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I moved to Canberra with my family when I was six
months old because my parents wanted to move
here to raise the family. My parents met when they
were studying in Sydney, but thought Canberra
would be a better place to have a family because of
the opportunities. I would have done the same thing
because it's small, cosy and safe and there are great
opportunities work and study wise. I've been able to
secure a great job here. Unless someone paid me a lot
of money, I wouldn't move elsewhere.
I'm from South Australia and have been in Canberra for
two years. I moved here for study to do my masters of
applied anthropology at ANU, and soon after I got a job at
the Murray Darling Basin Authority. It was probably the
quality of the ANU and its master's program that made me
want to study here. I have enjoyed the move to Canberra,
apart from the cold weather. I enjoy being able to go for
bush walks on the weekends and the job opportunities
here are good if you want to work for the government.
I'm from China originally. I came to Australia when I
was in Year 10 because my parents wanted to open my
eyes to see how other people live in the world and to
give me more opportunities to make my own choices.
I've been in Canberra for the past four years. I was in
Melbourne for two years and I moved to Canberra to
finish my arts and psychology degree at the ANU. Most
people think Canberra is boring and quiet, but I've
found it's a great place for study because of this.
I came to Canberra for work in 1990. I was working
in the public service in Queensland in Rockhampton.
There wasn't much opportunity there for advancement
so everyone at that time came to Canberra to move
on with their careers. It's like a big country town. It's
well planned and not as busy as Sydney or Melbourne,
making it a great place to raise kids. I have a daughter
and it's been the perfect place for her to grow up.
I came to Canberra in 1984. I was very young and
had just finished my beauty therapy diploma in New
Zealand. A lady who owned a salon in the city wanted
me to come over and work for her. It was a great
opportunity to come to Australia. During my time
working in the city, I've seen a lot of different people
coming and going. It's a very transient, moving society.
I have also raised my beautiful family here and have
met some amazing people.
ELARNY LEVANDIS (24)
FRED LEFTWICH (49)
JULIE WILSON (46)
NATALIE STALENBERG (42) Public servant ECHO SONG (21)
I moved here three months ago from Sydney. Canberra
is nice because it's a bit different to Sydney. There are
a lot of public servants and students here. When I go
out, the first question anyone asks me here is what
department are you from. I don't know many places to
go out yet, but I hear parts of the city are very nice and
Melbourne --like. I'm giving Canberra a chance. I lived
in Queensland for a couple of years and I really miss
I'm from Sydney and I moved here in January because
I've just got a job working at the Department of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. It's a nice change
from Sydney because there's less traffic and it's easy to
get around, as well as being much cleaner than Sydney.
I miss the beach most of all, but being close to the snow
is a good trade off. I'm really looking forward to getting
up there this winter. I haven't been here for long, but so
far the people are really nice. Depending on what people
want to do, there are also good job opportunities here.
ADAM ZUR (26)
DANIEL AGUNG (22)
In 1991 I moved here from Melbourne for a job in
the public service. The weather is an improvement
on Melbourne. It's a well-planned out city and is a
great place to raise a family. During the past 10 years,
Canberra's development has made it an attractive city
because of better access to things like accommodation,
restaurants and the public service. There are also
great job opportunities for young graduates. Canberra
is blessed because we have great institutions such as
the ANU here.
BONNIE ELVIN hit the city
to find out how and why
people are in Canberra.
Photos: Andrew Babington.
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