ECSTATIC Cricket Albury-Wodonga chairman Michael Erdeljac believes the region has received a huge fillip after a tender was awarded to build a new indoor cricket training hub at Wodonga's Birallee Park.
Southern Cross Developers are expected to start work within two months with the $1.2 million project likely to be completed by the end of the year.
The proposal has been in the pipeline for three years.
"It's enormous for the region and just an amazing feat," Erdeljac said.
"We are supplying a pathway for future male and female cricketers instead of them having to drive to Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra.
"If you are a 13-year-old and make the North East Knights or Riverina side, it's huge.
"It's all going to be here now under one roof including the ability to host level two coaches clinics.
"It's definitely one of the biggest things to happen to cricket on the Border."
Erdeljac said it had been an incredible achievement to pull together the funds after several hurdles had arisen during the process.
"There have been challenges, but we got there," he said.
"Cricket Albury-Wodonga has received a lot of support from Cricket Victoria, Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia, Sport and Recreation Victoria as well as the Wodonga and Albury councils to fund such a great facility.
"Without their help we wouldn't have got this done."