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Your National Capital
Setting the scene
Canberra's history is relatively short. The National Capital has evolved over an eighty year period; you could consider it as one person's lifetime. Australia is a young nation whose people are rich in culture and who, together, create a unique and distinct society.
Canberra, as the National Capital of Australia, is the symbolic home for all Australians. It has an identity of which we should be proud - but are we?
What to do
- Report on how Canberra is commonly portrayed by the media.
- Design a tourism promotion for Australia's National Capital.
Collect newspaper clippings from local and national newspapers.
Use the internet to access online newspapers.
Report on how Canberra and the National Capital are commonly portrayed by the media.
Key points within your report should answer the following questions:
- When are the words ‘Canberra' or ‘National Capital' generally used?
- Who is using the words (e.g. journalists or politicians)?
- Are the words used positively or negatively to portray the National Capital?
- Is the depiction a fair representation of the National Capital and the role it plays for all Australians?
- If the depiction is seen as unfair, how would you go about changing it?
Design a global tourism promotion for Australia's National Capital.
Take an innovative approach and use a computer to create an interactive multimedia design.
Remember, your audience has a limited understanding of Australia's National Capital and, more than likely, has not visited Canberra in the last ten years.
Your goal is to:
- generate interest in Canberra
- promote visitation to the National Capital, particularly from high school students
- educate people who have never visited Canberra
- educate people on the role of Australia's National Capital.