The Sydney Ice Arena to be demolished?

Australia is a country that has the issue of a growing sport in Ice Hockey but not enough rinks.

The rumor that the Sydney Ice Arena could be closing will be a devastating blow to the Sydney ice hockey community.

There is a Development Application before the Hills Shire Council from the owners, Hillsong Church LTD to knock down the rink and replace it with 20 storey mixed development units.

The rink has the potential to be one of the best in the country however lack of plexi-glass and poor management have held it back.

In the 2013 season, the management would not let any Sydney Ice Dogs or Sydney Bears players into the rink without checking their bags for alcohol. Is this something that should be done to teams in the AIHL?

Currently the home of the Sydney Bears and the Sydney Sirens the rink is used most weekends for free skating and could be one of the premier rinks in the country.

Although the plan is still to go before the Department of Planning and Infrastructure to have the land rezoned.

The development will include

* Ground floor – retail / restaurants and plaza area;

*Levels 1 to 4 – commercial offices;

* Podium and above – Pool, tennis court, and 15 storeys of residential flats (approximately    240 units) within twin towers;

and

* 6 levels of car parking incorporated into the podium levels.

More to come soon.

http://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/IgnitionSuite/uploads/docs/ITEM%205%20-%2010%20December%202013.pdf

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