Built in 1929, the volunteer operated carousel which sits on the foreshore is an icon of Semaphore and draws plenty of attention from visitors. Owner Frank Schirripa was recently given a grant of $2,144 from council through our Internal Energy Efficiency Initiative, to install a solar energy system and new insulation in the roof.
With the new insulation Frank hopes to save $400 a month on energy costs, “The energy efficiency work carried out at the Carousel has reduce our on-going energy costs in winter and will reduce the heat inside the building throughout the summer months.”
Frank is a passionate local who works with many charities and disability groups to bring joy to the community. Rides are free for people with disabilities, carers and parents supervising a paying child.
The ride is operated and maintained by dedicated volunteers from Henley Beach, Kidman Park, Grange, West Lakes, Regency Park and Largs Bay Rotary Clubs.
They hope to raise money through fundraising to fund the building of a new annex at the rear to improve access for larger groups and patrons with wheelchairs. Frank said, “Fundraising comes from the sale of ride tickets, however we appreciate and welcome public donations to help with operating costs.”
For more information about donating, please email Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the carousel in person.
Opening times are 11am-5pm every weekend, public holiday and during school holidays. The carousel is also available for parties and special events.