Kerri Tomlinson at the Bundamba Skate Away on Saturday during the fundraising sausage sizzle.
Kerri Tomlinson at the Bundamba Skate Away on Saturday during the fundraising sausage sizzle. Claudia Baxter

Skaters hold flood fundraiser

MORE than 150 skaters from all over south-east Queensland converged on the Bundamba Skateway site for a flood fundraiser and awareness day on Saturday.

The Agnes Street building was extensively damaged in last month’s floods and still could be months away from opening.

Learn-to-skate instructor Kerri Tomlinson helped organise Saturday’s event as a way for skaters to come together and offer their support to the rink.

And support it they did – with only short notice of the event, skaters from Ipswich, Brisbane and the Gold Coast turned up in their droves.

Business owners Deb and David Buttner are keen to have the facility up and running as soon as possible, but a reopening depends on the intentions of the building’s owner.

“I’m very happy with the turnout. So many people use the rink, from artistic skaters to speed skates to the derby girls,” Mrs Tomlinson said.

“The community has really been supportive.”

After a sausage sizzle on the steps of the main entry, many skaters ventured inside for a quick skate around the damaged rink.

At the peak of the floods, the water reached the rink’s disco ball.

Volunteers from the skating community, including roller derby league and figure skaters, helped clean-up and gut the rink in the immediate aftermath of the floods.

Deb Buttner said the turnout of skaters showed just how important the facility is to community.

Mrs Buttner, whose One Mile home was also inundated in the floods, said she hoped the support would help convince the building’s owner to have it up and running as soon as possible.



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