Skip to content Skip to main navigation

Opinion

Expert strata, facilities & building management services

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.

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 9.03.40 am

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?

What’s Your opinion?


Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
46 Responses to
Canberra, the age friendly city?
dungfungus 4:11 pm 30 Jun 15

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.

Rollersk8r 4:07 pm 30 Jun 15

bryansworld 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.

How, other than by accessing a restricted database like the RTA’s or an insurer’s? Just tried mine on Google and – zilch.

The ACT rego site will tell you whether a car’s registered and who it’s insured with – but no owner details.

bryansworld 3:31 pm 30 Jun 15

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.

How, other than by accessing a restricted database like the RTA’s or an insurer’s? Just tried mine on Google and – zilch.

Evilomlap 2:04 pm 30 Jun 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?

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.

Rollersk8r 2:00 pm 30 Jun 15

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.

bryansworld 1:09 pm 30 Jun 15

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?

Funky1 12:51 pm 30 Jun 15

CANBERRA – REMEMBER THEY”RE YOUR POLITICIANS

CANBERRA – WHEN’S MY REGO DUE AGAIN?

Alexandra Craig 11:34 am 30 Jun 15

Mysteryman said :

CANBERRA – ACTUALLY A NICE PLACE

Haha, I like the idea of something like this. So many people think Canberra is boring. I reckon a lighthearted numberplate would be good. I’d totally pay the extra to get one.

Holden Caulfield 11:21 am 30 Jun 15

The CBR slogan suggested by Alexandra makes the most sense.

Mysteryman 11:21 am 30 Jun 15

CANBERRA – DEEPER IN DEBT

CANBERRA – YOU CAN’T AFFORD IT

CBR <- THAT COST $2.6M

CANBERRA – ACTUALLY A NICE PLACE

lobster 11:17 am 30 Jun 15

Remember to renew your Holden Astra rego before 24 August…

John Hargreaves 11:09 am 30 Jun 15

I’m the President of the Tuggeranong 55 Plus Club which is the seniors’ club in the Valley. We promote activity and stimulation for our members and are not a baby sitting service for old wrinklies.

We espouse activity for the mind and the body because this is the secret of eternal youth. And we proselytize through example.

What we don’t need is sloganism and opportunities for ridicule. I remember the Feel the Power plates and the ridicule I suffered when interstate. I don’t want it again.

Ageing is a mindset borne of ignorance. Sure time ravages the body but if the state of mind is young, enjoyment of life follows.

Number plates just invite ridicule.

Alexandra Craig 11:08 am 30 Jun 15

Ezy said :

CANBERRA – LEARN HOW TO MERGE

Hahahah yes, you could have so many good ones.

‘CANBERRA – RED MEANS STOP, NOT KEEP GOING’
‘CANBERRA – INDICATORS ARE THERE FOR A REASON’

Someone should make a website with a slogan generator.

Anyway, I reckon Age Friendly City is a bit dumb. Aside from making Canberra sound like somewhere you would go to die, it’s just a bit of a random thing to put on a numberplate.

There was a big push on the whole ‘#CBR – Confident. Bold. Ready.’ branding, so I’m surprised the government didn’t put that on the numberplates.

switch 10:37 am 30 Jun 15

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?

Ezy 9:17 am 30 Jun 15

CANBERRA – LEARN HOW TO MERGE

1 2 3 4

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au

Search across the site