Wodonga might soon permanently freeze over – at least in part – with a travelling ice rink company using their time in the region to scout for a suitable long-term location.
Ken Jensen, who owns Frozen Wonderland Ice Skating and Tobogganing with his wife Nicole, has set up a temporary rink at Wodonga Racecourse for the school holidays, but hopes to leave the city with a permanent site picked out.
“We have a permanent rink in Townsville, and we’re looking for a location to set up here,” he said.
“We were going to set up permanently in Cairns but we were knocked back because there wasn’t enough parking, and there’s not that many suitable sheds in Cairns.
“I think it’d do well here.”
Mr Jensen said all he’d need for a permanent attraction in Wodonga was a shed of about 700sqm to insulate and build the rink.
He said it would be a significant investment in time and money but permanent set-ups mean a better insulated home for the rink and lower energy costs.
Once the business was running smoothly it would be handed over to staff from the region.
Mr Jensen said the temporary rink was run by Nicole and himself, with help from casual staff hired from wherever they travel.
The temporary rink will run from Saturday to July 22, with four session each day and evening sessions from Thursday to Saturday.
Mr Jensen said no bookings were necessary and the rink was open to people of all ages, with families of young children able to hire penguins or kangas. Tobogganing is also available.