Canberrans have really gone for ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s challenge to come up with a new slogan for the Territory’s numberplates, though perhaps not quite in the spirit he had hoped.
There are two Twitter hashtags doing the rounds this morning: #newACTplates and #CBRnumberplates
Among the Twitterati’s suggestions so far are: Canberra: An Oasis In A Lockout Law Desert; Canberra: “Six suburbs in search of a city”; Canberra: we have a red caravan that makes burgers, but it’s always too busy to get one. Lol.; Canberra: Wombat attack capital of Australia; and APS 4 in the streets, EL2 in the sheets.
Here’s a visual sample of the fun:
Here’s our earlier story explaining what Mr Barr’s callout is all about:
Numberplate slogans Feel the power of Canberra and Celebration of a century may be on the way out as the ACT Government looks to update and streamline the number of slogans on offer, and Canberrans can have a say on what replaces them.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr is inviting resident of all ages to submit ideas for new slogans.
“We’re all proud of our city and we love to show this no matter where we are travelling, either in the ACT or elsewhere in Australia, and our numberplate slogans reflect this,” Mr Barr said.
“I’m asking Canberrans to get their creative thinking caps on and submit some fantastic ideas for a new numberplate slogan.”
Currently in circulation are the following options:
- CANBERRA THE NATIONS CAPITAL
- CANBERRA – HEART OF THE NATION
- CELEBRATION OF A CENTURY
- CANBERRA – AGE FRIENDLY CITY
- FEEL THE POWER OF CANBERRA
- PARLIAMENT HOUSE (image)
- No Slogan
The first five are still being distributed, with ‘CANBERRA THE NATIONS CAPITAL’ overwhelming the most popular.
Canberrans will have the opportunity to submit their slogan or slogans on the ACT Your Say website between today and October 14.
“You’re only limited by your imagination and the number of characters that can fit on an ACT numberplate,” Mr Barr said.
“It’s amazing what you can say in 30 characters or less. If you need inspiration, see what others have used around the world or get together with family and friends and brainstorm ideas.”
Slogans that are deemed offensive by the panel of judges assessing submissions will not be considered.
The panel will narrow down the field of slogan ideas before the Government invites Canberrans to vote on their favourite new numberplate slogan. In the same voting process, residents will be asked to vote on which current slogan they would like to retain.