I took myself back to the Belconnen region this week for A Look Around Canberra and got lost on the way to Kaleen. Mainly because I thought I knew where it was without using a GPS, and partially because I couldn’t find the usual suburb signs that are on just about every corner. I found one eventually!
Kaleen shares a border with Bruce, Lyneham, Giralang, and the new development of Lawson. It was gazetted on 15 January 1974. Kaleen is the first suburb I’ve profiled that doesn’t take its name from a person. Kaleen is from the language of the Wiradhuri tribe of the central-west of New South Wales, meaning ‘water’. The streets are named after Australian rivers.
In past suburb profiles I’ve referred to some suburbs as leafy (Curtin and Kingston for example). Kaleen is leafy but in more of a ‘bush’ way. This is a good thing. I despise suburbs that have no trees and I love love love suburbs that are packed with them. Kaleen seems like a lovely neighbourhood, with a real community vibe to it. There are two ovals here, both of which were packed with local sports teams and kids of all ages. There are also two sets of shops in Kaleen, one with a Supabarn shopping centre.
Three primary schools and one high school are situated here: Kaleen Primary, St Michael’s Primary, Maribyrnong Primary, and UC High School Kaleen.
94.2 per cent of dwellings are houses, 2 per cent are townhouses, and 3.7 per cent are apartments. I know that doesn’t add up to 100 per cent, but I’m just going off what the Census says!
The median income for a family with children is around $153,000 per annum. Families without children sits at around $139,000.
One thing I liked about Kaleen is that they had several playgrounds. I don’t have kids or any real use for a playground (though I do like swings), it’s just something nice to see in a community.
Streets are named after: Australian rivers
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population breakdown: 50.7 per cent male, 49.3 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 299 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)