The suburb of Duffy, located in the Weston Creek region on Canberra’s south side, was named after Sir Charles Gavan Duffy – one of the earliest Victorian premiers.
Duffy is quite a nice suburb, very leafy and quiet, with plenty of nice houses. It’s a pretty popular suburb and house prices are on the rise.
Sadly, when the 2003 bushfires came to town Duffy copped the brunt of the damage; losing around 200 homes (out of 400 destroyed) and a petrol station.
15 of the homes destroyed in Duffy were in one street. One of the fatalities was also in Duffy.
A bushfire memorial was also erected in Duffy by the ACT Government. It’s accessible by bike so if you’re ever out at Mt Stromlo for a cycle it’s well worth stopping at the memorial for a look – it’s a very peaceful space.
Duffy has its own set of local shops but to be honest they are a bit old and tired. They could definitely do with a revamp to brighten things up a bit.
Cooleman Court is just around the corner and I imagine most people just go there instead of the Duffy shops. The shops do have their playground though and I reckon that counts for something!
As I said earlier, Duffy is a really nice suburb and highly sought after area. A lot of residents speak about the strong community vibe in Duffy and I wonder if this could be attributed to the events of January 2003, perhaps people look out for their neighbours more because of past horrors.
Or, it could just be that the people that live in Duffy are really friendly in general. Either way, it looks like a great place to live.
Streets are named after: Australian dams and reservoirs
Federal electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 49.3 per cent male, 50.7 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.9
Crime: 90 incidents in 2014 (excluding traffic infringements)