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A look around Canberra – Forde

By Alexandra Craig - 6 November 2015 4

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The suburb of Forde all the way up in Gungahlin was named after Francis Forde, former Prime Minister of Australia. Forde held the top job for about a week after John Curtin died, with Ben Chifley taking over soon after. I really appreciate the fact that Forde is placed quite close to the suburb of Harrison. (Harrison Ford, get it?) This suburb is also fairly new with a gazettal date of 27 July 1992. Back in 2013, Forde was listed as the ‘most advantaged’ ACT suburb.

Forde is one of the northernmost suburbs in the ACT, and I had the idea in my head that it was a new housing estate and expected a lot of it to be under construction. I couldn’t have been more wrong. While it is new, it is quite established as far as houses are concerned. It’s also really, really clean and tidy and the majority of the houses have the most beautiful front gardens – I was actually impressed at how much effort people put into making their gardens look amazing.

Forde has a local shops which includes a supermarket, pharmacy, hairdresser, and a cool little café called Frankies at Forde. While the shops weren’t exactly bustling when I was there, Frankies had a fair few people dining inside and outside and it looks like a really popular place to catch up for a meal. Will put Frankies on my Canberra food bucket list!

One thing I do really like about Forde is how close to nature it is. There’s beautiful countryside views, as well as a couple of little wetland areas with an abundance of cute ducks (remember not to feed ducks bread, but rather frozen peas, lettuce or grapes cut in half). The picnic potential here is strong!

Forde unsurprisingly is a cat containment suburb which means that all pet cats must be kept inside at all times (unless in a secure outdoor enclosure/cat run or on a leash). Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is nearby which provides a safe haven for our native wildlife as all invasive species have been removed from this area. The Sanctuary is open to the public and you can even book an evening tour. There is also opportunity to volunteer at the Sanctuary, assisting in conservation efforts based on what time of year and which area of the Sanctuary you’re in. Visit the Mulligans Flat website for more information.

Last Christmas, Forde really got into the decorating sprit with some huge displays spanning over several houses. The highlights were 7 & 9 Huddy Street, and 6 & 8 Helen Leonard Crescent. I’ll be sure to check out Forde again this year to see if they’ve topped their previous efforts!

Quick Stats

Street theme: Community service
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 2324
Population breakdown: 49.9 per cent male, 50.1 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.9<
Crime: 76 incidents in 2014 (not including traffic infringements)

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A look around Canberra – Forde
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MERC600 12:29 pm
06 Nov 15
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Thank you Alexandra for your Forde notes. and your other suburb notes. Have never been into Forde so it was interesting to read your thoughts on it.

I must stir up my ‘Gas drinking, piston clinking, air polluting, smoke belching four wheeled buggie from Detroit City’ ( copyright Dick Feller, performed Jerry Reed ) and head North one of these days.

Have you done Crace over yet ?

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Alexandra Craig 3:46 pm
06 Nov 15
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MERC600 said :

Thank you Alexandra for your Forde notes. and your other suburb notes. Have never been into Forde so it was interesting to read your thoughts on it.

I must stir up my ‘Gas drinking, piston clinking, air polluting, smoke belching four wheeled buggie from Detroit City’ ( copyright Dick Feller, performed Jerry Reed ) and head North one of these days.

Have you done Crace over yet ?

I haven’t done Crace, no! Might be one for the next installment! :)

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arescarti42 4:26 pm
06 Nov 15
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Forde was developed as a joint venture between Delfin and CIC, and I’ve always thought it was one of the nicer new suburbs in Canberra.

I particularly like the way the shops and school were integrated into what is quite an attractive main street, rather than the tried and true “strip mall with a carpark out the front” which seems to dominate suburban Canberra.

The landscaping is particularly nice as well if you ask me.

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shellcase 5:22 pm
10 Nov 15
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Did perform many duties in Forde, Crace, et al during residential construction phase in my role as Building Surveyor. Of all the northern subs I think Forde is the one I would live in as second preference to my existing camp site. Pity not all cat owners are observing cat containment policy seriously, wouldn’t be surprised to see City Rangers doing some, umm, “monitoring” in the area.

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