Wheels in motion: call for tradies to help with stage one of clubhouse

THE PLANS are in place for the development of a Victoria Park amenities block between No.2 and No.3 ovals with building set to begin in two months time.

The Clubhouse Working Party, consisting of the Dubbo District Cricket Association (DDCA) and the Dubbo Junior Roos, will hold a Tradies Information Night tomorrow to discuss the development’s first stage. The double-storey clubhouse will be built between No. 2 and 3 ovals. 

The ground floor plan (stage one) reveals three storage areas, four change rooms, three toilets and a canteen.

Once it is completed by July this year, planning for the upper level (stage two) will begin shortly after. The upper level is expected to house three offices, a function room, a balcony overlooking the two ovals and quite possibly a bar.

Working party publicity officer Kevin Saul said since the blueprint was revealed last week, the committee had received quite a lot of interest on social media.

“All the clubhouse plans are on our Facebook page and we’ve had 70 people check it out,” he said.

“We need the support from the Dubbo community to help us build the clubhouse in a 12-week period.”

Carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other community members are invited to attend the information evening, as the working party will rely on local contributions to have the clubhouse operational this winter.

“I know there are a number of blokes out there chatting about this so the interest is there. By mid-July, we hope to have four change-rooms, male and female toilets and referee amenities ready for the rugby season.

“We’ll work on one stage at a time and plan another meeting for the upper level after July.”

Saul said he hoped to get 30 to 40 tradesmen on board for the development. Twelve weeks worth of labour, building materials and cash donations are required.

He said Dubbo City Council (DCC) would be the driving force and acquire the services of local builder Mick Wilson to oversee the project.

Council provided an $85,000 interest-free advance to the two sporting clubs, going towards the clubhouse. Manager of sporting facilities Wes Giddings said the advance was to be repaid over a five-year period.

“Dubbo City Council is proud to support projects that ultimately benefit the community. The clubhouse will be an important addition to the facilities already available,” he said.

The funds raised thus far included $35,000 from the Department of Sport and Recreation, $60,000 from the Sports Council, $85,000 from DCC and $20,000 from community contributions, local businesses and club members.

The Tradies Information Night will be held at the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club from 5.30pm tomorrow in the Starlight function rooms. Drinks and finger food will be provided.

The Victoria Park Amenities Block and Clubhouse Working Party is a collaboration between the Dubbo and District Cricket Association and the Dubbo Junior Roos.

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