A greenfields site, known as Millbrook corner, for which a
pavilion and public toilet have been approved in principle
by the Queenstown Lakes District Council's community
services committee. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
A proposed new building, to include much-needed public
toilets at Millbrook corner, took another step forward
yesterday, after the building and associated amenities were
approved in principle by the Queenstown Lakes District Council
Community Services committee.
The council entered into a stakeholders deed with the
Millbrook Country Club in 2007 and included agreement
Millbrook would offer land on the corner of Malaghans Rd and
Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd for a community sports field.
Since then, the field had primarily been used by cricketers.
Parks manager Gordon Bailey said in his report to the
committee it had initially been envisaged to build a ''simple
toilet building'' identical to that built at the Gibbston
reserve, to provide public toilets and a small storage space
''However, Millbrook felt that a design such as that would
not fit the Millbrook character and would look too small and
out of place on the reserve.''
Mr Bailey said following discussions with Millbrook and the
Millbrook Cricket Club it was decided a slightly larger
building, incorporating toilets and changing rooms and some
storage space, was required to cater for the needs of the
''It would also provide some future-proofing in the way of
growth for the cricket and possibly other sports that might
use the ground in the future.''
Millbrook Cricket Club patron Don Spary said yesterday across
the Wakatipu Basin, cricket had ''come alive'' and the
Millbrook corner ground was a ''community asset''.
''It's multi-use and in the future there will be more and
more and more need for that space,'' Mr Spary said.
''The nearest public loo is Butler's Green - unless they come
and knock on my door.
''[By approving the building] you are raising the standards
to acceptable levels for the future.''
The report said the budget for the project was $103,900.
However, it was unlikely that money would cover the entire
cost of the project.
''The cricket club has advised that it would be willing to
assist with funding or undertake some of the works which
would reduce the direct cost to [the] council.
''Until such time as the consent is granted and contract
prices are obtained, determining exactly what can be
undertaken by the club is unknown.''
However, committee chairwoman Cath Gilmour was concerned by
giving the green light to the facilities, it might lead to
exclusion of other sports or community groups who had a need
for use of the building, but had not made their needs known
to the council.
She suggested waiting until the council's Arrowtown reserves
management plan was completed before confirming plans for the
''This is a small part of a much bigger picture ... this is
cherry-picking off one small solution that should actually be
seen as part of the bigger picture ... would it make sense to
wait a little longer?''I have concerns.
''I like the idea ... but we might find through the
management plan there's a beginner kite flying club ... who
needs a bit more storage space.
''If we go ahead now, without having done the basic due
diligence, we risk having a lesser facility [than is
''We just need to give it a few more months and do some
After some debate, the committee agreed on an amended
recommendation - which included the approval in principle of
the pavilion-toilet concept plan, to install the necessary
services to the proposed toilet and to consult the Arrowtown
Village Association, Arrowtown Sports User Group, Arrowtown
Promotion and Business Association and others to determine
whether there were other partners in the project before the
item next came to the committee, in six weeks' time.