Carousel a Quay ad­di­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By DENISE S. CAHILL

LEEDERVILLE jewellers Ro­han and Toni Milne are bring­ing a hand-built Vene­tian carousel to El­iz­a­beth Quay.

The Cool­binia cou­ple were in­spired by the tra­di­tional carousel when they were hol­i­day­ing in San Se­bas­tian with their daugh­ters Win­nie (7) and Piper (5) in 2012.

“At the end of the beach there’s a two-storey carousel and ev­ery morn­ing the kids would go on it,” Mr Milne said.

“We’d have a cof­fee and sit there and en­joy the view and the kids were happy on the carousel.

“It didn’t cost a lot so they could go on it a few times.

“We’d do the same thing in the evenings… walk around with a glass of san­gria and the kids would be on the carousel again.”

Mr Milne said they ap­proached the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Rede­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity with The El­iz­a­beth Quay Carousel con­cept and they “were rapt with the idea”.

“One of the key things I was adamant about was that we had to make it work at a cer­tain price point,” he said.

“It’s some­thing beau­ti­ful to en­hance the city and it will be the cheap­est thing to do in Perth.”

The carousel will have ca­pac­ity for 40 adults or 43 chil­dren and cost $5 a ride or $12 for three rides.

Mr Milne, who opened a sec­ond Ro­han Jew­ellery store in the State Build­ings ear­lier this year, said the carousel was hand-made and hand-painted in a tra­di­tional style that res­onated with the Ro­han Jew­ellery brand.

The carousel is on a boat from Italy and is ex­pected to ar­rive on Perth’s shores in the mid­dle of next month.

It will take about a week to as­sem­ble and be ready for cus­tomers be­fore Christ­mas.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d462224

Ro­han and Toni Milne with kids Piper and Win­nie at El­iz­a­beth Quay where the carousel they had cus­tom-made in Venice will be placed.

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