Work is well underway on the $1.9 million upgrade of sporting facilities at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve in Castlemaine.
Contractor Avard Civil began work at the site on Monday last week and wasted no time beginning excavations to pave the way for the new state-of-the-art netball complex at the facility.
The upgrade includes the construction of three new asphalt netball courts, three new flood-lit high quality Plexipave courts, two cricket nets, an improved car park, paths and ramps.
Mount Alexander Shire mayor Sharon Telford said it was fantastic to see the works underway.
The three new asphalt courts will be completed in time for the netball season in April, the new cricket nets by May and the remainder of the work is expected to be finished by mid-November.
Council and user groups will then aim to move on to stage two of the project - the construction of a new pavilion and other improvements.
The project is the realisation of sustained effort by members of the Wesley Hill Management Committee working with the Mount Alexander Shire Council.
Castlemaine District Netball Association president Ken Maddern said the CDNA was very excited to see the works begin that will benefit so many local kids and families.
"We have endured 18 years of heartache, with countless volunteers and user groups involved in planning for the upgrade of the Wesley Hill multi-purpose sports precinct during that time. It's fantastic for all those dedicated people to see the long-awaited upgrades finally get underway," he said.