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Leigh recruits students to help mark his territory

Justin Lindwall's map of North Canberra/ Click for more photos

Maps of north Canberra

University of Canberra students' "Peoples Maps" of the Fraser electorate in North Canberra. 

If you listen to some Tuggeranong Valley residents, they feel they've fallen off the map, what with the light rail being a northside plan for at least the medium term.

That feeling won't be helped by some good-looking maps showing Canberra devoid of anything south of the lake.

Mapping the northside of Canberra - basically his electorate of Fraser - has been a pet project for Federal MP Andrew Leigh since late last year.

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He first crowd-sourced a map that represented what his constituents consider their local treasures, which include parks, cafes, pubs and, perhaps not surprisingly, his and federal colleague Kate Lundy's offices.

Leigh and his team then created a Google Map showing the spots, but it was only when the project was kicked over to some design students at the University of Canberra that it took on some real style.

As part of their course work in the UC's faculty of arts and design, students came up with their version of the ''People's Map'', the best of which Leigh listed online on Thursday.

CanMeme's take on the hedge wars

CanMeme's take on the hedge wars

Leigh's favourite was a clean and fairly traditional map by Michelle Lang, titled Pemano (People's Map Northside), while lecturer Ben Ennis Butler was a fan of a funky three-dimensional version by Justin Lindwall.

View the maps at

Triple-A rating for these hedge funs

Cutting edge humour from CanMeme

Cutting edge humour from CanMeme

The gang at Facebook group CanMeme are at it again.

After a squall of faux outrage last week following the disapperance of orange lighting in the Acton Tunnel on Parkes Way, the hedge wars reported in The Canberra Times achieved meme status on Thursday.

1 comment

  • Its a shame Mr Leigh did not spend a bit of this time corresponding with his constituents.
    On his performance I find it a shame that Federal Labor has accepted him without any challenge as next years federal candidate for the north side.

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    November 30, 2012, 9:33AM
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