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A Look Around Canberra: Chifley

By Alexandra Craig - 5 December 2014 7

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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.

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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.

Quick stats
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)

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A Look Around Canberra: Chifley
Alexandra Craig 3:10 pm 08 Dec 14

Kalliste said :

It would be good to know the population of the suburb.

The crime difference between Chifley and Turner is pretty crazy.

Turners: Crime: 413 incidents in 2014 to date (not including parking infringements)

I assume there is a lot more people in that area (due to apartments/flats)

Whoops! I definitely meant to include the population in my post. There’s 2489 people in Chifley.

Re the crime rate – I know, right! I was really shocked too. I didn’t expect Chifley to have sky high crime rates or anything but I definitely did not envisage crime being so low.

Weatherman 12:58 am 07 Dec 14

Chifley has a culturally diverse and urbane population. It is typical of many Canberran suburbs. There are local shops and home operated businesses and services. It’s close to Westfield Woden shopping mall. Though more often than not, I find my experience of Chifley as just another one of those suburbs you have to travel through to pass through Woden, like Lyons and Torrens. It’s known to be a good and fairly safe place with regular traffic presence throughout the neighbourhood.

tooltime 9:01 am 06 Dec 14

I’ve gotta give a wrap to the Friendly Grocer there at Chifley – they’ve got great coffee, an awesome bakery selection & a stack of niche local produce you can’t find anywhere else. I’m in Chifley a bit to see the podiatrist frequently, and the ease of parking and great little play park right there make it a great little place to take the young uns as you go about your daily business…

Jurls 10:41 pm 05 Dec 14

The former primary school is converted to the Chifley Health and Wellbeing Hub which is home to a number of Not-For-Profit Organisations including Sids and Kids ACT, Asthma Foundation ACT, Nutrition Australia ACT, Autism Asperger ACT, Warehouse Circus and YMCA among others. The hub also has a community room which is available for hire through the YMCA.

It’s a great suburb with good community 🙂

Algernon 7:29 pm 05 Dec 14

The local grocery shop has good lunch rolls, top pies and some great cakes if your over that way and the hunger grabs ya. Worth a small detour!

Algernon 7:19 pm 05 Dec 14

The local grocery shop has good lunch rolls, top pies and some great cakes if your over that way and feel a pang. Worth the detour!

Kalliste 1:47 pm 05 Dec 14

It would be good to know the population of the suburb.

The crime difference between Chifley and Turner is pretty crazy.

Turners: Crime: 413 incidents in 2014 to date (not including parking infringements)

I assume there is a lot more people in that area (due to apartments/flats)

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