In this week’s instalment of A Look Around Canberra, I zoomed towards Canberra’s north, past Gold Creek and into the new-ish suburb of Casey. Gazetted on 18 October 1991, Casey was named after Richard Casey, former Governor-General of Australia and former Minister and Member of Parliament. Casey is situated in the Gungahlin region, about four kilometres from the Gungahlin Town Centre, and shares borders with Ngunnawal, Moncrieff and Nicholls.
Casey is one of those ‘in progress’ suburbs. Plenty of houses built with families living in them, but just as many empty blocks and building sites line the streets. In the last census (2011) there was 1492 people residing in Casey with a median income of $128,544 (families without children) and $128,700 (families with children).
Houses largely make up the properties in this suburb, accounting for 73.5 per cent of dwellings. 26 per cent are townhouses, there are no apartments or units, and 0.5 per cent is listed as ‘other’.
There are several schools nearby, Gold Creek School (Kindergarten – Year 10), Ngunnawal Primary, and Gungahlin College. There are also several preschools in Nicholls and Ngunnawal. Casey’s amenities are fairly limited at the moment. There’s a 7/11 service station in operation, with a giant vacant block next door which will eventually be a shopping precinct. Aldi and Supabarn will be two of the companies opening up shop there.
While I drove around Casey, I came across a new development named Springbank Rise. Opposite this development I found a sign saying ‘Woof Woof’, and I thought it was for a dog park. I had a look around and couldn’t see anything that indicated that it was. The area was largely unfenced and had a few big ditches and hills in it – not really suitable for playing fetch and running around in. So my only guess is that a dog park will eventually be created here… unless this is a new attempt at public art!
Overall, Casey is a nice suburb. Sprawling views of the countryside and clean streets. Once it’s fully established I think it will become a hive of activity.
Streets are named after: Diplomats
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 49.3 per cent male, 50.7 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.7
Crime: 182 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)