Canberra Centenary Celebrations a success says science

Barcham 9 May 2013

The ACT Government claims that 90% of you believe the centenary program is increasing your levels of community pride!

Using science!

Well surveys.

They have released a huge amount of graphs and charts that measure everything from transport use to how many kites are being flown.

“Despite the very positive anecdotal evidence about the Centenary year so far, the Government is making sure we can evaluate the program through impartial, quantitative measures, and ensure the community is getting good value for money,” the Chief Minister said.

The surveys were commissioned to draw out community sentiment towards the Centenary program and specifically to some of the key events, one conducted by Repucom and one by the University of Canberra.

The Repucom survey which was designed to gauge and understand opinions around events in Canberra and engagement with the Centenary celebrations.

Some findings included:
— 90 per cent of people believe the Centenary program is enhancing community spirit and pride
in the community;
— 88 per cent say it is important for the ACT Government to attract and secure significant events
each year, and;
— 78 per cent say it is reasonable for taxpayers’ money be used to stage these major events.
— 59 per cent of respondents had attended at least one Centenary event in the first quarter.

According to the Repucom survey, the events people have enjoyed the most are the One Day International at Manuka Oval, and the Women’s Open Golf at Royal Canberra – both with average scores of 8.1 out of 10.

The University of Canberra survey dedicated to the Big Birthday event on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, attended by over 100,000.

“We do acknowledge there were criticisms made of this event and the survey results reflect mixed views among those who went,” the Chief Minister said.

Here is Survey 1 and Survey 2.

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