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Athletics club wins in carve-up

Land resumptions, a necessary evil in building major road infrastructure, can be heartbreaking and divisive.

But amid the potential gloom associated with land resumptions for the $1 billion Gateway WA project, there has been an upside.

Gateway WA - the State's biggest and most expensive road project - includes a major upgrade of the Leach Highway-Abernethy Road intersection.

This meant part of Gerry Archer Reserve had to be resumed, jeopardising the future of Belmont Little Athletics Club.

A $4 million compromise was achieved after talks involving the City of Belmont.

The running track was realigned and expanded from six to eight lanes and new long jump and shot-put facilities built.

Tiered seating in the grandstand was put in, new lighting was installed and a new equipment storage shed was built.

"Despite all the disruptions along the way, I think it's been a win for us," club past president Glenn Bartlett said.

"We have ended up with a very fine arena."

A Gateway WA spokesman said undertaking and paying for the reconfiguration of the reserve was "an opportunity to leave a legacy for the local community".

The West Australian

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