AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel -

Oc­to­ber 4, 1935: Luna Park opens in Syd­ney on the site used for the con­struc­tion of the Har­bour Bridge. 1936: Ad­mis­sion charge is re­moved. 1969: An ap­pli­ca­tion to de­velop the site as a trade cen­tre is re­fused. 1972: The park opens for year-round op­er­a­tion. (Pre­vi­ously it closed for three months in the win­ter.) June 9, 1979: A fire on the ghost train claims the lives of one adult and six chil­dren. The park is closed. 1981: Many of the orig­i­nal amuse­ments and art­works are auc­tioned. 1982: Park re­opens. Ap­pli­ca­tion to re­de­velop the site with high-rise tow­ers re­fused. 1988: Park closes. 1990: The NSW gov­ern­ment passes the Luna Park Site Act mak­ing the site crown land ded­i­cated for pub­lic re­cre­ation, amuse­ment and en­ter­tain­ment. Jan­uary 1995: Park re­opens. 1996: Park closes fol­low­ing Big Dip­per re­stric­tions. 1997: The precinct of Luna Park and its as­so­ci­ated her­itage items are clas­si­fied and placed on the Reg­is­ter of the Na­tional Es­tate. April 4, 2004: Park re­opens.

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