Canberrans get into the spirit of Centenary

MORE than seventy five percent of Canberrans have attended at least one Centenary event so far this year, according to a survey released by the ACT Government.

The survey is based on telephone interviews with 1000 people aged 18 or over, and reports that an estimated 270,000 Canberra residents have involved themselves with the celebrations in the first 12 weeks.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says she has been impressed with the public response.

“With the first quarter of the Centenary of Canberra year now behind us, it is gratifying to know that so many people have already engaged with the celebrations,” Ms Gallagher says.

Birthday celebrations held lakeside on Monday 11 March were reportedly attended by around 150,000 locals and visitors.

“Highlights like the day-night cricket international at Manuka Oval, the Handa Women’s Australian Open golf at Royal Canberra, The Secret River as the Canberra Theatre Centre and the Parties at the Shops were all big crowd-pullers,” Ms Gallagher says.

The capital’s 100th birthday has also proved popular for news outlets, both locally and nationally.

A report released recently shows that in the first quarter of the year a total of 5101 media reports mentioned the Centenary.

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