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Should the Merry-go-round go? [WITH POLL]

By Barcham - 28 June 2013 36

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Katy Gallagher is tossing around the idea of moving the iconic 100 year old merry-go-round from civic to somewhere else, reports ABC News.

“It gets a bit of an uptake of passengers on the weekends but I walked past it the other day during the week and there was no one on it,” she said.

“I thought ‘gee I wonder if there’s a better place for this merry-go-round’.

“So perhaps we could look at something for its 100th birthday.”

Personally I quite like the fact that we have a merry-go-round in the middle of the city.

I would be sad to see it go, but if more people used it in its new home perhaps it would be worth it.

Still I wonder what caused Katy’s changed feelings towards the merry-go-round.

In September last year our chief minister called the merry-go-round the “iconic heart of our city centre” while announcing that the contract to run it was being given to LEAD an organisation that provides people with disabilities ongoing employment.

So one wonders where we should keep the city’s iconic heart, if not in the heart of the city?

Should the merry-go-round go?

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Should the Merry-go-round go? [WITH POLL]
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beardedclam 2:24 pm
28 Jun 13
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I used to live in a townhouse complex with man, he works there with LEAD. He was so quiet and kept to himself, then one day I saw his picture in the paper and gave him a copy and told him “you are famous mate”. He was so happy someone noticed him and linked him to the roundabout.
I personally think the roundabout should be wherever it will be used most. Memories of the Civic roundabout go back years, not just for me, but for everyone that has had a ride.
It just has to be somewhere and hopefully LEAD can remain involved with it’s operation.

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harvyk1 2:31 pm
28 Jun 13
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Where in Canberra could they locate it where they will get more customers? I would have thought in the city was the perfect place to put it. The only problem is it is relatively expensive to ride on especially if you have a few kids in tow…

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bundah 2:39 pm
28 Jun 13
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WTF is wrong with these idiots? oh that’s right they’re pollies,enough said!

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bundah 2:55 pm
28 Jun 13
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The merry-go-round is heritage listed and has filled that barren corridor rather nicely for decades so just get your grubby little mitts off it and let it be Kaytee!

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Holden Caulfield 2:57 pm
28 Jun 13
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Given the money we’re about to spend on light rail, why don’t they make the merry-go-round free and use it as device to educate about the benefits of public transport.

Or something. But don’t move it.

While I’m generally pretty open-minded in regards to residential architecture in the burbs, I think the city needs to keep as much heritage as it can.

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Woody Mann-Caruso 3:02 pm
28 Jun 13
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I walked past it the other day

And that, boys and girls, is how you develop evidence-based policy.

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dtc 3:06 pm
28 Jun 13
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harvyk1 said :

Where in Canberra could they locate it where they will get more customers? I would have thought in the city was the perfect place to put it. The only problem is it is relatively expensive to ride on especially if you have a few kids in tow…

Yeah, I’ve always wondered if a charge of $2 a ride (or something fairly nominal) would result in greater patronage. Its sort of like public transport, when you increase the price the alternatives look better (so, merry go round or ice cream?)

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Thumper 3:28 pm
28 Jun 13
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The ACT government looking after heritage I hear you say?

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Zeital 3:35 pm
28 Jun 13
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I say leave it be. Where in the hell are you gonna move it that has more foot traffic?? plus the size of it on top of that leaves not many options I would think. If the main problem that is coming out of this is the price of the ride, then it leaves one wondering if you fix the real problem then the other goes away?

oh wait…. I am using logic again aren’t I???….. I should really stop doing that…..

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PantsMan 3:51 pm
28 Jun 13
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It is an eyesore that spoils the vista, move it to Glebe Park.

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Deref 4:03 pm
28 Jun 13
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If they moved it I’m sure that they could sell the site to developers for a lovely new block of flats.

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c_c™ 4:16 pm
28 Jun 13
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Nothing to do with the Merry Go Round really, it’s just a victim of a precinct that is deep in decline. You look at Centrepoint right next door and it’s mostly empty, the foot traffic in the area is a fraction of what it used to be and probably the wrong type of traffic. A far cry from the days when there was bustle and people were lining up for a ride.

I’ve said it before, they need to start bulldozing the inner zone of Civic and try and bring new life into it.

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switch 4:31 pm
28 Jun 13
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c_c™ said :

I’ve said it before, they need to start bulldozing the inner zone of Civic and try and bring new life into it.

“We had to destroy the village to save it” – some officer in the Vietnam War.

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HiddenDragon 4:48 pm
28 Jun 13
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I don’t know if there are any plans – official or unofficial – for the Death Star to extend any further, but if so, perhaps it would be possible for the merry-go-round to be indoors. In other cities, with sufficient money and imagination, it would be put to good use, and much more would be made of the lovely trees nearby. Failing that, move it outside the London Circuit Soviet – it would be a great background for interviews and other staged political events.

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poetix 4:50 pm
28 Jun 13
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I have been researching the merry-go-round a little for a poem and its history is quite fascinating; it was owned by a German showman, originally, and quite a lot of it imported from Germany, but it had to be sold by him because of anti-German sentiment…even something as innocent as a merry-go-round gets caught up in war. This document is well worth a look:

http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/235396/Civic_Merry_go_round.pdf

I think that it would be a shame to move it, personally.

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