As proud of it as we are, The Village Green and Pavilion is not our creation – it is the legacy of Don and Anne McQueen, a couple who spent 20 years carving out their own piece of beauty in the Australian bush. A successful businessman, Don realised his dream of building a recreation complex with a cricket ground at its heart. Named the Hume and Hovell Cricket Ground after the explorers who passed by in 1824, it opened its gates for the first time in 1994.
For 20 more years, Don and Anne tended lovingly to their creation, planting out the grounds – there are 250 roses – building seats, arbors, practice nets, developing the accommodations, and running sheep and cattle to reduce the fire risk. Everywhere you look is another detail – such as low voltage wires around the ground to deter the wombats. They’d love nothing better than to dig a big hole in the bowler’s run-up.
(If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a wombat meandering around the place around twilight. There are wombats, echidnas, kangaroos, and galahs aplenty. Great native creature spotting.)