Merry-Go-Round re-opening delayed

Released 05/09/2014

The re-opening of the much loved Merry-Go-Round in Civic has been delayed and is now expected to re-open on Monday 15 September.

Unfortunately, frost and rain has delayed some of the roof works and further cracks were found in the fascia. Before the facia repairs could be undertaken, advice was sought from the heritage architect in order to ensure that the repair work was completed in accordance with heritage obligations.

"While it is disappointing that the re-opening has been delayed, the most important thing is that the repairs are done appropriately," said Daniel Bailey, the Director of the ACT Property Group.

"The heritage listed Merry-Go-Round is a significant part of Canberra's history and it's important that the work is done thoroughly rather than it being rushed.

"It has been operating in its current location for the last 40 years and we are committed to it being a Civic landmark for many more decades to come, bringing joy to Canberra's children as well as their parents and grandparents."

The current work includes the 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.

Initial work has also been undertaken on site to refurbish any damaged or missing manes, tails and stirrups on the ride's animals.

Following this on site work, the animals will be progressively taken to a workshop for a general spruce up, which will see the replacement of lost jewels, repairs to damaged or broken ears and legs, and a fresh coat of paint.

This work will take place over about the next 18 months, however the Merry-Go-Round will continue to operate during this time.

The ACT Government has allocated $120,000 for these works from the ACT Property Group maintenance funds.  The project is being undertaken by local contractor, Cercol Construction Services.

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