Thunderdome’s on a roll

SKATE TIME: Tamworth couple Michael and Ingrid Lorberg are set to open a new roller rink in the city. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 250614GOJ02

SKATE TIME: Tamworth couple Michael and Ingrid Lorberg are set to open a new roller rink in the city. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 250614GOJ02

TAMWORTH’S former home of basketball – the Thunderdome – will be revived as a family-friendly rollerskating rink.

A development application was yesterday lodged with council by Tamworth couple Ingrid and Michael Lorberg for a 33-metre x 23-metre rink at the Anne St site.

Work will start by late next month and the facility is expected to be operating by the December school holidays.

Roller derby, roller discos and regular theme nights will be part of the rink’s program, Mr Lorberg said.

A former top-flight inline skater, he said the sport had enjoyed a stunning resurgence since the return of roller derby to Australia.

“It was big in the ’70s and ’80s and there will be mums and dads introducing to their kids what they themselves did as children,” Mr Lorberg said.

He said the rink would be kept affordable for families, with prices starting at $30 for two hours for a family of four.

“It’s the most economical, fun, family activity you can do – and you get a cardiovascular workout and have a good time,” Mr Lorberg said. 

“It’s non-competitive, it’s safe and there will be no drugs or alcohol allowed.”

The centre, which the Lorbergs will lease from council, has been sitting idle in recent years.

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