NSW LABOR WILL REOPEN CANTERBURY OLYMPIC ICE RINK

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A Minns Labor Government will commit up to $17.7 million to repair and upgrade the roof of the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink to world class standard, allowing it to reopen.

The much loved local sporting centre was closed on August 31 last year due to safety concerns.

The ice rink, a former aircraft hangar, was opened in 1971 and is one of only two remaining Olympic-sized ice rinks in Sydney, producing 22 Olympians.

The rink received more than 120,000 patrons each year including 1,000 school students and 600 skating students each week.

It also supported over 50 local jobs including coaching and youth coaching as well as catering staff.

The venue hosted a number skate-based sporting activities including ice hockey; speed skaters; inclusive skating; synchronised skating; and figure skating.

Since its closure, those involved with the various sports have been forced to travel to other venues throughout the state.

The ice rink – run by a not-for-profit cooperative board – also provided sports and services for many young people with disabilities.

The demand placed on the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink increased dramatically in recent years due to the closure of the ice rink at Penrith.

A petition calling for the reopening of the ice rink received 10,000 signatures and support from several high profile organisations such as the Australian Olympic Committee.

Quotes attributable to Julia Finn MP, Shadow Minister for Sport:

“Ice skaters, particularly those throughout Western Sydney, have been left out in the cold since the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink closed in August last year.

“This funding will provide a vital lifeline for a much loved local institution.”

Quotes attributable to Greg Warren MP, Shadow Minister for Western Sydney:

“The closure of the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink devasted many residents throughout Western Sydney.

“This funding is a big win for not only for Western Sydney residents, but for the entire tightknit ice skating community throughout NSW.”

Quotes attributable to Sophie Cotsis MP, Member for Canterbury:

“Over a thousand students attend the Olympic ice rink for sport, thousands of families come from across Sydney to participate and train.  

“I’m very proud that a Minns Labor Government will reopen the rink. Thank you to Danielle O’Brien, Joanna Bitar and the hundreds of students, parents and community members from across Sydney who have fought every day to see this announcement made.” 

Quotes attributable to Jason Yat-Sen Li, Member for Strathfield:

“Under the NSW Liberals, the future of the ice rink was certainly on thin ice.

“Under a Minns Labor Government, the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink will not only survive, it will also thrive.”

JULIA FINN MP
NSW SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT

GREG WARREN MP

NSW SHADOW MINISTER FOR WESTERN SYDNEY

SOPHIE COTSIS MP

NSW MEMBER FOR CANTERBURY

JASON YAT-SEN LI MPNSW MEMBER FOR STRATHFIELD

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