Allan Takes Aim Blog

The Making of a Capital

Posted on: 7 June 2009

 Please feel free to blog on this article..     

 It’s about time ACT politician’s really started to live up to their boasting that Canberra is the innovation Capital by showing they can think for themselves and are not just copycats of their big brothers and sisters in the Federal and State spheres.

 In doing so they might even persuade the ACT electorate that the Assembly is not just a waiting, training, or probationary centre for would be politicians hoping to move to State or Federal politics.  

 It is my view that Canberra’s centenary provides the not only to show innovation it is the innovation Capital but that it is also the time to show whether or not Canberra has the talent necessary to sell innovation to the rest of Australia and the world.

 I make no claim to be any more innovative than anyone else in Canberra but let me put an idea forward that I think could bring substantial benefits to Canberra in a number of areas.

 With Canberra’s centenary soon to be upon us I think it’s time that a TV series of its history should be made. This project should be undertaken quickly before much of its original structure, which is still in place, is ploughed into the ground. 

 Such a series would give a historical perspective not only to Canberra itself and the political process by which it was created, but also to the surrounding area. The series would also bring to life the politicians, who, in the century since, have contributed or otherwise to the Capital’s development. 

 The series could be in four parts with each part covering a period of twenty-five years. The darker aspects of Canberra’s development should not be glossed over. The series should be warts and all, not just a feel good production.

 It seems to me such a series could benefit Canberra in number of ways. First, as a tool to teach Australian history in Australian schools; second: promote ACT Tourism; third, promote business opportunities in the ACT nationally and internationally; fourth, promote Canberra as a film making Capital with its huge base of actors, producers, directors, technicians, cinematographers, musicians, writers; fifth, promote it as a centre of culture; sixth, promote it as technology and research centre.

 DVDs of the series could become part of all schemes to promote Australia overseas.

 The series could be of interest to the Federal Government, Canberra’s Universities, and Canberra businesses seeking to penetrate overseas markets.

 Remember the saying: a picture is worth a thousand words.


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