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Lets sex up Canberra!

By Blossy 30 March 2005 34

Apparently Canberra isn’t sexy enough, according to this article. Apparently all the young people are leaving in droves, because we lack the “cultural depth” for those who are “a bit edgy”, “a bit groovy”, or who “want to road test a few relationships.”

Do you all see it like that? I love it here!

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Classified 9:35 am 28 Jul 11

mattapalooza said :

Canberra is governed by and will continue to be governed by the old fuddy duddies
I’m not too sure what it was – but i read somewhere about the fact in 2030, 60 percent of the population will be 50, 60 and above years of age.

That means currently – there’s truck loads of youth!!! And there is nothing here!!
The city IS NOT vibrant, Garema place looks like a dogs breakfast.
Theres no incentive to do anything, its a big country town that seems intent on catering to the whims of the ‘art society’ and not anyone who actually wants to enjoy themselves.

Don’t get me wrong – I love Canberra, but really. They need to do something before the city becomes any more sterile. If thats possible.

So what would like done differently?

mattapalooza 9:21 am 28 Jul 11

Canberra is governed by and will continue to be governed by the old fuddy duddies
I’m not too sure what it was – but i read somewhere about the fact in 2030, 60 percent of the population will be 50, 60 and above years of age.

That means currently – there’s truck loads of youth!!! And there is nothing here!!
The city IS NOT vibrant, Garema place looks like a dogs breakfast.
Theres no incentive to do anything, its a big country town that seems intent on catering to the whims of the ‘art society’ and not anyone who actually wants to enjoy themselves.

Don’t get me wrong – I love Canberra, but really. They need to do something before the city becomes any more sterile. If thats possible.

busgirl 9:03 am 28 Jul 11

milkman said :

Canberra’s fine. Besides, the only reason people go to so called ‘edgy’ places is to appear cool. Once you have a decent group of friends, the surroundings don’t matter so much.

Couldn’t agree with you more. Home is about community and friends…where ever that may be for any of us. After experiencing Brisbane for the past 16 months…(Trains! Who needs ’em?)…I am near busting to get back to Canberra. Not long now…hoorah!!!

milkman 7:09 pm 26 Jul 11

Canberra’s fine. Besides, the only reason people go to so called ‘edgy’ places is to appear cool. Once you have a decent group of friends, the surroundings don’t matter so much.

John Moulis 5:23 pm 26 Jul 11

A thread from 2005? When John Howard was PM and we’d never heard about climate change, carbon tax, the GFC, budget deficits, national debt, sovereign risk, and when we had stable government and serious politicians from the two major parties calling the shots both federally and Territory and not the stupid Greens and Independents.

With the crisis in confidence and national paralysis we’re experiencing at the moment, no wonder someone wanted to return to the golden era by digging up this thread.

Mysteryman said :

john87_no1 said :

I like Canberra, lived here for 15 years now, but there is really very little to do.

I have always said: Canberra is a great place to raise kids, be a kid or go to die.

I tend to think that’s the argument of a boring person. There’s a load of stuff to do here but you’ve got to go and find it/do it. If you’re a boring person it’s likely that you’ll be bored wherever you live.

Spot on. Heaps to do in Canberra and the region if you are willing to look for it.

Stevian 4:30 pm 26 Jul 11

Tom said :

If people move away Spectra, wouldn’t there be less Canberra? Less shops, less business, less incentive to stay…

You say that like it’s a bad thing

Stevian 4:29 pm 26 Jul 11

Marco said :

I dunno, might be a fair comment – where are the really cool, interesting, off-the-wall places in Canberra? I can think of plenty in Sydney, but none here.

(Don’t take this as bagging the place, I ask for information and interest).

You know where you can go, don’t you?

john87_no1 4:07 pm 26 Jul 11

p1 said :

john87_no1 said :

3 of those venues don’t exist anymore?

….but they did when JB wrote that six years ago.

Haha sorry. Didn’t see that part!

Postalgeek 3:59 pm 26 Jul 11

Disappointed. Just another thread about insecure people worried about what shallow people think.

And here was me hoping a white-collar gent’s club had opened up.

Mysteryman 3:58 pm 26 Jul 11

john87_no1 said :

I like Canberra, lived here for 15 years now, but there is really very little to do.

I have always said: Canberra is a great place to raise kids, be a kid or go to die.

I tend to think that’s the argument of a boring person. There’s a load of stuff to do here but you’ve got to go and find it/do it. If you’re a boring person it’s likely that you’ll be bored wherever you live.

p1 3:13 pm 26 Jul 11

john87_no1 said :

3 of those venues don’t exist anymore?

….but they did when JB wrote that six years ago.

john87_no1 1:59 pm 26 Jul 11

johnboy said :

Toast, Trinity, Phoenix, Hippo, Street Theatre, Green Room. Filthy’s.

What we need is a campaign to make the fun stuff accessible.

let the hidden ciy cast off its disguise.

3 of those venues don’t exist anymore? And the remaining ones you mentions give the vibe that they are trying too hard to be something they aren’t. I like Canberra, lived here for 15 years now, but there is really very little to do.

I have always said: Canberra is a great place to raise kids, be a kid or go to die.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:21 pm 26 Jul 11

braddonboy said :

So, what’s new? The right of passage when leaving school here in the 60’s and 70’s was to leave Canberra to head for more exotic places. I, and most of my mates did, and most of us eventually came back to settle.

I guess that right’s been taken away.

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