RACEGOERS at this year's Kerang Cup meet will notice a new look at one of Alexandra Park's most prominent spots.
Efforts to pour concrete at the Kerang Turf Club's betting ring site – which acts as a thoroughfare between the lawn adjacent to the winning post and the mounting yard – are close to completion.
Work crews have spent the past three weeks developing the exposed stone paving that will cover the main undercover area, with the project on track to be completed by April.
"We've had a couple of issues with the area. The grass is not growing on the site, and moisture builds up, especially after watering the course," turf club president, Scott Strachan said.
Funding for the majority of the $20,000 project came from Country Racing Victoria, which complements efforts in the past few years to beautify one of Kerang's major function venues.
"We hire out the rooms during the year and people like to stand under the shelter where the betting ring is," Strachan said.
"This will now mean that people could hold wedding ceremonies on the site, or tables and chairs can be placed there when other events are occurring."
Meanwhile, the turf club is seeking more volunteers and committee members to help assist with the running of its two major annual events – the Kerang Cup meet on April 15 and the Boxing Day event on December 26.
Anyone who would like to assist can contact Scott Strachan on 0418 346 791.