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Double the reasons to celebrate

When Canberra turns 100 in March, Chanuka Perera will be cheering louder than most.

The student from Narrabundah shares a birthday with his home town and will turn 21 on March 13 as the city celebrates its first 100 years.

Mr Perera has history with the centenary celebrations; he was one of six young hopefuls pictured on the cover of the Centenary Blueprint, produced in 2006 by the Canberra Centenary Taskforce.

On Monday he will become the first of the city's residents to cast their vote in the second stage of the ''Like Canberra'' campaign, and he did not need to give much thought to his favourite Canberra place, Narrabundah's Rocky Knob.

''It's about five minutes from my house, a really convenient walk,'' Mr Perera said.

''It's a really peaceful place with an amazing view.


''I like to go up there and just relax, or [to] maybe take someone else up there and just show them this place that's just hidden away from everywhere else.''

The finance student reckons he is more excited about the city's centenary celebrations now than he was as a fresh-faced teenager back in 2006.

''Back then, I had kind of an understanding but now it's coming so close I've got a much better idea of what's happening and what's planned,'' he said.

However, plans for his own big birthday are less well established.

''I'm still in the planning stages of my own birthday party,'' he said.

''I'll get all of my friends together somewhere nice and convenient and just, well, get together.''

From Monday until February 14, people can vote on the top 100 things to like about Canberra as identified in the campaign. People visiting the Like Canberra website have nominated 13,741 reasons why they like Canberra since the campaign began in October last year.