Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra Robyn Archer count down the days til Canberra celebrate's its centenary down at the AIS rowing sheds, Yarralumla, Canberra .

Photo: Colleen Petch

OK Canberra, after a moment of mouse-induced rage, it’s time to help.

To recap, yesterday I got a little hot under the collar about the Like Canberra website:


I may be a born-and-bred Canberran and (mostly) lifelong resident, and I may spend an inordinate amount of time defending this funny old place with all its idiosyncrasies, bless it, but I’ll always stick the boot in where it’s needed.

To wit: the Like Canberra website.

I don’t like it.

A few of you agreed with me, and a few disagreed. But there was at least one reader keen to get a little more constructive about the whole thing - Centenary executive director Jeremy Lasek, who left this comment on yesterday’s post:


The Like Canberra campaign made no attempt to censor any of the ‘likes’. The intent was to solicit authentic and heartfelt responses, in whatever way they were expressed and however odd, quirky or individual they might be. Other than racist, sexist or any other inappropriate suggestions, no filter was part of the process.

The categories on the website were created to facilitate voting. They attempt to group the ‘likes’ so that people don’t have to scroll through over 1,000 nominations to vote.

The Centenary marketing team is working to improve the design of the website to make it more user-friendly. We appreciate your feedback.

There you go, and Mr Lasek confirmed this when I called him.

So, after yesterday’s rant, I think it’s time to be a little more constructive myself and actually help Jeremy and team out with improving the Like Canberra website.

Here’s my first suggestion:

Each time I check the website, I find another problem, many of which are simply mistakes. Like, under “Business – View all responses”, you’ll find a list of things that seem to be more, um, community related. Because they almost all have the word “community” in them. So maybe they belong under “Community”. Basically, the site could do with a damn good proof-read.

Anything else the team should be aware of? Be constructive now…

Also, I should have pointed out from the outset that I actually thought that, annoying Facebook references aside, the “Like Canberra” campaign was a pretty good idea. It’s much easier to be demonstrative about things you “like”, without the added pressure of avowed passion.

There’s hope for this website yet!