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Keilor LAC gets a new synthetic track (Update)

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I've been alerted to a new track in Keilor (Victoria) and can't help thinking what a backward state SA is when it comes to athletics.

Here is a local suburban athletics club in Melbourne getting a brand new synthetic track bringing to 18, the number of synthetic tracks in Victoria whilst SA currently has only one which none of us can use until March because it's being resurfaced.

Great for Keilor but patently highlights the farcical situation in SA.

The sport's participation rate is decreasing in SA because we simply don't have the tracks to attract people to the sport. It's about time the SA state & local governments developed a "Build it and they will come" attitude.

We need in SA, a city council with the foresight of a Brimbank or as Williamstown or Epping have had in recent years or as Essendon offered back in the 1970's - create a track and encourage people to keep fit & healthy.


Keilor little aths centre on right track
Brimbank Weekly
28 Sep, 2010

KEILOR Little Athletics Centre's athletes will be winners even before they step onto the track this Saturday.
October 2 marks the first official track meet of the summer season - the last for the centre's turf track. President Sam Barbuto said progress had overthrown sentiment when it came to replacing the grass.

The 500-member club has been operating at the Keilor East site since the early 1980s and Barbuto believes membership numbers will rise after the installation of a long-awaited synthetic track.

"I would certainly suggest we've lost members because they've moved to neighbouring clubs with synthetic tracks," Barbuto said.

He said the committee had lobbied for more than 20 years to replace the turf. "The grass track has been difficult in terms of maintenance and upkeep. The track's lanes were painted every three or four weeks during the summer season; it took around six hours to do and cost at least $1000 in paint."

Barbuto said the climate had not made it practical either. "We'd rather see water go towards a sport that needs to be played on grass, like a football oval."

Brimbank Council allocated $1.5million towards the track upgrade in this year's budget.

Barbuto said the synthetic track would be suitable to host state and national-level competitions.

"We want to get our athletes and children on a level-playing field," he said. Work on the new track will begin in December.

Last edited by youngy on Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:36 am; edited 1 time in total

"Let's Go While We're Young"


Keilor will be the 24th synthetic athletic track in Melbourne.
there's another in the pipeline for Lilydale..

VICTORIAN TRACK LISTING Last updated: 24 September 2010

1 ABERFELDIE (Moonee Valley) Corio Street, Moonee Ponds 28/C6 Moonee Valley City Council Sports & Facilities Officer 03 9243 8888 03 9377 2100
2 BOX HILL (Hagenauers) Barwon Street, Box Hill 47/C7 City of Whitehorse Tony Marsh 0422 821 502 N/A
3 COBURG (Harold Stevens) Outlook Road, Coburg North 18/A10 City or Moreland Gordon Proudfoot 03 9465 0898 N/A
4 COLLINGWOOD (Knotts Reserve) Heidelberg Road, Clifton Hill 30/G12 City of Yarra Judy Mason 03 9401 5504 N/A
5 CORIO (Goldsworthy Reserve) 50 Goldsworthy Road, Corio Geelong 431/K9 City of Greater Geelong Recreation Liason Officer 03 5227 0287 03 5227 0870
6 CROYDON (Town Park) Norton Road, Croydon 50/K4 Maroondah City Council Susan Ryan 03 9298 4375 N/A
7 DIAMOND VALLEY (Willinda Park) Beatrix Street, Greensborough 21/A4 Banyule City Council Sports & Community Officer 03 9490 4222 N/A
8 DONCASTER (Riescheicks) Cnr Victoria & George Streets, Doncaster 33/J11 Manningham City Council Facilities Booking Officer 03 9840 9333 03 9848 3110
9 FRANKSTON (Ballam Park) Belar Avenue, Frankston 103/B4 Frankston City Council Geff Baird 03 9776 6068 N/A
10 GLENHUNTLY (Duncan Mackinnon) Cnr Crosbie & North Roads, Murrumbeena 69/A9 City of Glen Eira Facilities Booking Officer 03 9524 3253 03 9523 0339
11 KNOX Bunjil Way, Knoxfield 73/D7 Knox City Council Philip Bateman 0419 553 750 N/A
12 MEADOWGLEN McDonalds Road, Epping 182/J10 City of Whittlesea Phil Wadeson 03 9401 2771 N/A
13 MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY 12 Royal Parade, Parkville 2B/D4 Melbourne City Council Venue Coordinator 03 8344 8575 N/A
14 MENTONE (Dolomore Reserve) Second Street, Mentone 87/B7 City of Kingston Facilities Booking Officer 1300 653 356 03 9581 4500
15 NUNAWADING (Bill Sewart) Cnr Burwood Highway & Newhaven Road, Burwood 62/C8 Whitehorse City Council Les Burgess 0418 937 705 N/A
16 OLYMPIC PARK Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne 2G/C9 Melbourne City Council Sam Buckley 03 9286 1600 03 9650 3256
17 RINGWOOD (A.C. Robertson) 115 Sylvia Grove, Ringwood 49/F12 Maroondah City Council John Walker 03 9870 3505 03 9298 4345
18 SANDRINGHAM Cnr Fewster Road & Glamis Avenue, Hampton 76/K6 Bayside City Council John Isaac 03 9598 2813 03 9533 1131
19 WILLIAMSTOWN (Newport Park) North Road, Newport 56/B4 Hobsons Bay City Council Facilities Booking Officer 03 9932 1000 03 9932 1039
20 BALLARAT (Llanberris Reserve) Cnr Young & York Streets, Ballarat 257/O14 Ballarat City Council Bill McLennan 03 5332 7997 03 5320 5832
21 BENDIGO Retreat Road, Bendigo Greater Bendigo City Council Facilities Booking Officer 03 5433 3211 03 5434 6460
22 GEELONG (Landy Field) Cnr Barwon Terrece & Swanston Streets, South Geelong City of Greater Geelong Stuart Robley 03 5229 4914 N/A
23 NEWBOROUGH Old Sale Road, Newborough Latrobe City Council Angie Roberston 03 5135 8330 03 5135 8336


on Lilydale LAC website -

21 October 2010
Synthetic Track Update

We have just received some very good news regarding the new Synthetic Track for our Centre. The State Government has agreed to provide additional funding of $0.4M, bringing the total amount now available for construction of the track to $2.1M. This excellent result would not have been possible without the tireless work of our Centre Coach Brendan Dixon, and all members who contributed emails and letters of support - thank you all.

Construction of the track and associated facilities is expected to begin around October 2011. We will keep you updated with any new developments as they come to hand.


There's also a track in Greater Dandenong:

Ross Reserve Memorial Drv
Noble Park VIC 3174
(03) 9548 5400

Nick Fiedler

When Keilor and Lilydale are finished that will make 26 tracks in Victoria. Of those 26, 21 will be Metro Melbourne tracks.

Nick Fiedler

Sorry, with Werribee that will be 27, with 22 Metro.



On track for $1.17m track in Keilor Park
by Andre Awadalla
Brimbank Leader
24 Nov 10

KEILOR Park Recreation Reserve is one step closer to having an international-standard synthetic athletic track.

Brimbank Council last week awarded the $1.17 million track contract to builders WM Loud (Aust) Pty Ltd.

Council community wellbeing general manager Kelly Grigsby said the track - for which the council received $379,500 in state funding - would be used by hundreds of local children.

Keilor Park would also become a “focal point” for athletics in the region because the venue would meet international standards.

Keilor Little Athletics president Sam Barbuto said it was a “really exciting time” for the club and the community.

“The council has been working really closely with us,” he said.

Mr Barbuto said the new track meant that the club would no longer have to hire out other neighbouring synthetic tracks for training.

He said he was “very confident” the club would now be able to host regional if not state events at a senior and junior level.

The new facilities would also see a senior athletics club, Keilor St Bernard’s Athletics Club, partner Keilor Little Athletics.

“We were looking for a senior partner so we could transition our children into senior athletics,” Mr Barbuto said.

He said schools and other clubs would also be able to use the track. December 10 will be the last day his club runs on the park until next September, when the new track is finished.



Centre sets new mark

The Star News Group
7th February 2012

Jacqueline Nicolaou crosses the line in the under-14
girls 200m race. 76683 Picture: KRISTIAN SCOTT

After 13 months without a home, Keilor Little Athletics participants returned as the Keilor Park Athletics Track opened on Saturday.

The refurbished track is now one of the premier athletics tracks in the north-west, after the grass surface was replaced with an all-weather track.

Keilor Little Athletics Club president Sam Barbuto said after several delays due to unseasonably wet weather (the track was scheduled to be completed last September), local atheltes now have a facility that meets International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards.

Keilor St Bernard’s Athletics Club will also call the Stadium Drive facility home base, after being centred at St Bernard’s College during the construction of the new facility.

“For them it’s almost been a bit of a homecoming, and it’s been the club that we’ve always fed our juniors to,” Barbuto said.

The senior athletics club was actually involved in forming the little athletics club 43 years ago.

Barbuto said the track is likely to host a number of events throughout the year.

“A number of schools in the Brimbank municipality are looking to host athletics here. In the past they’ve had to go to places like Aberfeldie or Whittlesea or Werribee or Williamstown. They now have a world-class facility in their own community.”

The facility will also host the northern metro region relays next season, which is the first time it has been able to hold the event now that it has an all-weather track.

The Keilor Little Athletics children have been competing at Moonee Valley Athletics Track while the Keilor track was being upgraded.

We were really fortunate that the Moonee Valley City Council, the Essendon Little Athletics centre, and the Essendon Athletics seniors were very accommodating in terms of making the track available to us over that period or else it would have been really difficult for us to have kept the club going through that period, especially with the member base that we have,” Barbuto said.

“Because it was as big as it was, and the disruption that we had, we continued to work through any issues that we had, and the Brimbank Council’s been really supportive.”

"Let's Go While We're Young"


ProTrack A Grader
ProTrack A Grader
Scratch Olympic Park (thanks Eddie) and add Lakeside (old Sth Melbourne Football Club) and don't forget the one built last season at Casey Fields down near Cranbourne.



Little Aths running into home straight

by Caitlin Ryan
Brimbank Leader
11 Sep 2012

THE Keilor Little Athletics club is ready to return home.

After 20 years of planning, the club's new all-weather synthetic track at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve was finished in February, but due to several delays during the construction period the club had to relocate for the past two seasons.

"This year marks a return to our home base for the first time in three years," president Sam Barbuto said.

"We are extremely excited by the prospect of starting the new season at the Keilor Park track."

The new season begins with two "come and try" days on September 22 and 29 from 9am.

A registration day will be held on September 19 from 6.30-8.30pm at the clubrooms on Stadium Drive.

The $1.5 million synthetic surface replaced the old 400m grass track and was built with joint funding from Brimbank Council and the State Government.

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