Yesterday I exchanged birthday gifts with the Mayor of Goulburn-Mulwaree, Councillor Geoff Kettle, in recognition of Canberra’s Centenary and Goulburn’s 150th Birthday.
2013 not only marks Canberra’s Centenary, but will also see some of our neighbouring communities celebrate significant anniversaries. In March this year the city of Goulburn turned 150, and in September Queanbeyan will celebrate its 175th birthday.
The Diocese of Goulburn was established in March 1863 by Queen Victoria, giving Goulburn city status and making it Australia’s first inland city. Fifty years later Canberra was officially named.
It must have been fascinating for the regional towns surrounding Canberra to watch the nation’s capital emerge during its formative years.
The Mayor presented me with a hand crafted vase, depicting a mosaic of St Xavier Cathedral. Local artist and a graduate from the ANU Canberra School of Art, Kate Ward, designed and created the vase.
To reciprocate, I presented the Mayor with a Griffin Blueprint dish that represents Walter Burley Griffin’s original design. The dish was created by local arts graduates Mitchell Brooks and Dan Lorrimer.
The relationship that Canberra has established with surrounding local government councils continues to strengthen, and collaborative opportunities continue to emerge to the mutual benefit of the ACT and the region.