I’ve lived in Canberra for nearly five years and I enjoy that doing these articles often takes me to suburbs I’ve never set foot in before, despite driving past the perimeter about a million times. Giralang is one of these suburbs.
Located in the Belconnen region, Giralang is named after a word in the language of the Wiradhuri people, meaning ‘star’. The suburb has an overall theme, with streets named after Aboriginal words for stars, astronomers, and constellations seen from the Southern Hemisphere.
The Giralang shops are a highly controversial topic as they’ve been in and out of the news and the courts for several years now. The run-down shops were in desperate need of an upgrade, which was granted, but some locals were furious when the government approved the construction of a Woolworths supermarket. It seems that that decision is still up in the air after local business owners made their voices heard.
Just over a year ago, a RiotACT member going by the unassuming name ‘GiralangShops’ posted a series of photos of the then-current state of the shops which were, in all honesty, pretty disgusting. I took a look this week and found that it’s all been bulldozed since then. It looks as if construction has already started on what I presume is the new shops, but there weren’t any tradies in sight so I’m not sure if construction is up and running or if its on a delay due to the court proceedings I mentioned previously.
Property prices in Giralang are averaged at just over $590,000 which puts them above the Canberra average of $564,000. The most expensive property ever sold in Giralang went for $920,000 earlier this year.
Giralang has a primary school, but no high school. However, there are a number of high schools in neighbouring suburbs such as Kaleen, Macquarie, and Melba. There is also an early childhood education facility for Jewish children which is on the site of the former Giralang Preschool building.
Giralang is a nice enough suburb but it’s definitely in need of some excitement. I look forward to seeing the finished product that is the Giralang Shops!
Streets are named after: Aboriginal words for stars, astronomers, and constellations seen from the Southern Hemisphere
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population breakdown: 50.1 per cent male, 49.9 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 135 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)