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New hope for ice skaters

ICE skaters have been given a glimmer of hope a new ice rink may be established in the south. The Glenorchy skate rink, which was popular with skaters in the Derwent Valley and Brighton areas, closed earlier this year.

More than 200 Tasmanian skate athletes have been impacted by the closure. An analysis by the Department of State Growth recommended the Government fund a full feasibility study to establish the viability of a new ice rink for Tasmania. The Government has agreed with $95,000 to fund the study.

The study will undertake detailed consultation with relevant key stakeholders, identify potential site location options, prepare cost estimates for the construction of a new facility, and identify potential funding models, including private investment.

It will look at facility trends and best practice for ice sports facilities within Australia and overseas, covering off areas such as training, competition, recreational use, commercial opportunities, multi-use of facilities and management models and operations. The Glenorchy centre was the only one of its kind in Tasmania.

Ice Sports Tasmania President Anna Holliday said the feasibility study was a positive step forward for Tasmania’s ice sports community. “Ice Sports Tasmania is appreciative of the significant efforts of Minister Nic Street and his team towards a new ice sports facility for Tasmania. “We are looking forward to continuing this positive and collaborative relationship as we progress toward our shared vision for a new ice rink in our state,’’ she said.