Just a reminder - Canberra 100

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:11
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Not trying to hijack anything - but it is 100 years since Canberra (on Monday) was named as YOUR National Capital.

I just live here and love it. But also love getting out and seeing what we often call the real Oz and that is not SYD, MLB, BN, AD PTH, HBT.

I do it as often as I can. But I can also get into pretty wild country within 20 mins of my front door.

Enjoy the birthday.
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:27

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:27
Gday Terry

Gee , we only have to drive a few minutes to Dandenong to get into the wild




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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W4 - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:30

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:30
Yes - but you will still be able to see MLB and get a latte.

I'm talking about you may need recovery gear!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:40

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:40
You got me there Terry, I wouldn't go to Dandenong for a Latte..but you might need a tow truck to get your car back..




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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 09:10

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 09:10
Driving a few minutes is way too long. Out the front is the southern half of Canberra in a valley. Out the back is bush. We just walk out the back.

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Reply By: Fiona & Paul - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:51

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:51
Terry W4

We have been booked in for five weeks, didn't want to miss it as there will be lots of interesting stuff going on.


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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 06:23

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 06:23
I was going to call in to Canberra and visit for a few days from the 23/3 but the EPIC is closed from the 24th. Doesn't seem to be another park close to the centre. Bob.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 09:13

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 09:13
There is one in O'connor which is just on the outskirts of the CBD. Don't know what it's like. Just Googled it. Maybe next time.

Here: Canberra Motor Village
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Follow Up By: Member - John G - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 09:39

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 09:39
G'day Bob

Ans another option at Watson , and Eagle hawk on the Federal Highway.

It's the National Folk Festival at EPIC over Easter that takes up that particular park.

Good luck

John
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 21:01

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 21:01
Thanks fellas. It's been a few years since our last vist so that gives me a few more options. Bob.
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Reply By: Members - Bow & Nan - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 08:35

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 08:35
A stone around the neck of Australia.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 09:14

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 09:14
What a delightful way to describe some people's home. Nice.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 11:41

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 11:41
Although we live in NSW we are just over the ACT border, so Canberra is "our home town".

When we travel we hear frequent negative comments about Canberra, often from people who have never been there, let alone lived or worked there. Usually that negativity is based on the image of "Canberra" presented by the media, where "Canberra" equates to "Federal Parliament". We then respectfully remind those "Canberra bashers" that Parliament is made up of members from ALL OVER Australia that have been put there by ALL AUSTRALIANS voting for them.

There is much more to Canberra than the parliament, with the national repositories of our history and culture (War memorial, national gallery, museum and the list goes on) offering great tourist attractions as well as fulfilling their primary role.

Away from the city centre Canberra just like a big country town where ordinary folk like you and I and a few others that frequent this forum,live. It has the usual range of good and not so good points to enliven our daily living.

Bow and Nan, maybe you could enlighten us as to the reasons for your negative attitude?

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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W4 - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 18:26

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 18:26
I love living in this big country town with access to wild Canberra only minutes away. The problem we have is that the rest of Oz keeps sending us politicians for a few days each term who give us good guys a bad name.

But then also one must think if all the Federal programs went missing what would your state govts do?

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Follow Up By: Member - John G - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:41

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:41
G'day Bow & Nan

Canberra's centenary has evoked heaps of criticism, and little of it is original, clever, or constructive. Hopefully your's is just a stir, or maybe you will yet enlighten us, as J&V's invited you to do.

I think most Canberrans, other than those elected representatives who have a very well paid FIFO job, are learning to shrug our shoulders and just suck up the criticisms. Nevertheless, when you live here and are proud of the place, some criticism can hit a raw spot.

You still have nine months left to plan a visit and see for yourself what it's all about here in Canberra. Check out the canberra100 website as David suggests.

One question (if you weren't just stirring) - would you include the Australian War Memorial as a stone around Australia's neck?

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Reply By: Ross M - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 11:40

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 11:40
Terry W4
You spoke of being 20 minutes from the wild.
So how far do you live from Parliament Grass Can'tborough, where the real wild is happening all the time? Totally wild,

Can'tborough might be having a birthday but the rest of Orstraya isn't invited to the party and see no benefit from it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W4 - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 18:32

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 18:32
I remember celebrating the bicentenial of the settlement at Sydney in1988; went to Perth for 150th anniversary of Perth in I think 1980.

It is indeed Australia that we celebrate - all of it. Unless you all want to become self-governing colonies again.

OK by me. Couldn't think of anything better not to have politicians from either side in Canberra doing their thing and getting in the way of good government.

I live 10 minutes from PH grass.

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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 at 22:07

Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 at 22:07
Just my experience but Canberra and its national institutions make you welcome irrespective of your race, religion or place of origin - or your politics for that matter. Lots to see and do and much of it free.
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Follow Up By: Member - John G - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:23

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:23
C'mon Ross

You are invited! and you still have nine months of the year left to get here. You can park on our front lawn if you like.

Cheers
John
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 11:54

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 11:54
Thanks Terry. I'm ashamed to confess I had not even heard about this - how's that for living in Perth and not hearing "the news" abroad! Truth be, I have given up on what the TV thinks is news and wait for anything significant to filter through to me through other channels. I just looked up the Canberra 100 website and its rather interesting. My link will take you to a great timeline with historical photos. People can complain all they like about politics, but the fact remains this is our history and I'm pleased to see this celebration. Enjoy!
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