“As we were driving back to Canberra, we heard a news story about a shooting…
Catherine Carter was somewhat of a reluctant Canberran at first.
A former Army brat who spent some time in Canberra as a child, Catherine only agreed to relocate to the national capital when she married a Canberra man—the proviso being it would be for a maximum of two years.
Twenty years on, she has no plans to leave.
Formerly head of the Property Council of Australia’s Canberra office, Catherine has an active interest in the development of the city.
But more recently she has determined that she wants to actively improve the liveability and cultural life of the city.
In 2018, she founded Salon Canberra, a thinktank and networking venture which seeks to bring a diverse range of people together—from the arts, property industry, academia, business, government and innovation—to enrich the city’s potential.
“It’s a place to share and exchange ideas which are future-focussed,” she says.
In this episode, Catherine discusses how Salon has facilitated connections—and the ways in which it is already impacting on the city.
She also discusses diversity issues within the property industry, why she likes apartment living and what she would do for Canberra if she could implement a major policy.