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Civic Merry-Go-Round to Belconnen?

By Damien Haas - 5 July 2013 21

Margaret Timpson Park is the perfect location for the Civic Merry-Go-Round to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2014. That was the unanimous decision of the Belconnen Community Council committee on Wednesday night.

The decision was in response to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher’s comment that the merry-go-round’s horses and elephants are lonely and need a new home where more little riders will visit them.

“Belconnen would certainly use and value this historic tourist attraction, and it would entertain families that use the Town Centre” Belconnen Community Council President Robyn Coghlan said today.

“Since the community consultation process over the future of Margaret Timpson Park finished in 2005, we haven’t heard back from the Government on what they proposed to do with Margaret Timpson Park. So we are asking the Chief Minister to consider relocating the Civic Merry-Go-Round to family-friendly Belconnen.”

“The park is a perfect location. It’s between the Shopping Centre and the Library, and the Canberra Connect Office attracts a lot of parents with their children in tow. We also believe that it would make Margaret Timpson Park an attraction and bring more families and children into the Belconnen area.”

“The park is a lovely green space in the middle of the town centre but, apart from workers walking through it during the day and the odd festival, it is largely underutilised. The relocation of the Merry-Go-Round to Margaret Timpson Park could benefit everyone by preserving Canberra’s history and attracting more people to a beautiful part of Belconnen.”

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Civic Merry-Go-Round to Belconnen?
damien haas 5:15 pm 05 Jul 13

TAMSMediaRoom said :

The ACT Government has no current plans to relocate the Civic merry-go-round.

policy is what is written on the back of the ministers napkin…

damien haas 5:13 pm 05 Jul 13

Dilandach said :

Living in Belconnen I’d say leave it where it is. Its fine. Why screw with it?

BCC seriously need to get their priorities in order before starting to make fanciful plans. I hope at least one of them reads this thread. Instead of dreaming about things like this how about help bring about the things that the community actually does want and would find practical. As someone else suggested, graffiti would be a nice place to start.

hi Dilandach, why dont you come along to the next meeting and put forward your suggestions.

BCC VP

TAMSMediaRoom 3:42 pm 05 Jul 13

The ACT Government has no current plans to relocate the Civic merry-go-round.

poetix 3:37 pm 05 Jul 13

Ain’t no-one moving that there rodeo-matic from town.

Barcham 3:24 pm 05 Jul 13

As someone who spent a great deal of their late teens/early 20’s getting drunk in and around Belconnen Mall, more interesting places to drunken play with and injure myself on late at night would have been very appreciated.

watto23 3:24 pm 05 Jul 13

Although the ice skating rink seems to have little issue attracting people. It usually got a decent amoutn skating at night the past 3 years since it started.

I like the merry go round where it is. Although having a bank near it and not much in the way of cafes etc, makes the area a bit sterile.

bundah 3:18 pm 05 Jul 13

Well you’ve got to give them points for initiative and as for Kaytee I think she should be banned from ever setting foot anywhere near the merry-go-round!

Jim Jones 3:06 pm 05 Jul 13

Not enough people use it in the middle of civic so they want to move it to a park that no-one goes to in Belconnen?

beardedclam 3:05 pm 05 Jul 13

Up the top of Belconnen at the old police department, opposite the new bus lounge at Belconnen mall, would be a better place, in my opinion. Looks like that is where Westfield are focussing, also that land should be used for something soon.

Dilandach 2:49 pm 05 Jul 13

Living in Belconnen I’d say leave it where it is. Its fine. Why screw with it?

BCC seriously need to get their priorities in order before starting to make fanciful plans. I hope at least one of them reads this thread. Instead of dreaming about things like this how about help bring about the things that the community actually does want and would find practical. As someone else suggested, graffiti would be a nice place to start.

Watson 2:48 pm 05 Jul 13

So they want to steal the roundabout to try and get more people to go shopping in Belconnen and get funding for some obscure park that no one else cares about? Tell ’em they’re dreaming!

Postalgeek 2:31 pm 05 Jul 13

E.L.K said :

No.

What he said.

The carousel should be kept central. Not everyone who enjoys the merry-go-round lives north of the lake or wants to travel to Belconnen for the privilege.

E.L.K 1:47 pm 05 Jul 13

No.

p1 1:43 pm 05 Jul 13

That park has never really been a popular place to hang out. There are better options nearby for a family picnic or kick of the football, and the same goes for most nearby workers looking for a place to sit and eat lunch.

On the other hand, the park has managed to remain mostly the same, and a very pleasant route connecting the library/skatepark/Lake G College with the mall. The fact that it doesn’t have complex amenities is probably the only reason it hasn’t shown the weekly vandalism that many parks do.

While it might be nice for Belconnen to have the kind of Central Park type vibe, I can’t see it happening while the retail landscape is dominated by the inward looking mall.

Snave81 1:28 pm 05 Jul 13

Could the BCC turn their attention to simple local issues like lobbying the government to clean up the graffiti, broken glass and rubbish at the Belconnen Community Bus Interchange or possibly getting a street sweeper coming to lakeside streets occasionally to try to avoid waste and leaf litter getting into the lake before voting on grandiose ideas like getting the carousel or invading NSW to claim Ginninderra Falls? The old Belconnen Community Festival was a good use of the park as is keeping open green space in the town centre.

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