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Canberra, the age friendly city?

By Steven Bailey 30 June 2015 46

Canberra - age friendly city

Slogans can be used or abused. They can encapsulate a moment in time, or they can serve as hollow reductions etched like a skid mark from the suppository of Australian political wisdom (i.e. “Stop the boats”).

In South Australia there comes a time of year where the state explodes with creativity and merriment. Rundle Mall bustles with buskers and street art, and where Canberra has a practically unfunded two-day fringe festival dovetailed by a multicultural two-day finger food festival, Adelaide’s fringe festival rages on for a good three weeks. Undoubtedly South Australia has a solid claim its number plate slogan, the festive state.

And as you leave the barren soil of inland South Australia or the Monaro Tablelands of New South Wales, the trees become taller, the foliage becomes denser and the world certainly becomes greener. With the state boasting some of the most beautiful and historic gardens, and 32 botanic gardens, Victoria will forever be the garden state in my mind.

Last week the ACT government announced, in a decisive move, a new series of number plates that will sport the slogan “Canberra – Age Friendly City”.

Minister Mick Gentleman said the new slogan promotes the ACT community’s support for positive ageing in a city where older people are respected, valued and supported to participate in their community. The decision was made in light of the World Health Organisation classifying Canberra as an age-friendly city.

If you would like to replace your standard “Y” series number plates for those with the new slogan, you can purchase replacement plates for $38.80. Residents registering their vehicles for the first time in the ACT can also choose to have no slogan, or one of the following:

  • CANBERRA – HEART OF THE NATION
  • CANBERRA THE NATION’S CAPITAL
  • FEEL THE POWER OF CANBERRA

I thought the ACT Government wanted people to think of Canberra as confident, bold and ready, brimming with innovative noodle markets and dazzling lighting exhibitions; and awash with international business opportunities and temporary villages made out of shipping containers where hip Canberrans can just hang out and be young and sexy without interruption.

The Canberra Times conducted a poll asking Canberrans what they thought of the new age-friendly city slogan. Just two per cent agreed with the statement “I think they are great. We are an age-friendly city,” while 63 per cent said “You’ve got to be joking, who would want one?”

There are many elderly Canberrans who are doing it tough in Canberra. Perhaps it’s just me, but the only purpose for having motorists sporting “age-friendly” sentiments on their number plates could be nothing more than a shallow gesture of smug self-congratulations for the political class.

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I think we’d turn the heads of our fellow Australians interstate if our slogan was: CANBERRA – THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD!

What do you think the slogan should say?


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ungruntled 11:19 pm 13 Jul 15

Don’t think I’ve seen so much Canberra bashing in one place since forever!
No wonder “the powers that be” don’t seem to be very creative in their choices across the board – public transport, health, education, number plates, city development etc. Terrified of the hyper-critical response from the “hoardes”.

curmudgery 12:42 pm 03 Jul 15

My brother (who doesn’t live here) suggests:

Canberra – World’s Largest Roundabout

oh_ 7:18 pm 02 Jul 15

Its totally out of synch with Canberras tourism and promotional branding, (CBR Confident Bold & Ready). In seriousness I like “the bush capital” or something like “cultural capital” or “smart thinking” or reflecting all the new precincts, festivals, and shrugging off all the old public service grey cardigan stereotypes, not reinforcing them! In jokes, “porn capital since 1927”, “theyre your elected members”, “jamming photocopiers since 1992″…

JC 5:45 pm 02 Jul 15

curmudgery said :

If I set up the ‘No Number Plate Slogan Party’ can I count on your support?

Why do you need a party for that? You can already get no slogan if you so wish. So pointless party too!

curmudgery 5:05 pm 02 Jul 15

If I set up the ‘No Number Plate Slogan Party’ can I count on your support?

tim_c 4:01 pm 02 Jul 15

bryansworld said :

switch said :

I still think “FEEL THE POWER OF CANBERRA” will earn your car a two bob detailing job interstate.

Btw, I thought numberplates were blurred out on RiotACT?

Why are people so obsessed with blurring out number plates? What is the risk of showing them?

Most of us show them in public – unless you’re doing something wrong, is there really anything to fear? In fact, even if you’re doing something wrong, there’s probably still little to fear… the last time I saw a police car, I was in NSW

shellcase 3:15 pm 02 Jul 15

Yep, definitely nothing more than another, hollow, meaningless gesture of smug self-congratulation for the political class. Anything to take our minds off the toy train fiasco. Mick, you’re in my sights at the next election.
Don’t have any slogan on my plates, ordered personalised jobbies. Surprised the “power of Canberra” slogan is back, it generated a lot of hostility with interstaters.

ChrisinTurner 2:43 pm 02 Jul 15

“Age Friendly”?? Capital Metro Agency say they expect people will walk up to 1.5Km to get to a tram stop but only 400 metres to a bus. I wonder if CMA will still ban buses in Northbourne, as stated in their Business Plan?

51modelBloke 2:27 pm 02 Jul 15

CANBERRA – The nanny state

gazket 9:09 pm 01 Jul 15

Canberra – Out of touch

dungfungus 6:53 pm 01 Jul 15

watto23 said :

Mysteryman said :

CANBERRA – ACTUALLY A NICE PLACE

I’m regularly fighting off the hounds on travel forums, from Australians telling people to not visit here. As far as things for tourists to do, there is plenty here. Even the cold argument loses a lot of cred, when I point out we get more sunshine in winter than Melbourne and Sydney. Yes the mornings are freezing, but most of the time you go to work that is heated. I mean Europeans and North Americans cope with snow! Canberrans get excited when snow is on the forecast.

Ah, but soon we will have a sexy Euro-tram and thousands of tourists will flock here to see it.
Who knows, they may even get a seat as not many locals will be using it.
Canberra’a Capital Metro, putting bums in seats.

dungfungus 6:50 pm 01 Jul 15

HenryBG said :

Perhaps our plates could reflect the fact that our local town council actually employs over 20,000 people, just as if it were trying to run a Greek-style economy?

Good point Henry (as always) but the defence of this high number is that the Territory also has to run health, education, policing etc. besides fixing potholes and mowing grass.
Actually, they don’t have to be run exclusively by the Territory, they could be run just as (or more) efficiently by the NSW Government.
After all, a lot of NSW people already use our services and the only compensation we receive is from health services based on some nebulous formula.
Has anyone ever done a comparative study on how much would be saved if the health, education and community policing services were integrated with those in NSW?

MERC600 4:45 pm 01 Jul 15

Rollersk8r said :

Age friendly!? Seriously!? What are we trying to say? Retain retirees? Attract new ones? Making some claim as the last city in Australia to respect its elders??

Canberra: We acknowledge people get older!
Canberra: We also have young people!
Canberra: A baby was probably born here today!

How about:

Canberra: Yes plastic bags cost money.
Canberra: Where motorists and cyclists live in perfect harmony
Canberra: Now exactly one cafe per person.

Nice one Roller “Canberra: Now exactly one cafe per person.

watto23 4:30 pm 01 Jul 15

Mysteryman said :

CANBERRA – ACTUALLY A NICE PLACE

I’m regularly fighting off the hounds on travel forums, from Australians telling people to not visit here. As far as things for tourists to do, there is plenty here. Even the cold argument loses a lot of cred, when I point out we get more sunshine in winter than Melbourne and Sydney. Yes the mornings are freezing, but most of the time you go to work that is heated. I mean Europeans and North Americans cope with snow! Canberrans get excited when snow is on the forecast.

HenryBG 4:02 pm 01 Jul 15

Perhaps our plates could reflect the fact that our local town council actually employs over 20,000 people, just as if it were trying to run a Greek-style economy?

HenryBG 4:01 pm 01 Jul 15

Winter plates:
CANBERRA – BRRRRRR!

All year-round plates:
CANBERRA – ZZZZZZZZZ

No_Nose 1:41 pm 01 Jul 15

Maybe the plates could be seasonal?

WINTER:
Canberra – Sorry, we’ve gone to Perisher

SUMMER:
Canberra- Sorry, we’ve gone to Batemans.

BenjaminRose1991 12:37 pm 01 Jul 15

CANBERRA – A ROUNDABOUT PLACE TO BE
CANBERRA – FORM ONE LANE
CANBERRA – KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING
CANBERRA – HEAR THE TYRE ROAR

Solidarity 11:48 am 01 Jul 15

Does that mean Canberra is not friendly towards people like Shane Warne, who don’t have an age?

bryansworld 10:55 am 01 Jul 15

dungfungus said :

Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

Evilomlap said :

bryansworld said :

switch said :

I still think “FEEL THE POWER OF CANBERRA” will earn your car a two bob detailing job interstate.

Btw, I thought numberplates were blurred out on RiotACT?

Why are people so obsessed with blurring out number plates? What is the risk of showing them?

They are on display anyway when you drive around, so it’s not a huge issue, but it is possible to find out someone’s identity and/or address from their licence plate number.

It used to be possible to do a rego/licence search for a fee but the privacy people have shut it down.
You may be surprised to know that everytime you have your car serviced, repaired etc. the details are logged against the vehicles VIN to a central database who sells the “history” to prospective used car buyers on the net for about $35.
I tried this service recently and it is amazing – all details in the cars service history book and other documents supplied with the car were exactly as supplied by the data base. It also logs insurance claims/repairs.

A friend services my car. Does a really good job too; likely better than many mechanics. This means though that my car doesn’t get anything recorded about its services.

I thought you used a bike.

Maybe multimodal like me.

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