The suburb of Crace in Gungahlin was named after Edward Kendall Crace who was one of the largest landholders in the district. Edward Crace sadly drowned in 1892 while attempting to cross the flooded Ginninderra Creek.
Crace is quite a new suburb, all the houses are quite modern and it was designed around the concept of community and living healthy, active lives. Crace has a community garden, and a huge outdoor recreation area which includes a basketball court, gym equipment and a big field area. You can often catch Funkshirlnal Fitness running classes and PT sessions here around the clock.
There’s quite a decent little set of shops in this suburb that includes a Supabarn, several eateries, and a gym. While I was at the shops taking photos, I walked past The District and the most delicous smell was wafting out the door – I wish I had time to stop for lunch!
Crace cops a bit of flack about town for looking a little like ‘Legoland’. I agree and disagree. While a lot of the houses are placed quite snugly in the streets, there is actually a lot of trees and vegetation among them which can’t be said about other ‘Legoland’ type suburbs in the ACT. Some of the houses here look quite cool from the outside, and rumour has it there’s a house here that literally turns with the sun so the house will be kept warm naturally throughout the day. I haven’t actually seen this house but I think it would be awesome to see on a timelapse video.
Crace should be applauded for having a really active community network. There are events constantly being planned, fundraisers to improve the community, and an online presence where residents can share thoughts and connect with others in their community.
Street theme: Parishes and land divisions
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population: 563 (at 2011 Census)
Population breakdown: 47.1 per cent male, 52.9 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.4<
Crime: 98 incidents in 2014 (not including traffic infringements)