We went down to the Woden Valley this week to take a look at the suburb of Isaacs.
This suburb was named after former governor general, attorney general and chief justice Isaac Isaacs. Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate his name and ponder why his parents decided to give him essentially the same name twice.
Isaacs is surrounded by lots of beautiful bushland – the Long Gully Pine Plantation and Isaacs Ridge are wonderful areas to take a walk. A friend of mine used to live in Isaacs and her little dog Benny loved going for walks there. It’s a very quiet area so it’s perfect for smaller dogs, however, all dogs are required to be on a lead.
The Isaac shops is quite good. It has a bottle shop, a few restaurants, a little supermarket, a hairdresser and even a chiropractor. There are also a few office buildings.
The population of Isaacs was 2352 at the last census, with 36.8 per cent of the population born overseas, making it the tenth highest out of all the suburbs in Canberra. I presume this high foreign population is due to the embassies and high commissions next door in O’Malley.
A post going back ten years now on The RiotACT discussed what one writer referred to as the ugliest house in Canberra. The house was apparently built in Isaacs facing Hindmarsh Drive. I wanted to take a look but couldn’t work out where the house was. From what I can tell, no part of Isaacs faces Hindmarsh Drive. Does anyone know the house?
Streets are named after: Educationalists
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 47.6 per cent male, 52.4 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 84 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)