OUR birthday party may be done and dusted but the gifts are still coming in to mark Queanbeyan's 175th birthday.
Next Tuesday, ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher will be in town to present Canberra's official gift to mark our humble city's anniversary.
With Ms Gallagher keeping tight lipped on just what Queanbeyan can expect from our nearest neighbour, we thought we'd propose a few ideas as to what Canberra might have in store for us.
The Canberra Raiders
GIVEN how they performed last season, the Raiders may be a gift Canberra is more than willing to give.
The Raiders played their first eight seasons here in Queanbeyan and combined with the fact the team is still bankrolled in large part by the Queanbeyan Leagues Club, we reckon we've got a pretty good claim to the lime green machine anyway.
FOR all intents and purposes Oaks Estate is already a de facto suburb of Queanbeyan so why not just make it official?
The only reason Oaks isn't still part of Queanbeyan is it just happens to be on the wrong side of the railway line that officially marked the ACT's new border. Talk about ending up on the wrong side of the tracks.
Once upon a time Queanbeyan laid claim to not one but two movie theatres, The Triumph Theatre and The Star. Alas those days are over and now a trip to the flicks also equals a trip across the border.
Canberra, meanwhile, is flush with multiplexes following the recent opening of a second cinema in Civic.
Combine those with theatres in Tuggeranong and Belconnen and surely they've got one to spare?
Surely no city on earth kicks up more of a fuss about its government's spending on public art than Canberra.
It seems Canberra's pollies can't install anything designed with no other function to simply brighten the place up a bit without howls of protest over 'wasteful' spending.
Well Canberra, if you don't want it, we'll be happy to take it off your hands. How about free birthday balloon rides over Queanbeyan in the much maligned Skywhale to start?
Related stories: A growing bond