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A look around Canberra: Fyshwick

By Alexandra Craig 29 January 2016 46

The suburb of Fyshwick is probably Canberra’s most “famous” suburb. Everyone that’s never been to Canberra knows about Fyshwick and once someone finds out you’re from Canberra they will probably ask “Can you still get fireworks/porn at Fyshwick?” The answer to that question is no you can’t as fireworks were banned some years ago, and yes you can. You can buy porn, you can buy a car, check out some furniture, and even duck in to a trendy cafe!

As the above description would indicate, Fyshwick is largely an industrial suburb. I always thought it was one of the only suburbs in Canberra that had zero residents but in fact Fyshwick had 38 residents at the last Census. I’m unsure where the residental part of Fyshwick actually is, from the map it looks like it takes in part of The Causeway area so perhaps a few houses there scrape in.

Fyshwick is home to an outlet shopping centre, formerly known as DFO it was renamed semi-recently to COC (Canberra Outlet Centre). Surely the irony is lost on whoever ticked off on the name change, especially given that COC is located on Iron Knob Street.

There is also some really cool cafes in Fyshwick. My favourite is ONA Coffee on Wollongong Street, and friends speak very highly of Two Hands on Lyell Street. If you’re after a sweet treat there’s also Flute Bakery on Barrier Street and Dream Cuisine Patisserie on Whyalla Street.

 

two hands cafe

For those wondering where the name Fyshwick came from, wonder no more! It was named after Philip Oakley Fysh, one of the Founders of the Consitution, and at the suggestion of the Federal Capital Commission, the Canberra National Memorials Committee approved the inclusion of the suffix ‘wick’ which meant ‘village’.

Street theme: Industrial towns 
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 38
Average children per family: 1.5<
Crime: 572 incidents in 2015 (not including traffic infringements)


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Smithers 12:03 pm 03 Feb 16

I purchased fireworks in Fyshwick last year.

dungfungus 7:09 pm 02 Feb 16

Nilrem said :

dungfungus said :

Nilrem said :

One category of Fyshwick’s most notorious (and quite prominent) businesses didn’t get a mention!

Are you referring to the toxic legacy left by the big oil company prominently located on the main entrance street to Fyshwick that will soon become another Canberra environmental disaster after asbestos and the Mugga Lane landfill?

No, the sex industry, which is technically confined to Fyshwick/Mitchell/Hume. I didn’t know about the oil spill issue. What’s the state of play with that?

Not so much an oil spill but fuel (hydrocarbon pollution). It’s leaching into a nearby creek.
It would be on this secret list but of course, that is “commercial in confidence”.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/more-than-1000-potentially-contaminated-sites-identified-in-act-20150123-12×249.html

creative_canberran 4:55 pm 02 Feb 16

There’s six houses in Fyshwick, a number of other properties that appear to be temporary accommodation. Of the 38 regular residents counted in the census, there’s 3 with postgrad qualifications, but most have certificates and diplomas. Many are single parent families. The majority did not live there 5 years ago, having moved in from NSW mostly. All are Australian background. There were 38 regular residents on census night, but 50 people residing in Fyshwick on census night.

rubaiyat 12:29 pm 02 Feb 16

chewy14 said :

Did you just quote an unsourced wikipedia article as the basis of your “concentration camp” claim?

Read.

Particularly the list of references given at the foot of every Wikipedia article.

I’ve written a number myself and they do not go unverified and cross checked.

rubaiyat 12:27 pm 02 Feb 16

dungfungus said :

Nilrem said :

One category of Fyshwick’s most notorious (and quite prominent) businesses didn’t get a mention!

Are you referring to the toxic legacy left by the big oil company prominently located on the main entrance street to Fyshwick that will soon become another Canberra environmental disaster after asbestos and the Mugga Lane landfill?

Ahhh. Toxic oil spill! Hmmmmm.

Now where did I park my car?

Nilrem 12:21 pm 02 Feb 16

dungfungus said :

Nilrem said :

One category of Fyshwick’s most notorious (and quite prominent) businesses didn’t get a mention!

Are you referring to the toxic legacy left by the big oil company prominently located on the main entrance street to Fyshwick that will soon become another Canberra environmental disaster after asbestos and the Mugga Lane landfill?

No, the sex industry, which is technically confined to Fyshwick/Mitchell/Hume. I didn’t know about the oil spill issue. What’s the state of play with that?

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