Comical Music Video Urges Canberrans To Swap Smoky City For South Coast

After a South Coast resident released a music video called ‘Canberra Come Back’, an ACT group warmed up their vocal cords for an entertaining -- and heartfelt -- response.

Broulee local, Joel Ware, published a video on his YouTube channel with a tourism plea to Capital City folk, set to the ‘80s track; ‘Baby Come Back’.

"We’ve seen the positive results of our video already, with Canberra even making a response video to show us how they care about and enjoy the coast," Joel Ware told 10 daily.

The video has been a hit with more than 33,000 views and got the creative juices flowing of Canberrans behind the YouTube Channel 'Distractions', who produced a video called "Dear South Coast."

“We saw the Batemans Bay video calling Canberrans to come back to the coast and we wanted to sing a song back,” video producer, Deb Cleland, explained on Facebook.

Keeping to the old school music vibes, the group set their response to the song Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden.

Filmed in just 24 hours, the video includes an entertaining guitar rift solo and shows locals in known Canberra locations singing about choking, smoky sky in the ACT.

Bushfire smoke has clouded Canberra for multiple days, one of which saw the city suffer through the worst air quality in the world.

Canberrans dressed for the place where they'd rather be. Image: Distractions

“TBH, many of us have been feeling pretty cooped up here in pretty smoky lands and miss you,” Cleland wrote.

The video even featured a road trip over Brown Mountain to the South Coast for scenes of beach dancing and ice-cream eating.

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“The South Coast is important to us and it holds a special place in our hearts. Many of us are keen to holiday again at the coast and are on our way.”



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Ware says the community is just as excited to see tourists return, as the people in the video are.

"All the businesses here in Batemans Bay and on the South Coast, have lost their annual holiday surge of customers due to the catastrophic bush fires in the area," he explained.

"Small business here in the Eurobodalla Region rely on the months of December, January and February to survive the rest of the year.

"And it’s the fear that after the impact of these devastating fires, some businesses won’t survive, and this scares many people."

The creators of "Canberra Come Back": Clutch Marr, Jacob Crooke and Joel Ware. Image: Joel Ware

Describing Canberra as a being "like a western suburb of Batemans Bay", Ware is urging people to take a day trip to the coast.

"Now the roads are open and power has been restored to most areas, we are ready for, and need Canberra to come back and visit the coast, which will bring much-needed funds into our community," he said.

However, with a third wave of fire hitting Moruya this week, parts of the coast may not be ready for visitors yet.

Tourists could check with local authorities or council for travel advice.

10 daily has contacted the "Dear South Coast" creator for further comment.