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Canberra: A city changing its spots

Amanda Smith

For a long time Canberra has been known as a two-dimensional place that consisted of the Public Service and Parliament House.

A ‘big’ small town that was effectively put here to stop Sydney and Melbourne squabbling over who would be the capital.

In the last 10 years we’ve observed with delight the reinvigoration of Braddon, the introduction of contemporary apartments and buildings, a fluctuating range of eateries, the establishment of New Acton and the complete overhaul of the Canberra brand. We’re becoming this multifaceted town that’s becoming more and more metropolitan every day but we’re holding on to our cultural institutions and embracing them through events like Enlighten.

As a young person who has grown up here, this is such an exciting time to be apart of this big little city because we’ve got this diverse range of opportunities available to us. I know there’s every opportunity to stay here and pursue a career instead of having to pack up and move states to get ahead in life. This Thursday 28 July, Future State of the Territory, is being held at the Shine Dome in New Acton. This is a great chance for Canberra’s young population to be a part of the conversation surrounding changing demographics, shifting global influences, connections, technological advances and disruptions.

Speakers include ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA, one of Australia’s leading minds – Catherine Caruana-McManus and ABC Political Editor Chris Uhlmann along with a panel of young Canberra representatives. As Canberra changes its spots into a more cosmopolitan city, it’s vital that young Canberrans become actively engaged and Future State of the Territory is a great place to start.

the essentials 

What: Future State of the Territory
When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: The Shine Dome – 15 Gordon Street, Acton, ACT 2601
Tickets: $20, $15 for students and concessions, and include a few drinks and nibbles.
For more information and to purchase tickets:

Feature image by Martin Ollman


Amanda Smith

Amanda is a lunch enthusiast and Canberra local with a love of all things curious. With a background in photography and current studies in journalism, she hopes to produce work on the human condition and what makes us so intricate. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her eccentric family and buying bread, dip and olives from the Old Bus Depot Markets for lunch on a Sunday. More about the Author

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