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Monday November 30, 2009
Summer in Canberra is
a great time to get out
and enjoy all that our
city has to offer during
the warmer months. Throughout
the festive and holiday season our
city centre will again be a focal
point for fine dining, excellent
shopping and outstanding
Groovin' in the City's live music
and performance program
will continue to liven up and
entertain lunchtime crowds. Held
between12.30pm to 2pm every
weekday, the wide variety of free
entertainment on offer will appeal
to all tastes and ages.
Thanks to the generous support of Canberra CBD Limited,
the program has been expanded this year, with entertainment
provided at different locations throughout the city centre.
Christmas in the City will kick off Canberra's official Christmas
festivities with the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Civic
Square on Friday December 4. This dazzling night time
event is sure to appeal to the young and the young at heart
and I encourage families to come along for a great night's
New Year's Eve is always a special occasion in Canberra and
this year you can welcome in 2010 at one of two sites in the city
centre. There will be fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight,
along with music catering for all generations.
I would like to remind those who are celebrating in the city,
particularly during Christmas and New Year, to do so responsibly.
If you do intend to drink, please don't drive. ACTION's Nightrider
service will be operating on the weekends in the lead up to
Christmas and again on New Year's Eve.
I wish you all a happy and safe 'Summer in the City'.
Jon Stanhope MLA
Forget balloons and party
hats -- top secret planning
is underway at the Chief
to ensure Canberra's
centenary is a birthday
bash worth remembering.
Senior manager of the project, Ms
Karen Stewart-Moore, says the capital's
anniversary is the perfect opportunity to
show off what the city has to offer.
"We're keen to make sure whatever we do
in 2013 has lasting benefits -- that it's not
just one big party and all we're left with is
a hangover," she says.
"We want there to be some enduring
benefits for the community, some of which
will be fantastic memories and some will
be more concrete."
Although the finer details are still being
fleshed out, Ms Stewart-Moore says she
can promise a "cohesive and meaningful
program" of events from January to
October, with a special focus around
"Through the program we can really
showcase the city and hopefully attract
lots of people to come and visit us in
"We are going to show a whole different
aspect of Canberra, it's not just parliament
house, it's not just capital hill -- there is
a whole other diverse and interesting
In a major step forward for the centenary
project, Ms Robyn Archer AO was
announced as the Centenary of Canberra
creative director in September 2009.
"She has brought an enormous wealth of
experience to the table, in directing many
large-scale events and festivals," Ms
"She certainly sees this as a real
opportunity to showcase some of the
hidden aspects of Canberra -- the rich
cultural scene, the big national institutions
and all of the great work going on in the
local scene. She's keen to bring those to
the fore to show that Canberra really is a
At this stage, the largest event to be
secured is the Women's Australian Golf
Open, which will be held during February
at the Royal Canberra Golf Club.
"This is really exciting, it's the first time it
has ever been held in the national capital
and it's great to have a women's sporting
event as a real flagship of that year.
"It will be broadcast to millions of people
across the world, which is a great way of
showcasing a bit of Canberra."
With next year marking Canberra's 97th
birthday, Ms Stewart Moore insists it
wont be long until the centenary secrets
"It's easy to focus on the big events,
but there will be a whole program full of
all sorts of things like talks and debates
-- events in every sense of the word,"
"We're looking at some other major
sporting events as well. We're talking to
two football codes and we're talking to
cricket Australia about a cricket match.
"I know everyone is pretty curious so it
wont be too long until we let people know
what's going on."
BY NAOMI FALLON
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