The suburb of Cook, located in the Belconnen region of Canberra, is jointly named after former Prime Minister Sir Joseph Cook, and voyager Captain James Cook.
Cook is quite an unassuming little suburb. Squished in between Aranda, Macquarie/Jamison and Weetangera, I’d never visited here before (besides a drive through one evening to drop a friend home). It’s nice. It’s quiet, and lots of homes are hidden behind luscious foliage.
The Cook shops are pretty barren if not for a few bright stars like the very decent IGA and the awesome cafe Little Oink. I tried it out on my visit and can highly recommend – one of the best omelettes I’ve ever had! While at the shops on a Saturday morning I noted that the parking was limited to 2 hours, but there was only about 8 cars all up (and a lot of empty spaces). Not that 2 hours wasn’t enough time for me, it was more than sufficient, but I’d be interested to know why there’s a limit – to the best of my knowledge there aren’t any office buildings nearby or anything that would warrant needing to put a parking limit in place.
One fun fact about Cook is that some ‘creative’ types take it upon themselves to ‘update’ the suburb signs by colouring in half of the second ‘O’ in Cook. I’ve seen an amended sign only once while driving past, but I’m told that there has been an ongoing battle between said creative types and the government authority that looks after the signs. Apparently the way it goes is the sign gets changed, then fixed, then changed again, and then fixed, and so on. It’s all very immature but I get a giggle out of it.
Overall Cook seems like a pleasant suburb. I would love to see more done with the shops though because I think there is huge potential there – and plenty of parking!
Street theme: notable women
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population breakdown: 48.3 per cent male, 51.7 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.7<
Crime: 109 incidents in 2014 (not including traffic infringements)