The Belconnen suburb of Holt is one of the further west suburbs in the region, in amongst Latham, Higgins, and Macgregor. The suburb was named after former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt who
was taken by a Chinese submarine presumed drowned at a Victorian beach after he went for a swim and disappeared. His body was never found.
Holt is one of those suburbs that is fairly inconspicuous. I never really hear anything about it, it’s never in the news, it kind of flies under the radar. It’s quite a nice little place though. It’s peaceful, close to bushland, and away from all the hustle and bustle that central Canberra brings. The lovely Uriarra Loop Walk is also accessible from one part of Holt.
Holt also provides equestrian activities for people with disabilities through Pegasus, a not-for-profit community organisation. Each week, about 100 riders with a disability ride at Pegasus and over 100 people volunteer. Pegasus helps riders improve balance, muscle development, fitness and co-ordination.
The area of Kippax is located in Holt, with the local shopping centre Kippax Fair (okay, I lied, technically Holt is in the news when the jewellers at Kippax gets ram-raided), Kippax Library, and Kippax Vet.
I’ve seen Holt described as an ‘up and coming’ suburb a few times now. Property prices are quite reasonable at the moment with the median property price at $410,000 – much lower than other parts of Canberra! I’m sure property prices will continue to rise in Holt, in line with the trend, however only time will tell if it will become sought after for home buyers.
Streets are named after: Sportspeople
Federal electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population breakdown: 47.4 per cent male, 52.6 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.7
Crime: 424 incidents in 2014 (excluding traffic infringements)
(Image from Pegasus.)