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Spruce up will keep attraction merry
Kingston Evan, 3, with dad Greg from Cook on the merry-go-round in Civic.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
The Canberra merry-go-round turns 100
this year and the ACT government will
spend $120,000 on giving it an overhaul.
The merry-go-round has been
operating in its Civic location for the past
40 years. It was at that time, amid its
relocation from Victoria to the ACT in the
1970s, that it last received a major
On Monday, August 4, the merry-go-
round will be closed for work until it is
reopened for the first day of spring on
This work will include replacement of
a roll-a-shutter and the canvas roof, as
well as an upgrade to the metal roof to
prevent the build-up of mould and
moisture on the new canvas.
Any damaged or missing manes, tails
and stirrups on the ride s animals will be
After this, and over a period of about 18
months, the animals will be progressively
taken to a workshop for a general spruce
up. This will involve replacement of lost
jewels, repairs to damaged or broken ears
and legs, and a fresh coat of paint.
The merry-go-round will continue to
operate during this time.
A Treasury and Economic
Development Directorate spokesman said
the Civic merry-go-round was ACT
Heritage listed and was the second largest
remaining operational merry-go-round in
It is also the only one designed and
constructed in Australia.
"The merry-go-round has particularly
significant social value to the ACT
community with many parents and
grandparents, who rode it in their youth,
bringing their children and grandchildren
back to the ride, he said.
The merry-go-round was designed and
constructed by Herbert Thomson in 1914
for £7000. Mr Thomson became famous
for having designed and built the first
Australian steam car in 1896.
In September 1973 the Department of
the Capital Territory outbid all others to
purchase the merry-go-round for $40,000.
In March the following year during
Canberra Day celebrations it was
officially opened. There have been
another five restoration and maintenance
projects since then with the last being a
full restoration of the animals in 2007.
NEW BUILDING SLATED
ADJOINING REX HOTEL
The Canberra Rex Hotel has plans
for the demolition of an existing
building and construction of a new
three-storey building. The
redevelopment is expected to cost
more than $1.6 million and will
include a mezzanine and car park as
well as a display suite. There is an
existing mural on the site adjacent to
the main hotel entrance that will be
protected during the construction.
Once finished the 25-metre tall
building will be an off-white to light
Concept to attract more to lake
Pop-up bars, cafes and businesses are
trending at the moment and the ACT
government has harnessed this
popularity with a new concept
designed to attract more people to the
shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
It will create a pop-up village at the
West Basin of the lake.
The Westside @ Acton Park is
expected to dramatically change the
way Canberrans engage with public
Minister for Economic
Development Andrew Barr said it
would be a lively precinct for people to
come together for retail, dining and
entertainment experiences. It would
also provide opportunities to
participate and engage in a wide range
of sporting and cultural events.
The ACT government is working
with Stromlo Stomping Ground to
deliver Westside @ Acton Park.
"This is the first step in the ACT
government s activation of the
lakeside, and is a key part of the
government s broader vision of the
City to the Lake project, Mr Barr
It will feature an events space, a
stage, retail outlets, bars, restaurants,
cafes and free public Wi-Fi.
Calwell's new aquatic facility on target for spring opening
Pool developer Phil King inspects
the construction of Calwell's
Kingswim aquatic facility.
A long-awaited swimming pool will
finally make a splash in Canberra s
south before the territory heats up for
Construction of the multimillion-
dollar Kingswim aquatic facility in
Calwell is about a third of the way
through and expected to be completed
before a late September opening.
Development of the pool has been
plagued with uncertainty, largely due
to extension of time fees.
Developer Phil King originally
considered pulling the plug on the
proposed $3.3 million centre last
October after the government only
waived a portion of $300,000 in late
Earlier this year Mr King s situation
was reassessed as part of broader
changes to the fees, designed to
discourage land-banking in the ACT.
A significant portion of the money was
waived, allowing the project to
Mr King said construction works
were on track and enrolments would
Once completed the 20-metre pool
will primarily focus on teaching
children how to swim.
Other services will include aquatic
exercise for adults, hydrotherapy,
discounted school programs, school
holiday programs and access to
swimming club competition.
"The facility will be programmed
for up to 4000 users a week [who] will
come at dedicated times," Mr King
said. "If people are doing lap
swimming they will have a cleared
time for lap swimming. If people want
to do hydrotherapy they will have the
pool to themselves."
Mr King said the pool had been
specifically designed to cater for the
various programs, ages and swimming
abilities using the water.
"The water temperature is going to
be 32 degrees during summer and
34 degrees during winter, which is
ideal for hydrotherapy and
physiotherapy and aquacise and . . . for
parent and child classes," he said.
"But it s not hot enough that the
squad kids can t do some reasonable
The centre will employ about 70
mostly casual staff.
Meat and deli
store a cut
above the rest
IGA Ainslie has proven to be a
standout among IGA counterparts
across Australia, setting a
benchmark for its speciality meats
and deli products. Store managers
Manuel Xyrakis and Irene
Mihailakis received the IGA Deli
Department of the Year and IGA
Meat Department of the Year at the
2014 National IGA Retailer awards
held on July 21 on the Gold Coast.
Hailed as a market leader, the store
was celebrated for giving local
customers access to a high quality
and wide selection of locally grown
and imported products, including
cheeses, olives, antipasto and cured
meats. IGA National Council
chairman Ben Ryan congratulated
the small supermarket, recognising
the exceptional effort. "Manuel and
Irene have focused on enhancing
their customers in-store experience
by extending their offer beyond that
of a traditional supermarket --
transforming the weekly chore of
shopping into an exciting, inspiring
experience," he said.
Community council opposes light rail
Eric Traise, president
Firstly, I d like to thank vice-president
Glenys Patulny who has capably stood
in as president while I have been
recovering from a major health issue.
Thanks also to everyone for your well-
wishes during my absence.
At the July meeting, our guest,
Minister Simon Corbell, spoke about
issues relating to Lake Tuggeranong.
He said some Commonwealth money
would definitely be allocated to
improve water quality in Lake
Tuggeranong and formally announced
the reinstatement of funding for
Waterwatch throughout the ACT.
Our members then passed a motion
opposing the light rail project. This
was because of concerns about huge
and uncertain cost and that
Tuggeranong residents, while having
to pay their share, will get no benefit
The council has written to the Chief
Minister asking that full cost estimates
be made public before construction
contracts are awarded and the project
to be deferred until after the 2016
election. The motion and the letter to
the Chief Minister are on our website
I congratulate the Department of
Social Services on its recent decision
to build a new office block in
This will keep more than 1000 staff
working in the area.
Our next monthly meeting is on
Tuesday, August 5, upstairs in the
Tuggeranong Southern Cross Club at
7.30pm. Our guest speakers are Tony
Gill from ACT Roads, Libby Gordon
about an upgrade to Tuggeranong
Town Park and Peter Johns about
rezoning land at East Greenway. All
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