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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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Watson 10:24 am 01 Jul 13

It’s always good to base policy decisions on random personal experiences…

Thumper 8:17 am 01 Jul 13

Does anyone else have the sinking feeling that the merry go round will now suffer from a lack of funding that will lead to it becoming rather dilapidated and the government coming to the final conclusion that it will cost too much to fix and therefore it must be scrapped?

I can’t believe that Gallagher has even entertained the thought of removing it.

poetix 10:03 pm 30 Jun 13

gooterz said :

poetix said :

gooterz said :

The Carousel is called Weniger’s Steam Riding Gallery.

I thought it was heritage listed and couldn’t be moved? What sort of magic powers does Kaytee have?

poetix said :

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.

“anti-German sentiment”: 50 Armed Aussie soldiers come up and attacked the Carousel because the owner was German and the pipes were German made. If he didn’t sell it, it would have been destroyed.

Just wondering if you read about that attack in a book or old newspaper? I’d like to chase that up. The image of armed soldiers attacking the merry-go-round is quite incredible.

http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/CanberraCarousel.html

Thanks!

ChrisinTurner 9:41 pm 30 Jun 13

It is in a good spot but most days the metal stutter doors are not opened on all sides to give the full impression of an operating merry-go-round. The last time I complained about this it turned out the mechanism was broken and the operator had not reported the fault. What is the problem this time?

gooterz 9:30 pm 30 Jun 13

poetix said :

gooterz said :

The Carousel is called Weniger’s Steam Riding Gallery.

I thought it was heritage listed and couldn’t be moved? What sort of magic powers does Kaytee have?

poetix said :

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.

“anti-German sentiment”: 50 Armed Aussie soldiers come up and attacked the Carousel because the owner was German and the pipes were German made. If he didn’t sell it, it would have been destroyed.

Just wondering if you read about that attack in a book or old newspaper? I’d like to chase that up. The image of armed soldiers attacking the merry-go-round is quite incredible.

http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/CanberraCarousel.html

deye 7:25 pm 30 Jun 13

It should stay, however I think part of the problem is the building around it. It gives it a very dingy run down look, and the way the grill works it looks like a mini prison for the kids inside. Perhaps redesign the building housing it and the surrounding area would help. Open it up a bit, make it lighter and airier, make it more inviting. Fixing the pavers out the front would help too.

poetix 11:26 pm 29 Jun 13

gooterz said :

The Carousel is called Weniger’s Steam Riding Gallery.

I thought it was heritage listed and couldn’t be moved? What sort of magic powers does Kaytee have?

poetix said :

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.

“anti-German sentiment”: 50 Armed Aussie soldiers come up and attacked the Carousel because the owner was German and the pipes were German made. If he didn’t sell it, it would have been destroyed.

Just wondering if you read about that attack in a book or old newspaper? I’d like to chase that up. The image of armed soldiers attacking the merry-go-round is quite incredible.

robinsnest 10:42 pm 29 Jun 13

So what little life in the city will go. And where to? So someone ( ie Chief Minister) walks past during the week and decides it’s not being used so it must be moved. And that’s the way of planning in this city? Consultation clearly not required obviously.

gooterz 10:56 am 29 Jun 13

If they opened it at night time on Thur/ Fri/sat, maybe give it a liquor license I’m sure it’d do much more business.

Ben_Dover 8:03 am 29 Jun 13

“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.

Ever heard of this thing called “school” you moron.

Madam Cholet 7:47 am 29 Jun 13

I agree that if the precinct was brought to life again, then the merry go round might pick up too. Not sure how that’s going to happen though as it was this government which signed the death certificate.

steveu 6:46 am 29 Jun 13

Thumper said :

I wonder which developer has suggested it may be a good site for something else?

Bingo. Knowing the way Team Katy has run things, I think you are probably on the money there.

caf 12:48 am 29 Jun 13

It’s not surprising that patronage is down on a midwinter weekday. I’m sure it does better in summer, and like others I can’t see too many other places that would provide more punters.

gooterz 8:46 pm 28 Jun 13

The Carousel is called Weniger’s Steam Riding Gallery.

I thought it was heritage listed and couldn’t be moved? What sort of magic powers does Kaytee have?

poetix said :

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.

“anti-German sentiment”: 50 Armed Aussie soldiers come up and attacked the Carousel because the owner was German and the pipes were German made. If he didn’t sell it, it would have been destroyed.

Interesting that it goes the American / Canadian Counter clockwise direction, most European carousels go around clockwise direction. Kaytee doesn’t think it fits in with her unsafe and out of place European traffic signals perhaps?

GardeningGirl 7:22 pm 28 Jun 13

PantsMan said :

It is an eyesore that spoils the vista, move it to Glebe Park.

The eyesore is not the merry-go-round, it’s what’s around it. Though I admit it does not look at its best when it is closed which it almost always seems to be when I walk past.
My first choice would be to leave it where it is and improve the surrounds. What a shame the coffee shop in Centrepoint didn’t work out. That’s what it needs, pleasant places in the vicinity to linger, sit and relax, have something to eat or drink.
My second choice would be to move it somewhere that might be seen as more suitable, but where? Glebe Park, near the children’s playground, crossed my mind. Or down near the lake as part of the City to Lake project. I can’t think of anything that seems quite right.

beardedclam said :

. . 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.

+1

Postalgeek 7:05 pm 28 Jun 13

Katy walks through Civic on a weekday and thinks the Merry-Go-Round is underused. A working weekday. A daycare day. A school day.

Where else in Canberra do they imagine they are going to find more users during a weekday?

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