Chief Minister Gallagher is calling it quits on the Centenary, perhaps unable to muster any enthusiasm for the last weeks of the year:
Following more than 1000 community events ranging from a major fireworks display on the ‘very big day’ in March to the parties at the shops across Canberra, Canberra’s Centenary celebrations are coming to a close, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, said today.
“It’s been a diverse year of fun events which have brought our community closer together but also a year of learning about how our city has grown over the past 100 years since it was established as the national capital in 1913,” the Chief Minister said.
“I have particularly enjoyed attending events where I have had a chance to hear the stories of Canberrans including those who have lived here for 100 years as well as those who have moved here in more recent times.
Everyone has a unique and interesting story to tell but the consistent message in most of those stories is the pride we have developed for our city.”
The year began with two exhibitions, one at Parliament House and the other on top of Mt Stromlo, and today we finish off the program with the official opening of Stage 2 of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and the final community event – the Ancestors picnic.
The Chief Minister said the program for the centenary year had aimed to provide something for all Canberrans.
“We live in one of Australia’s most diverse communities and I was pleased to see that the program for the centenary provided opportunities for all Canberrans to take part in a festival or event that aligned with their unique interest,” the Chief Minister said.