20 September 2018

Local college students to be voice of first 13 light rail stops

| Lachlan Roberts
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Local college students will be the voice of the first 13 light rail stops. File photo

Year 11 and 12 students from the four colleges along stage one of Canberra’s Light Rail route have an opportunity to be chosen as the voice of light rail.

Students from Gungahlin College, Daramalan College, Merici College and Dickson College are auditioning for the pre-recorded public announcements of the 13 light rail stops.

Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris said that the vision is for the ‘voices’ of the announcements to belong to students of the school who have supported the light rail project throughout construction.

“We are very excited to be partnering with these schools and the students so they can be part of this historic moment in Canberra,” Ms Fitzharris said.

“This is a great opportunity for local students to get involved and become one of the voices of our future public transport system.”

From the submitted recordings, a shortlist of eight voices will be chosen to compete in the final audition and the finalists will be invited to attend a special live reading in front of a judging panel.

The judging panel will include representatives from Transport Canberra, Canberra Metro Operations, Canberra FM, Canberra Weekly and Guide Dogs ACT.

Between two and four students will be selected and the winners’ voices will be then be recorded for the official light rail announcements at a later date, ready for the start of operations.

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Queanbeyanite8:22 pm 27 Sep 18

Just as well, their grandchildren will still be paying off the loan in 2080…

As a regular visitor to Ghent Belgium I use the great light rail system there. The stop announcements are normally in proper Flemish Dutch but during the Ghent music festival (Genste Feesten) in July the announcements are made in strong Ghentian dialect for two weeks.
Quite amusing to listen to.
Maybe a similar approach could be done for the Canberra light rail during special events.
Boganese for the Summernats, or something florally for Floriade?

Capital Retro6:07 pm 23 Sep 18

Or something colourful for Andrew Barr?

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