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North-South Divide, or 10 things I like about…

By 22 August 2008 93

Top 10 things I like about the Northside:

– Walking up to Mt Ainslie from behind the War Memorial, particularly when the Balloons are up and there is snow on the mountains
– Dickson pool in summer
– Lonsdale St trendy shops
– Corroboree Park trees
– The Dendy
– Bollywood Marsala Indian takeaway at Dickson
– The AIS learn to swim program (I love the idea of kids learning to swim at an elite athlete college!)
– Cycling to work in 10 minutes…downhill!
– Gorman House
– Not living in Weston Creek!

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93 Responses to North-South Divide, or 10 things I like about…
#1
FC3:43 pm, 22 Aug 08

Top things I like about the southside.
– Not being northside..
– being walking distance to point hut crossing, where you AND your dog can go for a swim in summer
– Being able to watch the sunset/sunrise over the mountains
– Not living near any large flat complexes
– more affordable housing
– Vegetarian house at Tuggeranong
– quick drive to being away from any houses
– the fact that I live there makes its all the more a desirable place to live..

#2
peterh3:59 pm, 22 Aug 08

10 things I like about the southside:

- not being northside
- mates in belco can’t be bothered visiting me
- being walking distance to the burns club
- being able to go to indian affair in phillip, or have them home deliver to me.
- new stores opening in kambah – even a coffee shop!
- many other northsiders are here too
- 2 hoyts to choose from
- close to kambah home brew shop
- neighbors who are up for a chat all the time
- my house has increased in value

#3
Spitfire34:03 pm, 22 Aug 08

Canberra Stadium is a very short drive away from my and my family’s homes. Makes for a great sunday arvo.

#4
peterh4:06 pm, 22 Aug 08

Spitfire3 said :

Canberra Stadium is a very short drive away from my and my family’s homes. Makes for a great sunday arvo.

it is a short drive from my home too. tuggeranong isn’t that far, really.

#5
Cletus4:24 pm, 22 Aug 08

- Having nothing to do with the smackies in civic and adjacent suburbs
- Not living in south central charnie
- Working from my home
- National library, gallery
- Not having the 2nd rubbish dump (I mean, the new museum)
- National parks

#6
bubzie4:50 pm, 22 Aug 08

10 things i like about southside.
(Or, the first ten things that spring to mind.)

1. It’s not northside!
2. We dont have a pathetic excuse of a road called the gungahlin drive extention.
3. We’re closer to the snow.
4. We dont have Charnwood, where people get stabbed going to the local takeaway. Our only comparisation, Kambah, stuff like that doesnt happen. Clealy we’re better.
5. Where did the kangeroo cull happen? Belconnen. Down our way, that’d never happen.
6. Point Hut Crossing. It’s such a better place to watch the sunset.
7. Dendy is an overpriced consumeristic piece of shit. Hoyts is cheaper!
8. The tuggeranong parkway is named after Tuggeranong. Not Belconnen. Clearly whoever named it was a southsider?
9. We have only one Krispy Kreme, compared to the two that you lot have. So, clearly, we like our arteries the way they are over here more.
10. We’re not as close to frigging queanbeyan as nothside is!

#7
Granny4:52 pm, 22 Aug 08

Yankee Doodle versus Johnny Reb

#8
NH5:06 pm, 22 Aug 08

Northside is good because:

It has an arcade
Theres lots of nice places to eat
Its easier to get to most events/friends from (nearly everyone I know seems to be a Northsider)
More happens
Less bogans

Southside is good because:

Kambah Village has metal sheep and its handy
There are lots of ovals and nice places to walk
Close to Woden and Tugg shopping centres
Less yuppies

#9
peterh5:11 pm, 22 Aug 08

NH said :

Northside is good because:

It has an arcade
Theres lots of nice places to eat
Its easier to get to most events/friends from (nearly everyone I know seems to be a Northsider)
More happens
Less bogans

Southside is good because:

Kambah Village has metal sheep and its handy
There are lots of ovals and nice places to walk
Close to Woden and Tugg shopping centres
Less yuppies

northside has less bogans??

where are you living??

#10
NH5:20 pm, 22 Aug 08

Well, good point. They are pretty much everywhere. Kambah and Weston Creek are brimming with bogans and so is Civic.
Can you guess where I live :D

#11
peterh5:24 pm, 22 Aug 08

NH said :

Well, good point. They are pretty much everywhere. Kambah and Weston Creek are brimming with bogans and so is Civic.
Can you guess where I live :D

bogan capital is still charnwood. being stabbed over a bbq chook – absolute boganity.

um, northside?

#12
NH5:30 pm, 22 Aug 08

They have the Charny Carny though…

CHARNY CARNY!

#13
Jack Dorf5:41 pm, 22 Aug 08

It’s all northside really.
One is the fantastic northside of Canberra and the other is the dreary northside of Cooma.

#14
peterh5:43 pm, 22 Aug 08

Jack Dorf said :

It’s all northside really.
One is the fantastic northside of Canberra and the other is the dreary northside of Cooma.

fantastic northside of canberra?

really, if it was so great, i would have stayed there.

so would my parents.

but no, we all moved as soon as possible to the friendly southside.

#15
lux5:53 pm, 22 Aug 08

I fail to see the legitimacy of this argument. Northsiders want to lord it over Southsiders because “we have Gorman House”? Southsiders prefer it because “we have two Hoyts to choose from”???

Christ, you don’t own something because it’s on your side of the lake. Canberra’s really not that big, and we have those things…. um…. what are they called? Oh yeah, Bridges, that enable the fine folk from the North to visit the South (and vice versa) any time they like, at minimal cost to their petrol budget and time schedule.

#16
astrojax6:03 pm, 22 Aug 08

Less bogans

that’d be ‘fewer’…

northside also has a suburb called ‘kenny’. how aussie is that!

and mt ainslie. s’nice.

#17
bigred6:06 pm, 22 Aug 08

don’t forget Dickson Woolies is on the northside.

#18
cranky6:17 pm, 22 Aug 08

Kenny, Bruce, Kaleen and the best burnout tyres made, Dunlop.

Sheesh, how bogan does it get?

#19
Holden Caulfield6:26 pm, 22 Aug 08

I just like being closer to Civic.

#20
realityskin7:17 pm, 22 Aug 08

rosebud sounds like a pretentious serial inner north renter

#21
rosebud8:16 pm, 22 Aug 08

10 things that, are, well, OK I suppose if you really push me, about the southside.

Closer to the snow.
Ummmmmmm.
Not Queanbeyan.

Help?

#22
kittycat8:53 pm, 22 Aug 08

Lets face it. Canberra is full of bogans ( knocking off work in flouro vests )…who cares what side of town you live on??. Though, i am loyal to the inner north (not that it was, when i was growing up in Downer!!) I cant believe that this stupid debate , “over the bridge” like Sydney has become a Canberra thing. Manuka & Kingston are boring & over rated. Dickson is where all the action is!!

#23
Cletus10:00 pm, 22 Aug 08

rosebud: help? Uh, you got plenty of help from other posters, if you’d care to read them!

It’s funny, inner north yuppies always equate southside with Tuggeranong, and conveniently forget about Belconnen and Gungahlin. Inner south suburbs are much like inner north, without the traffic congestion or smackies.

#24
bd8410:39 pm, 22 Aug 08

Ah the north side.. affectionately known as the dark side.

I had the pleasure (or lack of) of going to smellconnen for work in the last week. I have come to the conclusion that it’s overtaken Tuggeranong in the young teenage mother and kids wagging stakes. There were more kids than adults in the mall in the middle of the day and I counted at least 6 teen mothers, when I’d be lucky to could 3 or 4 in the Hyperdome, what’s been happening in the con lately??!

I do have to say I haven’t been to Queanbeyan in a fairly long time, so I can’t make comparisions as to whether the dark side has become worse than there..

#25
huwr10:40 pm, 22 Aug 08

Ten things I like about Brocolli

- It’s green
- It’s delicious
- It’s good for you
- You can pretend you are big mean monster that’s eating trees
- It stir fries really well
- It’s cheaper than meat
- It’s suitable for just about every mean
- It doesn’t stain
- Eating it will make you big and strong
- Less bogans.

#26
Mælinar - *spoiler 11:01 pm, 22 Aug 08

1. I’ve been up looking for dead people at Point Hut Crossing
2. I’ve watched the sun rise over a snowy ridge (and summarily go down) while looking for dead people.
3. I’ve done more forensic searches at flat complexes Southside
4. Your pathetic excuse of a road is called Tharwa Bridge
5. Your closer to the snow
6. They can’t afford knives at Lanyon, you know thats not because they aren’t bogans, its because they are poor bogans
7. In Belconnen, there was no kangaroo protest. Some hippies came up from Southside and made a fuss, and then got into their pajeros and landcruisers and drove home and didn’t see the irony of the situation
8. You can call the parkway whatever you like, no northsider needs to drive on it
9. You have the Hyperdome – what the ?
10. Don’t open the temporal gate. There’s so many more items, us northsiders might raise the stakes and start listing them in 20′s.

#27
26041:28 am, 23 Aug 08

Cletus said :

Inner south suburbs are much like inner north, without the traffic congestion or smackies.

Man, you should come to Kingston occasionally! Smackies, vandalism, and crime (both violent and petty) in abundance! I also house-sat in Red Hill last year and saw more of the same while walking the dog around the suburb – esp. around the shops.

Not sure why people automatically equate the Inner South with a good quality of life, either. While it’s conveniently-located, and awfully trendy for the eating-grey-poupon-in-Manuka set, I would hate to be raising kids here.

#28
Matto4:24 am, 23 Aug 08

Nice one Mælinar. Sux you have to spend so much time down there. But at least it’s not happening in our neck of the woods, Charnie excluded. And that was in broad day/nightlight, so it doesn’t count.

#29
gun street girl9:12 am, 23 Aug 08

2604 said :

Cletus said :

Inner south suburbs are much like inner north, without the traffic congestion or smackies.

Man, you should come to Kingston occasionally! Smackies, vandalism, and crime (both violent and petty) in abundance! I also house-sat in Red Hill last year and saw more of the same while walking the dog around the suburb – esp. around the shops.

Not sure why people automatically equate the Inner South with a good quality of life, either. While it’s conveniently-located, and awfully trendy for the eating-grey-poupon-in-Manuka set, I would hate to be raising kids here.

Would you rather raise them next door to the likes of Ainslie Village or Havelock House…?

Seriously – both inner North and South have their fair share of public housing shockers – it’s not as though all the smackies live on one side of the bridge.

#30
Spitfire39:17 am, 23 Aug 08

Both sides have bogans and yuppies, well outnumbered by normal people. Both sides have great restaurants, tourist attractions, and multiple cinemas. Both sides are surrounded by incredible countryside. Both sides have leafy suburbs blessed with wonderful birdlife, and both sides have sheep sculptures.

Both sides have ‘supporters’ who think support is better performed by insulting the other rather than promoting your own.

The south side of Canberra is very nice. I would rather live on the south side of Canberra than anywhere else, except… the north side.

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