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Albany Athletics Club began in 1972 at various venues around Albany: Yakamia Primary School (250m), Albany Senior High School (300m) and Centennial Oval (400m). It was formed by the Albany Lions Club to provide a summertime activity for primary school children as well as to promote an interest in Athletics.
So the decision to develop a home 400m Running Track was greeted with enthusiasm. It was originally planned for development of the track in 1975, but due to lack of water for summer reticulation it was held up. While reticulation was some way off, the Albany Council gave approval to the Albany Athletic Group to work on the track so that it could at least be used for the first half of the season.