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A look around Canberra – Doing time in the Rivetto Ghetto

By Emily Morris - 27 March 2015 2

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I maintain that Canberra is a well-kept secret (although I am told there are now license plates surfacing which say ‘ACT – it’s not as bad as you think’ in which case the secret may be out). Within Canberra, there are a few rare gems that are easily overlooked and I would count Rivett as one such place.

When I moved my family to Canberra from overseas in 2012, the rental market was tight. It felt like there were mobs of people moving from inspection to inspection and even the dodgiest properties, with flaking paint jobs and dog poo littered back yards, were in hot demand. Prices and popularity lead us to Rivett and I’m pretty pleased they did.

When we first moved, a few friends raised some concerns about living in a ‘dicey’ part of town and referred to our new suburb as the ‘Rivetto Ghetto’. How rude! Whilst I will admit that there is often less than ideal activity nearby to the shops, in reality it causes me no concern.

Living in Rivett with a young family is pretty great. We feed into Chapman Primary School, which is outshining all of our expectations so far, but could have also chosen Duffy Primary. The nearest High School is Stromlo in Stirling.

We have a lovely little playground with BBQ facilities within a five-minute walk and a well-kept oval, often being utilized for either rugby or cricket.

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One of the streets to border Rivett is Darwinia Terrace, part of which is faced with a beautiful view down the valley towards the Murrumbidgee River. We can easily access the paths to Cooleman Ridge, where we can enjoy some pretty spectacular views across Canberra. This proximity to the bush sadly meant that many people were evacuated and a number of homes destroyed in the 2003 bush fires.

Facilities wise, there are shops, which include a supermarket (SPA), masseuse, bakery, hairdresser and newsagent/post office. There is also a childcare centre and toy library (Noah’s Ark).

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We are a mere 10 minute run into Woden or Tuggeranong, 15 minutes to Kingston and thanks to the developments around Molonglo, I can now get to Belconnen pretty quickly thanks to the Coppins Crossing Road.

The nearby Cooleman Court Shops in Weston offer a range of shops and services, meaning there isn’t a great deal we need to go out of Weston Creek for.

Rivett was established in the late 60s and named after Scientist, Sir Albert Cherbury David Rivett (Australian chemist and former CEO of CSIRO 1927-1945).

Median house prices are $480,217 and units are $463,759. Rivett is made up of 82% houses, 10% town houses, 1% units and 7% other.

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The Rivetto Ghetto is a pretty cool place to live. You’ll find some lovely big houses bordered by smaller ex govvies and a range of people with difference experiences and backgrounds. Sure, we could do with a nice coffee shop but for the most part we’re happy to travel for that.

Streets are named after: Australian Flora
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 3021
Population breakdown: 49% men, 51% women
Crime: 144 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)

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A look around Canberra – Doing time in the Rivetto Ghetto
Michele the Celebran 9:31 am 03 Apr 15

Hi Emily
You could pop across to Duffy shops for this brilliant coffee shop: Niugini Arabica. You can sit next to the play area while you’re enjoying your coffee and the kids are having fun. We like to ride our bikes there from Weston. Highly recommended for all residents of The Creek.

Weatherman 7:09 am 29 Mar 15

Rivett is a nice community. People of various backgrounds live there. I’ve had to work there a few times before. I The only reason I don’t go to Weston Creek that often is because the road conditions seem dangerous in that area.

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