Millbrook Cricket Club president Fraser Skinner stands in
front of the the club's pavilion and public toilets, which
are under construction. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Within the next month Arrowtown cricketers, both young
and old, will have a place to call their own on Millbrook
Corner with the construction of the Millbrook Cricket Club's
pavilion and toilets.
Club president Fraser Skinner said volunteers had spent three
weekends working on the 50sq m building.
The pavilion will boast changing rooms, toilets, and a
''place to store all the trophies'' after the Queenstown
Lakes District Council approved the project in March.
The ground was developed for cricket about 18 years ago and
while the initial proposal put to the council last February
was for toilets to be built on the ground, Mr Skinner said
there would be greater benefits in constructing a bigger
building to cater for senior and junior cricketers and any
other community groups who wanted to use it.
The building was designed by Matt White and construction
began three weeks ago, helped by input from a small army of
volunteers, some with no affiliation to the club.
A group of builders turned out again on Saturday to construct
the deck and line the building, which could be completed by
the end of February.
Mr Skinner said the club had also been helped by Placemakers,
which offered ''competitive'' rates for building supplies.
''It's been one of those great, feel-good projects.''
Landscaping design was done by Paddy Baxter, who would also
be incorporating nets into the ground design in an effort to
''turn the Millbrook Cricket Club around''.
''One of our focuses is to encourage growth of cricket in the
The total budgeted cost of the project, reported to the
council in May, was $103,900 plus GST, with the council's
contribution totalling $85,000, including $35,000 for design,
consents, services and fittings and up to $50,000 in
Mr Skinner said the club was also being supported by the
Peter Wilding Trust.