Skaters roll up to help rink
IPSWICH’S skaters are racing to support the city’s Skateaway, which may still be months away from reopening.
The Bundamba Skateaway on Agnes Street was wrecked in the January floods, the murky water reaching to the rink’s disco ball.
To add to the heartache, the owners’ One Mile home was also completely inundated and then looters raided the abandoned shell.
Owners Deb and David Buttner are living in a rental property with their daughter Vivica and hope to reopen the Skateaway as soon as possible, but it could be months.
Volunteers from the skating community, including roller derby league Brisbane City Rollers and figure skaters, have worked tirelessly to help clean up and gut the rink, but unfortunately the repairs cannot start until the power is switched on and the insurance report cleared.
Learn-to-skate instructor Kerri Tomlinson said she was devastated to hear the news about the rink and Mr and Mrs Buttners’ home and decided to hold an awareness day of support tomorrow.
“Deb and Dave, they’re trying to keep their spirits up, but I think it’s slowly taking a toll,” she said. “It doesn’t look good in there; the floor has lifted and it’s just a shell now.”
But Mrs Tomlinson said she hoped skaters and the community could come together this Saturday to offer their support to get the rink open as soon as possible.
Mrs Tomlinson is holding a sausage sizzle at the Skateaway at 21 Agnes Street, Bundamba, at noon tomorrow.
Members of the community are encouraged to attend.