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A look around Canberra – Curtin

By Alexandra Craig - 30 January 2015 7

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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.

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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.

Quick stats
Streets are named after:  State premiers
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 5175
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)

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7 Responses to
A look around Canberra – Curtin
Section44 7:59 pm 03 Feb 15

The milk bar makes awesome pizzas, my current fravorite is chicken and chilli.

chewy14 11:39 am 02 Feb 15

miz said :

Does anyone know, are the new suburb signs (like the Curtin one) being rolled out systematically, or only put in when the old sign is cactus? It just seems odd that not all suburbs have them yet.

It was for the Canberra centenary in selected suburbs

http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/bourke/2012/new_centenary_suburb_signs_to_honour_past_prime_ministers

miz 11:22 am 02 Feb 15

Does anyone know, are the new suburb signs (like the Curtin one) being rolled out systematically, or only put in when the old sign is cactus? It just seems odd that not all suburbs have them yet.

Weatherman 8:55 am 02 Feb 15

Curtin is very much reminiscent of Bulimba, Queensland, where the shops are located near a main roundabout.

HenryBaits 6:50 pm 01 Feb 15

Their bookshop there is a fabulous Canberra icon. Certainly a lot more happening in Curtain than this article suggests.

Alexandra Craig 5:15 pm 30 Jan 15

Zan said :

Did you really have a good look at the shops? You did not mention the a fabulous bookshop or the restaurant downstairs – Beyond Q and the Hungary Budda. You also did not mention the great vege shop, Choku Bai Jo.

I did a walk around, but it would be impossible to check out every single shop when I do these write-ups, unfortunately. I wish I could have a good look at all of them… I also wish I could eat at every restaurant and cafe 🙂

Zan 4:55 pm 30 Jan 15

Did you really have a good look at the shops? You did not mention the a fabulous bookshop or the restaurant downstairs – Beyond Q and the Hungary Budda. You also did not mention the great vege shop, Choku Bai Jo.

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