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Some people do like Canberra

By johnboy - 10 March 2007 40

Not everyone is down on Canberra. Found on YouTube is a year 10 student’s slideshow of the best time of her life, a high school trip to Canberra:

Now her idea of Canberra seems to be limited to the national institutions, but I think that’s something we all need to get our heads around. Anyway it may be a bit schmaltzy but it’ll probably make you smile.

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Some people do like Canberra
lateralis 4:53 pm 11 Mar 07

I grew up in Canberra, moved away at age 20 (as soon as I could) then over a period of 10-15 years, living in other people’s ideas of paradise (Nthn NSW, Whitsundays etc), realised how much canberra has to offer.
If you are born here, the buzz you get from a brilliant blue skied, crisp winter’s morning, is just perfect.
Places that are nice for holidays can end up annoying you for other reasons (lack of facilties, rednecks who vote Liberal/National etc.
Meconium it’s time to visit that greener grass before you return to the green green grass of home. Aahhhh.

I-filed 11:08 am 11 Mar 07

Does anyone care about snide remarks about Canberra? They’re lways from Sydneysiders or further north. Melburnian and Canberran cultures get along fine, always have. Who cares what the Sydney Morning Zsa Zsa brigade have to say about us?

OpenYourMind 8:45 am 11 Mar 07

This is fantastic.
It’s great to see a story here once in a while that isn’t just filled up with negative, cynical, snide remarks.

Canberra is a fantastic city to live in. There’s always things that could and should be improved, but we need to recognise and celebrate the things that make Canberra special.

morto1980 12:04 am 11 Mar 07

I forgot to mention in my essay: 😉

If you don’t enjoy it here maybe you should try somewhere else. I didn’t like Sydney and like Canberra better. I think I might prefer Melbourne to Sydney. Different horses for different courses I guess.

Just don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your opinion is the only opinion (as a lot of people everywhere do – Canberrans, Sydneysiders and Melbournians). The amount of times I’ve heard Sydney people rubbish Melbourne and vice versa is amazing.

Pandy 11:43 pm 10 Mar 07


morto1980 11:36 pm 10 Mar 07

I seriously don’t understand people who define themselves by where they live. Think of all the people that have contributed something great to society (or that you personally respect) – do you even know where they live? Should you care? Geography has nothing to do with it.

I like Canberra because the air is clean, there aren’t swarms of people everywhere you go (acting stupidly as only swarms of people can), there isn’t a lot of traffic (and if you choose to ride a bike you don’t risk your life… as much) AND it isn’t too far to Sydney for when you feel you need a dose of the big city. (Or the coast if you need to get to the beach)

Sure we don’t have beaches – that isn’t my cup of tea anyway. I lived in Southern Sydney (10 mins away from Cronulla) for over a year and only made the drive there a few times. When I did it was packed which made it hard to enjoy anyway. I hear there are a bunch of dickheads starting riots there now. FUN! On two seperate occassions we went for nights out at Bondi and Manly and both times witnessed violent assaults on seemingly innocent people. Friendly. Oh yeah – and gang rapes. Sounds like a great place to bring up a family.

Maybe we don’t want the kind of people here that think the bigger cities are the business.

I’ve always found that with a few decent hobbies, good friends and a net connection you can live pretty much anywhere and have a great time. Stop expecting the place you live to entertain you and find something to do yourself. If you think Canberra is seriously missing something, kick it off here. Just look at Gus’ for an example: You might even get Canberran of the year! 🙂 Or I guess you could winge and leave.

Now for the things that could be improved:
Canberra does seem to have a very homogenous population. Lots of families and public servants. Shops open at 9 and close at 5. This gives it a slightly empty and dead feeling after hours. I’m not sure if this can be changed without losing some of the good points. Uni students help (since they have different schedules and tend to be active after-hours) – perhaps the work linking Civic & ANU will help?

Public transport really needs to be worked on. I still can’t believe that our capital city does not have a rail network (even just linking the town centers).

Putting the parkway between the lake & civic was a really bad idea. It segregates the lake from the CBD for foot traffic (although they probably are too far apart anyhow). I realise they’re working towards re-vitalising Civic and the lakefront but I’m not sure what will fill in all the empty space….

Wow. Long post. 😉

joeyjo 11:33 pm 10 Mar 07

Personally I think we need to ban the media from referring to “Canberra” when they mean “parliament”

Ingeegoodbee 11:33 pm 10 Mar 07

Oh god where to start!

– Great mountain biking;
– clients with deep pockets;
– good trout streams within easy reach;
– everythings an easy drive from anywhere;
– half decent access to hospital emergency (good thing if you’re a mountain biker);
– houses with views for under half a million;

Even the street kids here have orthodontic hardware – no shit, I got stopped by a guy needing change for the bus/drugs/pimp/booze/etc not a week ago and he was wearing fifteen grands worth of correctional metal work … ahh, we’ve got nothing to complain about if the god-damn street kids are getting dental treatment like that!

joeyjo 11:22 pm 10 Mar 07

– Not as crowded as Sydney/Melbourne. This is a real selling point for me.
– Much much easier to drive around than Sydney (two way streets wide enough to fit 2 cars alongside each other)
– Every house has a parking spot and a backyard of some kind.
– The commute to work doesn’t take up half my day
– Mountain biking!
– Abundance of jobs that offer flex time
– Close to the south coast and to Sydney for visiting family, holidays or whatever
– Facilities, shops, culture, etc are actually pretty good.
– Home to Riotact 🙂

Meconium 10:32 pm 10 Mar 07

I challenge all RiotACTors to fill this thread with stories of what’s good about Canberra, in order to help me rediscover the joy of living in this town.

Earlier this year I made a bunch of friends in O’Connor and found the student community in that area to be thriving, and it was a real joy to go to pubs and parties there. I’ve since lost that excitement and feel it’s time to escape. But if any native Canberrans or satisfied immigrants could post inspirational comments like the one above, this town and I will be grateful.

Ruby Wednesday 9:32 pm 10 Mar 07

I’m quite new to Canberra, having moved here from Brisbane, and I have to say that I absolutely love it. I would love it more if housing wasn’t so expensive, but being able to get to work in under half an hour even during peak hour is wonderful. It’s a very clean city and driving through the paddocks to get home (I live in Belconnen) reminds me of growing up in the bush. I really don’t see why people have it in for Canberra. My partner and I would choose to live here over Brisbane any day of the week. (And summer was not unbearably hot, which was a huge bonus.)

Meconium 8:57 pm 10 Mar 07

Uplifting as this slideshow is (not) I think it’s pretty pathetic that this is the first instance we’ve seen of outsiders showing an interest in this town. And it’s not like we’re a country town in the middle of nowhere, this is the capital city. Maybe there’s a reason Canberrans are the butt of jokes from all around the country; the same reason we’re all sensitive to this criticism, and why the Prime Minister and most politicians refuse to live here. I’m going to have to move away, live somewhere else for an extended period of time… when I find out if we’re missing out on anything, I’ll let you all know what’s wrong with this place. But then I suppose I’ll be seen as an outsider who doesn’t understand the fabric of what makes people want to live here…

Ari 6:22 pm 10 Mar 07

Well, I’m sure AD’s mum knows.

Mr Evil 5:45 pm 10 Mar 07

Ari, what are you trying to say about us? 🙂

Ari 5:42 pm 10 Mar 07

VYBerlina etc, please don’t post the first thing that comes into your head.

Please be gentle, guys, this is simply a young woman who has had a great time with her friends in Canberra.

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