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A look around Canberra – Hackett

By Steven Bailey - 6 March 2015 3

With leafy streets, an oval of bounding dogs, quirky characters and bustling businesses, the suburb of Hackett harbours a unique and vibrant community.

The suburb was named after newspaper editor Sir John Winthrop Hackett, in recognition of his efforts to support the federation of the Australian colonies of 1901. Many of the streets in Hackett are named after influential scientists. For example, Madigan Street is named after the geologist Cecil Thomas Madigan, and Rivett Street is named after chemist Albert Cherbury David Rivett. 

Hackett is home to a great and growing community of comradery. Neighbours know one another, and kids ride their pushbikes in the lulled and safe streets. My neighbour Trevor walks to the oval every few days with a golf club in hand to practise his swing where there is a daily gathering of bounding dogs who get to play off the leash while the owners shoot the friendly breeze.

Over the past five years, the Hackett shops have experienced a welcomed renaissance of small business. The shops are now  a bustling hub of good food, friendly service and familiar faces.

Hackett Shops

This is a picture of IGA staff Arthur, Ari, and Steve, all of whom have a keen interest in supporting quality Australian produce and supporting their local community too.

I recently lost my dog, Bruce, in a storm and she found herself sitting in front of the store. As she had lost her collar people were unable to contact me, but the fellas at the IGA tied Bruce up to a pole and put a picture of her on Facebook, and went out of their way to make sure she was looked after. Now you wouldn’t get that from Coles or Woolworths!

Ari is by far the cheekiest one of all, and is always great fun to have a good chinwag about politics too… he puts me in my place from time to time and probably rightly so!

monkey wrench cycles

These are business partners Stan and Joel, from the bicycle service centre Monkey Wrench Cycles. Joe and Stan first met over a few beers at a pub about five years ago and have been working together ever since. One thing that differentiates these two chaps from many of the other bike shops around town is that they attempt to fix anything so long as it has pedals and a few wheels. These fellas really know what they’re doing, and they give great advice too.

Siam Twist

With great authentic Thai cuisine, Siam Twist is the latest addition to the food scene in Hackett.

florist hackett

Hackett’s florist The Snail and Petal is a particularly classy and charming business. Although the staff are a little camera shy, you’ll be sure to walk out with the perfect something for the special someone.

wilburs cafe

This is owner and manager of Wilbur’s Café Corey. Corey presides over a great Hackett institution. They’ve got everything – beautiful art work on the walls, a nice warm fire place for winter, a good selection of beers, live music, excellent pub food, pizzas, gourmet meals, and something for the kids too. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wilbur’s have excellent and friendly staff – I think I’d just live there if they let me!!

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3 Responses to
A look around Canberra – Hackett
harolumbus 3:25 pm 30 Jul 15

6 Year Hackett resident here, largely lived in O’Connor and Ainslie as a renter most of my adult life – But couldn’t afford to buy there in a pink fit. Went across to ‘the wrong side of northbourne’ only to find that it is the right side of Northbourne! The bush reserves, the quiet, the lowest crime rate, but mostly, the fantastic walking and mountain biking that the bush reserves offer. How in the blazes could this article ignore what is the best part about living on “The right side of Northbourne “, Hackett ?!

This article is not a look around Hackett, it is a look around the Hackett shops !

Hackett has so much natural beauty explore in the beautiful bush nature reserves of Mount Majura and Mount Ainslie that it borders. A huge amount of bushwalking trails, challenging and steep mountain bike trails, the fabulous Majura Pines Mountain Bike trail park (Ok, only recently re-opened – but it was always there and is world famous in MTB circles – yes, WORLD famous!) that attracts interstate visitors with access gates to the reserves from Hackett.

This kind of article only goes to further the falsehood that Canberra is just a retail park. Advice to budding journalists who write for the RA – do a little investigating, that’s the name of the game !

Kalliste 2:22 pm 09 Mar 15

I lived in Hackett around 10 years ago now. The bakery had just closed down and the IGA was basically all that was there. It’s great that there is more life down there now.

It would have been good to see more of Hackett than the shops, maybe some photos from mt majura etc.

Plus the population/crime stats.

Pragmatix 4:29 pm 08 Mar 15

The Hackett shops really do look better than they used to. The community is a lot better for it. They were fighting for a chemist there a few years ago but unfortunately it didn’t work out.

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