The Peter Allen song “I Still Call Australia Home” got an imagined lyric rewrite as I gazed across the fields of green from Brindabella Business Park at our beautiful Canberra Airport. Allen has been to cities that never close down. Me too. But some I thought of in the rewrite really should close their Airports down as they are appalling, where as ours is now a splendid welcome to the best little city in the world.
We were gathering at the Gudgenby Room at Brindabella Business Park - where if you overstay your parking just holler for Stephen Byron to give the inspectors their marching orders – to honour the Snow family and their amazing team who have slowly but surely created our airport.
An idea instigated by the Canberra Convention Bureau with the talent of CRE8IVE to make it happen has produced a limited edition book call ‘AIRvolution’ with a collection of stories and magnificent pictures to say to the Snow family what we as Canberrans reckon is a brilliant creation and how much we appreciate it.
It was a chance to reminisce too, as Terry Snow and I remembered the old clapboard shed of our youth with thick green linoleum on the floor. So last century. But we’ve survived the process, felt reassured as the precinct grew into a green space campus for all manner of businesses, shivered when the unusual coupling of a cold cavernous building became fashion central for four nights of FASHFEST and partied with Jimmy Barnes, Marcia Hynes and Tim Freedman from The Whitlams while dining on a feast of fine food and wine in a hangar, happily fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis. And of course flown in and out, met and farewelled our friends, family and for me interviewed some memorable celebrities.
In his unexpurgated speech to the converted, Terry Snow let us know just what his Canberra vision has been, why he loves Canberra and what we should be doing now for its future and the tourism opportunities for this place we will always call home. I couldn’t agree more.