Home to almost 380,000
people, Australia’s capital city, Canberra, is truly a star in its own right.
It came as no surprise to me that Canberra is declared as the best place to
live in the world by New York Times. It is, no doubt, the most amazing place I
have ever stayed with modern infrastructure and award-winning urban
developments with a delightful contrast to the untouched natural environment
that surrounds it.
I moved here almost 4
years ago to continue my studies in the field of Information Technology. My
hometown is Islamabad. Designed by a firm of Greek architects, it is believed
that they relied heavily on Walter Burley Griffin’s vision of Canberra. Wide
open boulevards, leafy residential streets with sprawling houses and abundance
of cafes and restaurants, it felt like home away from home.
A cautiously planned
and stunningly appointed Capital city, Canberra is the most outstanding and
practical city Australia offers. It is modern, manageable, vivacious, scenic
and safe. With its many galleries, playhouses, eateries, cycle paths and
walking tracks, it is full of things to do and see. Safety is everyone’s
priority and when it comes to me, it is my top most concern. Canberra is the
safest city with lowest crime rates of any major Australian city. Canberra
offers all the delight and benefits of city living without the traffic,
pollution and anxiety of larger cities. Peak hours lasts less than an hour.
Being a nature lover, I
admire the fact that every pocket of Canberra has its parks and many streets
are lined with trees and beautiful garden. Every season is beautiful in
Canberra. Winter with its amazing frosts and icicles hanging off the trees, autumn
with the blaze of color as the trees turn, spring with the beautiful blossoms
and summer with its breathtaking sunsets. There is a jam-packed calendar of
vibrant national events. National Folk Festival, Floriade and the Canberra
Balloon Festival are worth mentioning. The presence of embassies brings a lot
of multicultural events to town that would otherwise not be possible.
Canberra is a place to enthusiastically
pursue your ideas and dreams. Canberra offers abundant job openings in the
private and public sector at all areas of expertise and across a range of fundamental
industries. Canberra has one of the best job markets and lowest unemployment
rates as compared to the most cities in Australia. Workforce in Canberra enjoy
the highest average full-time salary in Australia. I have friends in almost
every city in Australia and detailed discussion with them makes me realize that
rent, groceries and basic utilities are comparatively cheap in Canberra than
many other cities in Australia. You can maintain the same standard of living as
of other cities with low income.
In short, Canberra is a
lot like my country town I grew up in but with proper safety, real jobs and a
full set of museums and galleries and other national institutions. I realize
that I would be more than happy to live in Canberra with my family. I feel I
can utilize my skills and abilities and can contribute in national economy. I
wish to maintain a high living standard with my partner on a permanent basis. I
believe that Canberra will offer me great opportunities along with the
recreational facilities. I am looking for a platform where I can fully utilize
my skills and this is what living in Canberra will give me more than anywhere
I have high hopes that
Canberra will accept me so that I can make it my hometown, utilize my skills
and abilities with a team of
professionals which will help me to capitalize on my professional growth and
create a future full of possibilities.