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Blizzard blows ice skating rink to Brewarrina

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10 July 2024, 7:39 AM

Blizzard blows ice skating rink to Brewarrina The skating aids give people the confidence they need to get on the ice

A blizzard isn’t something you expect to find in outback NSW, but that’s exactly what Brewarrina is in for this week with the Brewarrina Blizard ice skating rink in town, just in time for the school holidays.

The huge 600 square metre ice skating rink, with the capacity to host up to 100 skaters at a time, will be right in the middle of town for the whole week, from Monday July 8 to Sunday July 14, offering locals, travellers and the entire region this free school holiday experience. 

Brewarrina Shire Council General Manager David Kirby said he was thrilled this incredible experience was back in Bre this year. 

“An ice-skating rink is definitely not something you’d expect to find in our little outback town,” Mr Kirby said.

“It’s something you’d usually have to travel hundreds and hundreds of kilometres to experience. So we are very excited to have the rink here, and completely free, for the second year running.” 

The equipment to set up the rink started arriving this week, with Stars on Ice, the company behind the experience, travelling all the way from Sydney with three truck loads worth of gear.

“It’s a mammoth effort from Stars on Ice. They bring everything with them - the refrigeration unit, the rink, generators, skates, and then just add water! They essentially build a swimming pool, and then freeze it. The whole process only takes a few days,” Mr Kirby added.

As well as all the equipment, Stars on Ice also bring with them professional instructors and skating aids, perfect little penguin pals, to help people master the ice. And best of all, the aids mean anyone can have a go! 

“It truly is a magical experience. Last year was the first time many in our community had the chance to try ice skating. This year, I’m expecting some real pros,” concluded Mr Kirby.

The Brewarrina Blizzard opens daily, from Monday, July 8 to Sunday, July 14. Session bookings for the free experience can be made online now and walk-ins are welcome, until sessions are at capacity.