Central Coast residents are celebrating the official opening of the renewed Erina Ice Arena following a $624,000 upgrade, with $592,000 funded by the NSW Government through its Regional Sport Facility Fund.
The project includes improved accessibility to the entrance foyer; two upgraded universally designed disability bathrooms; two re-designed all gender change rooms; operationally efficient LED lighting; ice hockey netting; glass grandstand balustrade and overhauled refrigeration plant.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the upgrades will improve accessibility standards and cater for growth in female participation.
“Erina Ice Arena is a premier venue for ice sports and recreation on the Central Coast,” Mr Crouch said.
“These upgrades will ensure even more people can take part in ice sports by providing inclusive facilities that support all residents to feel comfortable, safe and welcome when visiting the arena.
“In addition, the installation of the glass grandstand balustrade and netting means the venue can host more tournaments and competitions of national and international standard.
“Kicking off events with a bang, Erina Ice Area hosted the 2022 Sydney Synchronized Festival.”
Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the NSW Government is committed to improving the quality and quantity of sports venues across NSW.
“Well-developed sporting facilities are an integral part of our community that help connect people and promote healthy lifestyles,” Mr Henskens said.
“I’m delighted to support this project, providing the community and local sporting groups with access to quality, fit-for-purpose facilities that will meet current and future needs.”
The NSW Government provides millions in grants each year to help create spaces and facilities that enable communities to keep healthy, active and connected.
For more information on grants programs visit: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants.