We explored the Inner North suburb of Turner last week for the very first Look Around Canberra post. This week, we’re venturing across the lake and down to the Woden Valley for a look at Chifley.
Chifley, named after former Prime Minister Ben Chifley (did you know his ghost allegedly hangs out at Hotel Kurrajong?), was established on 12 May 1966 and borders Lyons, Phillip and Pearce.
The breakdown of dwellings in Chifley is as follows: 74.5 per cent are houses, 19.8 per cent are flats and units, and a lowly 5.7 per cent are townhouses. The median property price this year is $577,000. Back in 2000, an average property price was $155,000. Anyone who bought then and is selling now would be laughing. The median weekly rent sits at $363, and median weekly mortgage replayments sit at around $487.
Median income is $1633 per household with an average of 2.4 people per home.
Chifley has its own set of shops which is home to the popular café/restaurant A Bite to Eat, an independent grocery store, and a liquor store. For the outdoorsy types there is a community oval and a playground. A pre-school is available too, but the nearest primary and high schools are in Pearce – the suburb next door. The closest shopping precinct is Woden Westfield, and there’s also a bit of a congregation of car dealerships and public service buildings nearby.
Chifley is a nice little suburb in my opinion. Nothing too flash and completely unpretentious but in a charming way. Tree-lined streets and friendly neighbourhoods. I’d live there.
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Brindabella
Population breakdown: 50.6 per cent male, 49.4 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 19 incidents in 2014 to date (not including parking infringements)