I was keen to head back to the Woden Valley this week for A Look Around Canberra, as it’s been several weeks since I’d done one of the suburbs there. I decided to have a look around the leafy suburb of Curtin.
Named after John Curtin, Labor Prime Minister from 1941-1945, this suburb is nestled between Yarralumla and Lyons with a population of 5175 people.
I’d been to Curtin a handful of times, but hadn’t been for about two years, and in my mind I remembered it as being really similar to Kingston. They’re both very leafy and green with lovely houses, but Curtin seems to be much busier than Kingston. The roads are wider and take much more traffic.
The Curtin shops are quite decent, they have a major supermarket, a vet, a hairdresser, a chemist, and a handful of restaurant/cafe establishments including the ever popular Red Brick Espresso.
Houses make up 75.6 per cent of Curtin’s dwellings. Apartments make up 13.6 per cent, townhouses at 9.9 per cent and ‘other’ (I suspect ‘other’ means granny flats?) make up 0.9 per cent.
The median annual income for families without children is just under $160,000 and with children is around $183,000.
Curtin is home to two primary schools: Curtin Primary and Holy Trinity Primary. The closest high school is Alfred Deakin High School in, you guessed it: Deakin. There’s also three pre-schools to pick from in Curtin.
Streets are named after: State premiers
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 47.6 per cent male, 52.4 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 317 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)