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Would you like to see a new ice rink in Canberra?

By Canfan 3 June 2015 24

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Members of Canberra’s ice sports community are petitioning the ACT Government to open a new ice rink in the capital. 

The petition organisers say the Phillip ice skating rink is outdated, in poor condition and too small to accommodate sporting fans of teams such as CBR Brave.

From the petition:

Ice sports (such as figure skating, broom ball and ice hockey) are becoming more and more popular in the ACT, however due to limited resources, people who are looking to join one of these sports are being turned away.

The current rink in Canberra is out dated and in very poor condition, with injuries due to the ices surface being uneven at times, on the rise. Further to this, the rink is unable to accommodate fans of sporting teams such as the CBR Brave, reaching capacity very early on and reducing the chance of a slight boost of tourism income when rival team supporters follow their teams to competitions.

A new ice rink in Canberra will increase the supply of ice time available to meet the demands of the ACT community, as well as potentially lead to increased tourism opportunities (especially for national competitions). With new facilities present, there is also a high chance that a reduction of on ice injuries will occur both for people competing in sports and also citizens who look to enjoy the ice facilities with their friends and families.

You can sign the petition here. 

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zllauh 12:35 pm 08 Jun 15

Demand has been rising so there is definitely a need for a new one. Phillip one is not even international size.

tooltime 7:04 pm 04 Jun 15

I stand corrected. It was the pool people the gubberment is struggling to evict…

watto23 2:52 pm 04 Jun 15

tooltime said :

Didn’t the ACT government take the leaseholders of this Philip facility to court to evict them, only to lose? This is why no money is being spent there. Sydney has 5 million people and only two rinks, so I wouldn’t be holding my breath for a new rink in a hurry….it’s a shame, because it could be so good….hopefully they’re saving up to build a white water stadium in West Basin or Yarralumla

I thought Phillip has always been a private facility. The ice rink has definitely always been privately owned.

Ezy 11:25 am 04 Jun 15

tooltime said :

Ah yes,

One of my favourite memories of Canada was skating the lochs of Ottawa in winter. Every night, the young the old and everyone in between would be there, it’s a preferred form of exercise there. I agree the mini rink in Civic is a good idea, but most big ticket sporting infrastructure pieces make terrible financial investments, so they don’t get built.

Didn’t the ACT government take the leaseholders of this Philip facility to court to evict them, only to lose? This is why no money is being spent there. Sydney has 5 million people and only two rinks, so I wouldn’t be holding my breath for a new rink in a hurry….it’s a shame, because it could be so good….hopefully they’re saving up to build a white water stadium in West Basin or Yarralumla

I played a bit of ‘shinny’ in Vancouver – one of the best hockey experiences I have had.

FYI Sydney has 5 rinks.
– Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink
– Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink
– Macquarie Ice Rink
– Penrith Ice Palace
– Sydney Ice Arena

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