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The Centenary wants to know what you like about Canberra?

By johnboy - 23 October 2012 32

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The Centenary folk are kicking off a social media campaign to get us all waving our pom poms for Canberra:

While the ACT election may be over, Canberrans are being urged to vote just one more time – to nominate their favourite thing about Canberra.

On the eve of Canberra’s 2013 Centenary the search has begun for the top 100 reasons why locals like Canberra.

This big Centenary community engagement campaign, which starts tomorrow, is inspired by one simple premise – Canberrans do like Canberra, they just don’t know how to express it.

“As we head into the Centenary year we feel it is important to build some community pride,” said Jeremy Lasek, Executive Director of the Centenary of Canberra.

You can express your likes on a website, facebook, or Twitter.

But make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments here.

What’s Your opinion?


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32 Responses to
The Centenary wants to know what you like about Canberra?
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poetix 9:32 am
23 Oct 12
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Well if we ‘don’t know how to express it’, dear Centenary People, why ask us to express ourselves? Look, I’ll try…

“I like the cockatoos.”

Gosh!

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Jerry Atric 9:52 am
23 Oct 12
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Who will be the first person to quote Dame Edna? “I like Canberra because it is so convenient. In ten minutes you can be in Australia.”

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Postalgeek 9:58 am
23 Oct 12
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I like magpies. And mountain biking.

And turtles.

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joingler 10:14 am
23 Oct 12
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I like Canberras location – If I want to go away for the weekend, Sydney, the coast and the snow are all a short drive (or bus trip) away. Melbourne is only a day drive as well.

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p1 10:14 am
23 Oct 12
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Canberra, the things that make me think this place is the best in the world to live*, summed up by singling out one thing. How hard can that be?

A short list:
– Granite
– Kangaroos
– big chunks of nothing right between town centres
– all the important services of a big city
– that (sometimes annoying) everyone knows the same people thing

But really, for me it is more about the combination of all those, and the mundane qualities – roads, garbage collection, running water – which push it to the top.

* – for me at this time in my life. Results may vary.

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p1 10:16 am
23 Oct 12
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Postalgeek said :

I like magpies. And mountain biking.

And turtles.

Ooohhh, I’ll add those first two to my short list.

I like turtles too, but they aren’t a reason I specifically like Canberra.

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Tymefor 10:32 am
23 Oct 12
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I have always liked Canberra for what it doesn’t have. No pollution,traffic or very many crimes.

I have, also, always loved the rivalry between the north and south sides of Canberra. Many laughs and fierce competition on trivia nights, sports and housing prices. I would love if there was some sort of organised competitions between the two for the centenary.

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martin75 10:45 am
23 Oct 12
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‘LIKE Canberra’ wow we are really pushing the boundaries with this old idea. New York had ‘I (love heart) New York’ about 30 years ago. Now we have watered that down to ‘LIKE Canberra’, i wonder how focus groups it went through?

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HenryBG 11:14 am
23 Oct 12
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I like the way our Rates are going to triple.

…and the fact we elect to our Town Council, not people who intend to govern our services well, but rather people who subscribe to party-political ideology and for whom good governance is (sometimes, when we’re lucky) an after-thought.

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joingler 11:46 am
23 Oct 12
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HenryBG said :

I like the way our Rates are going to triple.

…and the fact we elect to our Town Council, not people who intend to govern our services well, but rather people who subscribe to party-political ideology and for whom good governance is (sometimes, when we’re lucky) an after-thought.

Quit whinging. I’d much rather live in Canberra than pretty much any other city in Australia.

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p1 1:41 pm
23 Oct 12
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HenryBG said :

I like the way our Rates are going to triple.

…and the fact we elect to our Town Council, not people who intend to govern our services well, but rather people who subscribe to party-political ideology and for whom good governance is (sometimes, when we’re lucky) an after-thought.

Yeah, it is worse then every other town in Aust where you have to elect both a state government (people who subscribe to party-political ideology and for whom good governance is (sometimes, when we’re lucky) an after-thought) AND a town council (who usually do an okay job of providing basic municipal services, but people always whinge about potholes and high rates anyway).

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tomkat 1:46 pm
23 Oct 12
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Honestly Martin75? I was actually thinking that it was a nice idea to take that love NY thing and make it into a more modern Like Canberra. So, yep, I actually just thought, it’s about time we did something like this as a city.

I am also not usually a fan of government stuff but I liked the sentiments in the press release. Actually quite refreshing honesty from a government dude that explains the why of the campaign quite well.

Anyways, I jumped onto the website ready to put my two cents worth in and the funniest thing happened, as I went to key in my stuff, I got cold feet. I have decided that I want to think about this a lot more. I do want to help get this list of 100 things right.

Hey, BTW, does anyone know what is going to happen with the list. I hope it’s not just going to be just on a website. It would be good if the CT or someone published it as a big page – I would definitely stick that in my dunny for my interstate guests who like to diss on Canberra.

A good idea I think and I think Martin75 needs to join in and not be so cynical

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martin75 3:25 pm
23 Oct 12
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#tomkat if you think ‘LIKE Canberra’ isn’t a watered down version of ‘I (love) NY’, that’s great for you.

I personally think of all the unique and clever marketing ideas out there this doesn’t come close.

Happy to be proved wrong.

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Masquara 5:33 pm
23 Oct 12
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The Canberra Centenary people don’t understand Canberra.

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Lookout Smithers 8:56 pm
23 Oct 12
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I like the unmatched A1 level of services available to the community. The low level of crime and the transparency of the executive and judicial powers due to the city being a small area which has its own government. It is also the home of the country’s worst newspaper, sadly.

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