CIVIC’S Merry-Go-Round, which celebrates its centenary this year, will be closed for a month from Monday 4 August to Monday 1 September, to allow upgrades and maintenance to be carried out.
The major 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 will also be undertaken on site to refurbish any damaged or missing manes, tails and stirrups on the ride’s animals.
Following this work on site, 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 Merry-Go-Round has been operating in its current location in Civic for the last 40 years and its last major facelift was when it was relocated from Victoria to Canberra in the 1970s.
As a heritage listed asset, the ACT Government recognises the importance that the Merry-Go-Round plays in our local history. Maintaining the look and feel of the Merry-Go-Round is an important part of preserving the attraction for future use by the community
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.
A scaffold will be erected around the structure to ensure work can occur safely and the site remains secure.