Coastal town’s new school hol­i­days at­trac­tion prov­ing a big hit

The Northern Star - - FRONT PAGE - JAS­MINE BURKE Jas­

IN A first for Bal­lina a por­ta­ble ice-skat­ing rink has been set up at the Cherry Street Sports Club for school hol­i­day fun.

A fam­ily com­pany based in Glad­stone, Queens­land, takes the 10x20m ice rink around the coun­try, usu­ally set­ting up in shop­ping cen­tres and car parks.

This time the ice rink has been set up on the back green of the bowl­ing club un­til April 29.

Cherry Street Sports Club gen­eral man­ager Tere Shee­han said the ice rink’s first day of oper­a­tion was a suc­cess.

“The brains be­hind it was to cre­ate an at­mos­phere for the whole com­mu­nity and the kids of Bal­lina to en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties right through the hol­i­days,” Mr Shee­han said.

He said “50-60 kids tested out the ice rink the night be­fore we opened, which went re­ally well”.

“A friend of mine at Ar­mi­dale had it at Christ­mas time and I thought if it was go­ing to work in Ar­mi­dale, it would cer­tainly work on the coast,” Mr Shee­han said.

“It was a se­ri­ous in­vest­ment for the club but I think it’s great to be able to do such a thing for the com­mu­nity so hope­fully they all get be­hind it.”

Skaters can book in for a num­ber of hour-long ses­sions.

The ses­sion times will be from 9.30am-5.30pm, with night ses­sions on Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day nights at 7pm. Check with the club for ses­sion de­tails.

Prices are $20 for adults who are not mem­bers of the bowl­ing club, $16 for mem­bers, and $16 for chil­dren. A sea­son pass is avail­able for $90.

Photo: Marc Stapel­berg

COOL KIDS: Si­enna Cromey-Hakke, 8, and Alexis Bart­nett-Stan­bury, 10, at the ice-skat­ing rink at Cherry Street Sports Club, Bal­lina.

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