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No end of silly ideas for Centenary of Canberra

By johnboy - 5 December 2005 13

Despite questioning the sponsorship of the submissions process, I was very interested in the Chief Minister’s media release on the ideas received to date.

Every loony out there pushing their own barrow, but some real prize screwball stuff too.

These ideas included a proposal to nominate Canberra for World Heritage listing in 2013, a proposal for an International Corroboree, an International Garden Festival and an International Air Show.

There were plenty of ideas for lasting legacies too, ranging from a new convention centre and a performing arts centre to a monument to Walter Burley Griffin and a sculpture garden.”

ABC TV news was also reporting on a mad plan for a beach with imported sand (of which we have many already) and a wave pool attached to a six star hotel (as if Ritz-Carlton are going to want to put their brand on that).

But never fear if you missed out on the madness. The logo competition doesn’t end till the 21st.

What’s Your opinion?


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13 Responses to
No end of silly ideas for Centenary of Canberra
ssanta 12:33 pm 06 Dec 05

How about a Burmese style change of location for Canberra?

Tumut…. here we come!

Evictor 12:21 pm 06 Dec 05

They could use the centenary to open that new dragway they keep banging on about. They could christen the opening by having a race between one of the hyper-speed Belconnen to Civic in 2 minute Action buses and a trial light-rail system running on a track parallel to the dragstrip. We could settle the argument once and for all …

Maelinar 11:21 am 06 Dec 05

and as a warning to small children….

DT 11:20 am 06 Dec 05

I like the idea for a beach. Paris does it every year on the banks of the Seine and it’s a great success. When they’re done, they donate the sand to playgrounds throughout the city that need a top-up. Have to agree that the wave pool etc is going a little far, though . . .

Thumper 11:17 am 06 Dec 05

A giant Rio style statue of the Comrade gazing down beneolently upon his subjects from Mount Ainslie…

And it could be lit at night as an airline warning beacon.

RandomGit 10:16 am 06 Dec 05

A statue of a Blue Whale with a rainbow scarf clutching a land deed in it’s flipper.

Nik_the_Pig 10:09 am 06 Dec 05

Forget the Sun Ripened mob, remember the ballot paper with the Let’s have a Party Party, candidate Amanda Call (or as per the paper with surnames first; Call, Amanda)!

Classic Canberra humour!

Mr Evil 10:06 am 06 Dec 05

Maybe we’ll actually get to see the Red Bull air race in Canberra after all!

Denis Stevenson was Mr Flouride I believe. He was also known for going out to Summernats with his video to film the strippers so he could complain about how bad the event was!!!!

Ralph 9:37 am 06 Dec 05

Was Dennis Stephenson the nut job who managed to stop flouride being put in our water for a short period of time?

Evictor 8:50 am 06 Dec 05

I think some sort of exhibit to our political pioneers. A Denis Stephenson Memorial Hall. Or the Sun Ripened Warm Tomato Party Gardens.

So many memories …

Ari 8:36 am 06 Dec 05

I reckon they should explosively demolish the National Museum.

Ralph 6:59 am 06 Dec 05

White elephant.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 12:05 am 06 Dec 05

I remember submitting a suggestion that all past and present chief ministers spend the day standing on top of each other on top of the City Hill flagpole.

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