Fess up: what do you like about Canberra?

The ‘Like Canberra’ logo.

AS the ACT election draws to a close, locals are being urged to cast another vote – to nominate their favourite thing about living in Canberra.

The search has begun for the top 100 reasons why people like living in Canberra, as part of the Canberra Centenary community engagement campaign, “Like Canberra”.

Executive director of the Centenary of Canberra, Jeremy Lasek, says the campaign aims to instil and build local pride ahead of next year’s Centenary.

“Our aim is to get Canberrans talking about what a great city they share and to help us put together a big list of the things we enjoy most about living here,” he says.

“It could be the spectacular Canberra colours in autumn, a walk around the lake, a picnic at the Cotter or grabbing a coffee at Manuka – the options are almost endless.

“It will be impossible to build significant pride in Canberra throughout the rest of the nation, until we feel that sense of pride ourselves first.”
The campaign will use the Facebook “like” symbol in its advertisements, which will be plastered across ACTION buses, newspapers, flags and websites.

“This is purely local, and it’s a significant campaign – a big conversation,” Lasek says.

“I’d be surprised if we’ve ever tried to engage as many Canberrans in a campaign, as this one will.” 

Nominations will be accepted online, via Facebook or on Twitter via the hashtag #likecanberra until the end of the year.

The nominations will then be grouped and distributed for a big, city-wide vote in January with the aim to find the 100 most special things about life in Canberra.

The top 100 will be announced in March, Canberra’s 100th birthday month.

To nominate what you like most about life in Canberra vote on www.canberra100/likecanberra, on Facebook, or Twitter #likecanberra.

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