When and why did Civic become Canberra Central?

Smackbang 17 August 2005 30

This excerpt from the Shitty News

The street furniture also promotes the new logo for Canberra Central depicting the hexagonal shape of the city centre road patterns, with the three surrounding open crescents representing community, culture and landscape.

and some press releases from ACT Government ministers have me wondering whether the name “Canberra Central” is supposed to be more than the name for some silly taskforce tasked with taring up Civic. Are they actually trying to rename, or rebrand, Civic as “Canberra Central”? If so, what on Earth is the reason behind this? It is unnecessary. The area already has a perfectly functional name. Although it doesn’t appear on any maps, the area is known as Civic to all Canberrans. Civic is a word that has some heritage value and significance for Canberrans, as opposed to the bland sounding “Canberra Central”. The very fact it is a commonly known, yet unofficial, name gives it some ‘cultural value’.

But aside from that, the name “Canberra Central” is remarkably similar to the name “Canberra Centre”, Civic’s major shopping mall. It is so similar as to be indistinguishable.

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30 Responses to When and why did Civic become Canberra Central?
Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 4:53 pm 19 Aug 05

The RiotACT, Canberra’s songwriter central…for the mentally disturbed…

Yay, I just declared myself mentally disturbed!!

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 2:23 pm 19 Aug 05

I’m fighting back the tears of pride in my fair city. Thank you. Thank you all!

Maelinar Maelinar 1:08 pm 19 Aug 05

I’ll have a go..

I’m going down to C6TV,
When I get there everything’s gonna be free
Cause I got a gun and I look like a loon
Judge Dredd’s gonna get me, I’ll be in his cartoon.

Can’t think of a rhyme that rhymes with C6TV

It’s a cell block, nothin is free
squeezed into small spaces are us three
I thought my hand was in my pocket
but then I realised it was luke with his hand on my rocket

How did that crazy rhyme get into my song?
who is writing this drivel you long (for)
Can’t think of a rhyme that rhymes with C6TV

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 12:47 pm 19 Aug 05

But it is harder to make a decent song for…watch, I can make a nice lame song about it:

where will you all be
when the moon shines in the evening
in the evening
what will you all do
will the cows still say moo
in C6TV
in the evening
in the evening

Maelinar Maelinar 12:15 pm 18 Aug 05

C6TV for short. From now on I’m calling the area formerly known as Civic – C6TV.

It’s VERY Mega City-1

Thumper Thumper 11:59 am 18 Aug 05

We could have CCCCCCTV!

(Canberra Central Civic Centre Closed Circuit Television)

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 10:53 am 18 Aug 05

Actually, Canberra Central would give a new meaning to CCTV.

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 9:44 am 18 Aug 05

Now that’s culture!

Maelinar Maelinar 9:04 am 18 Aug 05

How else could flipper talk to joey or whatever the little kids name was ?

Thumper Thumper 8:52 am 18 Aug 05

If Paul Mccartney was from canberra he would have written a great song about civic.

Civic where the druggies wash you windscreens
and the pavements are always covered there in spew
and the government doesn’t know what to do
but neither do you

On the corner is a building housing MLAs
and they want move so soon and far away
to a hill where no-one thinks that they should go
but what do we know

Civic is in my mind and up my nose
lots of diesel smoke and rubber hoses
in summer, but cold in winter….

*High horn solo bit*

In the alley is a dero selling stolen goods
that he knocked off from a mate who goes to school
and thinks that he is so cool
but he is a fool (but not on a hill)

Near O’Malleys is policeman with angry dog
it tries to bite the people on a Saturday night
but if there at that time you’ll die of fright
at the very sight (of)

Civic is in my mind and up my nose
lots of diesel smoke and rubber hoses
in summer, but cold in winter….

Thumper Thumper 8:40 am 18 Aug 05

I think it should be called;

‘Drum roll please maestro”

Canberra Central Civic Centre…..

Or CCCC for short.

Thumper Thumper 8:35 am 18 Aug 05


And riotious laughter…..

“Dolphin on drugs’??????

Maelinar Maelinar 8:19 am 18 Aug 05

We call it Civic, Civic better than Woden,
Nobody you see, is better than thee
We call it Civic, Civic, Belconnen sucks,
Because we petitioned, and parking ain’t free

There is shopping, shopping galore,
Garema place is scary, but we said the parking ain’t free
Oh I bet you a million dollars,
He wants to put a shop there does Harvey

Civic, Civic, so far from Tuggeranong
Hyper-the-what? Our name is so easy
Civic, Civic this tune is a rip-off
From that dolphin on drugs.

Oh Civic, Civic benefiting from Corbell,
He hates the airport to hell
Civic, Civic I’ve got wanderlust
I think I’ll go shopping at lunch.

Thumper Thumper 8:13 am 18 Aug 05

Oh, I see….

Maelinar Maelinar 8:10 am 18 Aug 05

So we can call it Civic…

Thumper Thumper 8:05 am 18 Aug 05

Um, why does Civic need a logo?

Maelinar Maelinar 7:44 am 18 Aug 05

Civic, read it backwards and it reads the same, Civic.

There’s a 5 second logo.

Kerces Kerces 11:51 pm 17 Aug 05

I’m just remembering that about four years ago they held a competition for a logo that represented Civic. I can’t remember what the winning one looked like, but I wonder if this is it? And if so, why’s it taken them so long to use it?

b2 b2 10:37 pm 17 Aug 05

its hard to make a nice logo with ‘civic’ in it though isn’t it?

gingermick gingermick 8:28 pm 17 Aug 05

Lack of sleep, Samuel.

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