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ACT chipping in for the Queen

By johnboy - 14 May 2012 16

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced what we’re doing to celebrate the former Mully Cup winner Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

“The Diamond Jubilee is an historic occasion, and earlier this year the Prime Minister announced a number of initiatives to mark the event including; the lighting of a beacon on top of Parliament House on 4 June; the renaming of Parkes Place to Queen Elizabeth Terrace, development of a Queens’s Birthday stamp, issuing of a coin by the Australian Mint; staging a national Jubilee essay competition and creation of a women’s leadership scholarship,” the Chief Minister said.

The Prime Minister also wrote to me asking that the ACT Government consider matching the Commonwealth’s $5 million contribution to the Trust, on a per capita basis.

“As such, I am pleased to be able to announce that on behalf of the Canberra community, the ACT Government will make a significant contribution with $100,000 to be given to the Trust,” the Chief Minister said.

“Funds raised through the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust will be used to invest in projects that will make a real and lasting impact on the lives of people throughout the Commonwealth, so we are really pleased to be able to contribute in lieu of a gift,” the Chief Minister said.

There’s also going to be a Diamond Jubilee event in Floriade which should thrill the wrinklies.

Considering we already have Queen Elizabeth Terrace in Parliament House there’s going to be some potential for confusion.

I wonder what Jon Stanhope thinks?

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ACT chipping in for the Queen
Primal 9:55 am 15 May 12

davo101 said :

Primal said :

It’s a matching non-specific set with King Edward Tce, Queen Victoria Tce and King George Tce. And it’s not as if Canberra has ever hesitated to bestow unnecessarily-specific street names…

I read those as Edward I and George I.

PS: Remind me again: when did Queen Victoria II reign?

2148-2155, before her life was cruelly cut short by the reptoid invasion. Who says our governments aren’t thinking ahead?

davo101 9:20 am 15 May 12

nsn said :

Yes, I can see how that will cause confusion:
“Where is the National Library?”
“On Queen Elizabeth Terrace.”
“Do you mean the street, or the outdoor dining area at Parliament House?”

I must be such a hydrologist, I would describe the National Library as being on the southern shore of the lake.

davo101 9:18 am 15 May 12

Primal said :

It’s a matching non-specific set with King Edward Tce, Queen Victoria Tce and King George Tce. And it’s not as if Canberra has ever hesitated to bestow unnecessarily-specific street names…

I read those as Edward I and George I.

PS: Remind me again: when did Queen Victoria II reign?

trevar 8:12 am 15 May 12

nobody said :

We could give her an Australian Republic for her Jubilee.

+1… but I think the symbolism of replacing the name of Henry Parkes, the most prominent republican in the nation’s history, with the name of a foreign queen gives a firm indication on where that argument sits with GovCo…

Deref 7:19 am 15 May 12

Bugger that. She’s never bothered to send me a birthday card.

dvaey 1:23 am 15 May 12

nsn said :

Considering we already have Queen Elizabeth Terrace in Parliament House there’s going to be some potential for confusion.

Yes, I can see how that will cause confusion:
“Where is the National Library?”
“On Queen Elizabeth Terrace.”
“Do you mean the street, or the outdoor dining area at Parliament House?”

Where do you get a GPS that can differentiate between the two streets with such detail? I was going to wonder if they might rename the one near Parliament to ‘Parkes Way’ but there already exists a ‘Parkes Place’ coming off King Edward Terrace.

methinks they made some announcements without actually looking into the situation fully… nah, GovCo would never do that..

Here_and_Now 7:18 pm 14 May 12

[i]Considering we already have Queen Elizabeth Terrace in Parliament House there’s going to be some potential for confusion.[/i]

I sometimes wonder if visitors (or indeed locals) get confused with things not being in their namesake suburbs: Chisholm Street in Ainslie (not Chisholm), Chapman Street in Braddon (not Chapman), Phillip Avenue in Latham (not Phillip), and so on…

Mind you, I doubt Canberra’s the only city that does it. It’s probably just the only one I’m familiar enough with suburbs and streets to notice.

nobody 6:28 pm 14 May 12

We could give her an Australian Republic for her Jubilee.

nsn 5:27 pm 14 May 12

Considering we already have Queen Elizabeth Terrace in Parliament House there’s going to be some potential for confusion.

Yes, I can see how that will cause confusion:
“Where is the National Library?”
“On Queen Elizabeth Terrace.”
“Do you mean the street, or the outdoor dining area at Parliament House?”

Primal 5:09 pm 14 May 12

davo101 said :

Shouldn’t that be Queen Elizabeth II Terrace? Unless it is meant to commemorate the last Tudor monarch or perhaps the Queen mum?

It’s a matching non-specific set with King Edward Tce, Queen Victoria Tce and King George Tce. And it’s not as if Canberra has ever hesitated to bestow unnecessarily-specific street names…

Mysteryman 4:33 pm 14 May 12

I wonder what Jon Stanhope thinks?

Who gives a toss what he thinks? The sooner we forget him, the better.

poetix 4:19 pm 14 May 12

Women’s leadership: have blue blood and no brothers.

davo101 4:13 pm 14 May 12

the renaming of Parkes Place to Queen Elizabeth Terrace.

Shouldn’t that be Queen Elizabeth II Terrace? Unless it is meant to commemorate the last Tudor monarch or perhaps the Queen mum?

schmeah 3:20 pm 14 May 12

Oh my giddy aunt, a coin, a beacon AND a stamp .. life would be so boring without Queenie!

trevar 3:11 pm 14 May 12

I for one am very pleased with the announcement that there will be a special coin minted. My hope is that it will have the old bird’s head on both sides for obvious reasons…

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