Elizabeth Quay opening heralds debut for Urban Roller Club

ALONGSIDE the highly anticipated unveiling of Elizabeth Quay, The Urban Roller Club also made its debut last weekend.

The Urban Roller Club opened its first rink in the Fringe World Fairground to kick off the $440 million State Government project, which has been nearly four years in the making.

Premier Colin Barnett and Planning Minister John Day opened the 10ha water front facility in front of thousands of people on Friday.

The opening included laser, light and water shows, pop up bars, rides and roving performers from Fringe World Festival.

Subiaco-based The Event Agency launched The Urban Roller Club, which will include themed skating events until March 6.

The Event Agency spokeswoman Hannah Cocivera said the company had worked with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency for years at the Perth Cultural Centre.

“Once Elizabeth Quay’s event applications were open we were in there discussing the roller rink and they loved the idea,” Ms Cocivera said.

“Fringe was also considering a location down at Elizabeth Quay so it was a perfect opportunity to pair the events together.”

Events will include a ‘90s to Noughties’ theme this Thursday, a Street Roller Hockey League takeover fundraiser on Saturday and a ‘Xanadu’ night run by DJs and drag queens from the LGBT community on February 21.

“The Fringe World Fairground (Limbo, TURC and the other rides), will offer families and city dwellers a combination of activities to try in this brand new space,” Ms Cocivera said.

“It will add a nostalgic element to the area having been used for the exact same purposes back in the 1920s with a fairground called ‘Ugly Land’.

“We had an older crowd on Sunday night and it was such a friendly and great vibe on the rink.”

Ms Cocivera said The Event Agency hoped to work with Elizabeth Quay on an ongoing basis to bring new activations to the space.