What a great feel-good story to finish off the week.

Macquarie Ice Rink, which was set to be demolished with as part of a new $195 million shopping-centre redevelopment has been saved.

AMP Capital has announced that they met ice rink owner Dr Frank Gregg this morning and that Macquarie Centre’s plans now include an Olympic-sized Ice Rink.

Mark Kirkland, managing director of AMP Capital Shopping Centres, said:

“We have listened to community feedback. Their outpouring of support shows us they are passionate about retaining an Olympic-sized facility,”

“We know that any redevelopment also needs to continue to evolve Macquarie Centre’s unique entertainment and leisure facilities, provide additional civic space, expand night-life activities and improve connections to public transport.”

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“AMP Capital remains committed to delivering an outstanding development for the broader North West Sydney community (and) we have a lot of hard work to do to bring this to fruition.”

Meanwhile, Dr Gregg said this was a “great result for the community”.

“We had a very positive meeting with AMP this morning and they have listened to the public,” he said.

“There is a long way to go but things are looking positive.”

“At this stage I would again like to thank the public, rink staff, the media and all the politicians for their wonderful support.” 

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