region Athletics competitions and training away from the hottest
parts of the day.”
The lights may also open up opportunities for the La Trobe University Bendigo Athletics Complex, with personal trainers and fitness group potentially able to use the facility in the early hours of the morning or in the late evening.
Athletics Bendigo’s board is also weighing up future work to be undertaken at the facility as it aims to position the track as the best athletics and fitness location outside of major city-based facilities.

– Joel Peterson