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CANTERBURY OLYMPIC ICE RINK SEEKS FUNDING SUPPORT TO REOPEN ICONIC SPORT FACILITY
On the advice of structural engineers, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink was forced to close without notice on Wednesday 31 August after structural roof concerns required immediate investigation.
The unplanned indefinite closure has displaced thousands of recreational and elite skaters with the cancellation of public sessions, Skate School, birthday parties, school sport, ice hockey games, short track speed skating and figure skating.
Chairman of The Ice Skating Club of NSW Co-operative (ISCNSW), Malcolm Ellis has advised that, “The Board is exploring every avenue to source the financing required for the roof repairs in an effort to reopen this iconic Sydney winter sport facility.”
“We applied on July 25 to the NSW Government’s WestInvest Program and submitted a detailed business case to upgrade the facility by the end of next year, consistent with previous engineering advice about the service life of the roof beams” Mr Ellis said.
With the support of Canterbury Bankstown Council, ISCNSW has applied for a WestInvest grant of $17.7 million to rebuild the roof and upgrade amenities.
Since closing the doors, the Rink has engaged structural engineers to assess remediation works. Reports received to date recommend replacement of the deteriorated roof structure.
As a repurposed former aircraft hangar, the Rink’s roof structure is over 80-years-old.
Last year, a structural assessment determined that the existing roof structure would not support additional solar panels unless the corroding steel beams, impacted by heavy condensation, were replaced.
ISCNSW had commenced planning in line with Canterbury Bankstown Council’s redevelopment of the Leisure and Aquatic Centre next door by engaging architects and structural engineers to prepare plans to replace the roof structure and other works.
Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink is an iconic recreational sports facility in Sydney that was opened in 1971 as a co-operative of volunteers and has remained so for its 51-year history. Its future is now dependent on a successful outcome via the WestInvest Program or alternative Government funding.
ISCNSW Director and 2014 Winter Olympian, Danielle O’Brien, said the closure of the Rink has distressed the community.
“Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink is a sporting destination in the local council area as well as the wider Sydney region and draws skaters and events from across Australia. With over 120,000 skater visits each year, our programs have provided participation, community and a sense of wellbeing. This is a massive loss for the community and the sport of ice skating.”
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We thank everyone for their patience and support during this time.
All future bookings including birthday parties, public sessions, schools and group bookings have been cancelled and notified.
Skate school and all ice sports skaters will be receiving further information in the coming days regarding unused lessons, cards and passes. Please be patient as we work through this process with everyone.
We will be communicating any updates and developments as they become available to us.