18 March 2023

Probing the polls: Multiculti growing pains and cheaper food at the footy

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Would a pie that’s cheap as chips get you back to Bruce? Photo: File.

It may be attended by about two-thirds of the whole Canberra population, but readers don’t necessarily think the gigantic Multicultural Festival has outgrown the city centre.

The much-loved event returned after a prolonged pandemic absence, and while the event spread over a greater area of the city this year, there were some concerns that with a record-smashing attendance of around 350,000, it may just be too big for Civic’s infrastructure.

We asked Has the Multicultural Festival outgrown Civic? A total of 857 readers voted.

Your choices were No, I love the vibe, it just needs to be more spread out. This received 64 per cent of the total, or 549 votes. Alternatively, you could vote Yes, the CBD can’t cope with a massive festival. This received 36 per cent of the total, or 308 votes.

This week we’re wondering what, if anything, will bring you back to football during a Canberra winter.

The ACT Government has announced the cost of food and drink at Brumbies’ and Raiders’ matches at Bruce Stadium will drop by a dollar. The hope is this will entice families especially to come back to the stands to cheer on Canberra’s sports teams.

There’s more than one reason why people don’t flock to Bruce to sit outside in temperatures than struggle to hit double figures.

Ticket prices play a role, parking (and leaving the venue) can be a hassle, and being able to comfortably watch games from the warmth of your own lounge room all conspire together to draw people away from the turnstiles.

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So would cheaper chips or a well-priced pie motivate you to get out there and wave the flag for the Raiders or the Brumbies?

“Cost of parking there is ridiculous. $10 on top of everything else is a bit rich,” said Richard Wilcoxson, while Ian Gerathy commented, “I’ve had a Chiko Roll on lay-buy at Bruce Stadium since 2017”.

David Jones had a much larger solution, writing, “Build a new stadium with a retractable roof at Southwell Park alongside the netball and hockey centres. Would cater to League, Union and Soccer and could be used for concerts. Lines up with the light rail project. Build shops, motels etc in the space around it and it’ll pay for itself. Should be a no-brainer.”

Our question this week is:

Will cheaper food lure you back to live footy?

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