An official proposal for the new ice sport and skating facility in Tuggeranong will be submitted to the ACT Government before the end of the year.
South Australian-based Cruachan Investments will submit its official proposal in partnership with national construction and investment group Pelligra for the facility which will feature a twin Olympic-sized rink and skate centre and capacity for 2000 spectators.
The Tuggeranong site at Rowland Rees Crescent in Greenway is one of four ice rink projects the group has in the works across the country.
Director of Cruachan Investments Stephen Campbell said, ideally, construction would commence in June 2022. It is estimated the facility will take 18 months to complete, which would see it open around the end of 2023/start of 2024.
In Budget Estimates on Friday (29 October), Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry said she was excited by how the project was currently tracking.
“We worked with the ice skating and sports community about a proposal and a vision for a sporting establishment that really lifted the aspirations of all the young people and others. Having a twin Olympic-size rink/skate centre was the dream of these organisations for many, many years before the commitment was made by the ACT Government,” Ms Berry said.
“It’s moving along, and we’ve been keeping engaged with the ice sports and skating community. They’ve been really integral in providing advice to the government about what’s going to work for those communities.”
When questioned about the potential for additional sporting facilities to be located at the Tuggeranong site, Ms Berry said fitting two Olympic-sized ice rinks on the site would be a challenge in itself. However, she said if something were proposed by the proponents that could fit on the site, the government would consider it.
One of the parties that will benefit most from a state of the art ice sports facility will be CBR Brave, Canberra’s ice hockey team. CBR Brave president Sunny Singh explained the project will be in high demand by the ice sports community.
“Any talk of a new rink gets our community buzzing and any progress is met with a great response,” he said.
“The club has come such a long way. This is the next step in taking all ice sports in Canberra to the next level.”