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Bush Capital slogan tops ACT numberplate poll

By Charlotte Harper - 14 March 2017 4

Bush capital plates. Photo: Charlotte Harper

The Bush Capital is making a comeback, having fended off Australia’s Cool Capital among other slogans to take pride of place on ACT numberplates from later this year.

The people have spoken via more than 8000 online votes to retain CANBERRA: THE NATION’S CAPITAL and add CANBERRA: THE BUSH CAPITAL as numberplate slogan choices.

Canberra drivers will be able to choose between the two tagline when they come into circulation later this year.

The ACT Government sought the views of Canberrans on the new slogan through the online forum ‘Your Say’. Canberrans embraced the challenge of coming up with their own ideas before a panel selected ten suitable options from which the final winner was chosen.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said he was encouraged by the enthusiasm of Canberrans who engaged in the process.

“The Government will look at further ways we can have similar discussions with the community in the future,” he said today.

Mr Barr did not believe there was any connection between the “bush capital” choice and sentiment towards the ACT Government’s economic development agenda.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr. Photo: Charlotte Harper

“I wouldn’t read too much into it,” he said. “Really, it’s a numberplate slogan.”

The new slogan and the one remaining existing slogan will streamline the numberplate system in the ACT with the other existing slogans phased out.

ONLINE VOTING RESULTS

New plate slogan:

1. CANBERRA – THE BUSH CAPITAL (1671 votes, 38%)
2. NGUNNAWAL COUNTRY (1058 votes, 24%)
3. CBR – DRIVING THE NATION (479 votes, 11%)
4. CBR – AUSTRALIA’S COOL CAPITAL (366 votes, 8%)
5. AUSTRALIA’S MEETING PLACE (315 votes, 7%)
6. CBR – FOR ALL SEASONS (140 votes, 3%)
7. CBR – GREEN AND CLEAN (118 votes, 3%)
8. CBR – CITY OF DIVERSITY (87 votes, 2%)
9. CBR – BRILLIANT POSSIBILITIES (70 votes, 2%)
10. CBR – AN ACTIVE CITY (65 votes, 1%)

Total votes : 4369

Existing plate slogan to retain:

1. CANBERRA THE NATION’S CAPITAL (2292 votes, 50%)
2. CANBERRA – HEART OF THE NATION (1101 votes, 24%)
3. PARLIAMENT HOUSE (image) (746 votes, 16%)
4. FEEL THE POWER OF CANBERRA (383 votes, 8%)
5. CANBERRA – AGE FRIENDLY CITY (45 votes, 1%)

Total votes: 4567

What’s Your opinion?


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4 Responses to
Bush Capital slogan tops ACT numberplate poll
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Rollersk8r 3:44 pm
14 Mar 17
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Definitely a case of the least worst options winning out in both new and existing categories.

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John Moulis 8:35 am
15 Mar 17
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Ben Fordham on 2GB expressed surprise at the slogan, saying Canberra wanted to be seen as a metropolis. As the person who originally suggested it I beg to disagree.

The Bush Capital is a traditional Australian depiction of Canberra. Ageless, enduring. The past and the future. It doesn’t mean Canberra is a hicksville, it merely expresses the image of a capital city which has integrated the natural landscape in its planning and everyday life.

When I saw the competition being announced I thought about what I had always known about Canberra all my life since moving here in 1970. Walking up Mt Taylor, seeing kangaroos by the road, looking out from Mt Ainslie and seeing the bushland among the buildings and houses. I thought about what would convey that, and The Bush Capital summed it all up.

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bruce_lord 8:54 pm
15 Mar 17
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John Moulis said :

Ben Fordham on 2GB expressed surprise at the slogan, saying Canberra wanted to be seen as a metropolis. As the person who originally suggested it I beg to disagree.

The Bush Capital is a traditional Australian depiction of Canberra. Ageless, enduring. The past and the future. It doesn’t mean Canberra is a hicksville, it merely expresses the image of a capital city which has integrated the natural landscape in its planning and everyday life.

When I saw the competition being announced I thought about what I had always known about Canberra all my life since moving here in 1970. Walking up Mt Taylor, seeing kangaroos by the road, looking out from Mt Ainslie and seeing the bushland among the buildings and houses. I thought about what would convey that, and The Bush Capital summed it all up.

If a 2GB shock jock doesn’t like our number plate slogan then I sincerely congratulate all the Canberrans who voted for Bush Capital getting the call 100% correct.

I think I should start living my life doing and believing in the opposite of what 2GB announcers say.

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ffisher 1:59 pm
21 Mar 17
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BUSH CAPITAL – what bush? The thing Canberra distinctly lacks is bush – it’s a very sparsley treed ‘territory’ still bearing the scars of its farming history. When the next La Niña is forecast perhaps the Government might like to go on a tree planting spree; they didn’t take advantage of the last one or a wet 2016 (which was predicted) so get planning now and set a target 2M new trees; ask the community to help. Then perhaps you could call this the BUSH CAPITAL.

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