The suburb of Lyons in the Woden Valley is nestled in between Curtin and Chifley; the Tuggeranong Parkway to one side and Westfield Woden to the other.
Gazetted on 12 May 1966, this neat and hilly suburb was named after former Prime Minister Joseph Lyons who ran the nation between 1931 and 1939.
There’s not much in the way of local anecdotes or urban legends in Lyons (that I know of!), however some may be interested to know that Mr Fluffy himself, aka Dirk Jansen, the guy who pumped loose fill asbestos into over 1000 homes in the 1960s and 1970s, used to live in Lyons. His former home was pumped with Mr Fluffy and was used to store bags of the toxic substance. Sadly, like the other 1000+ homes, this house will eventually be demolished.
Lyons has a nice little set of shops with a news agency and small grocery store. It is also home to the fantastic cafe Stand by Me which I am hugely impressed by – it has delicious, reasonably priced food, and they even play Fleetwood Mac! Stand by Me has done a great job bringing people from across Canberra into the Lyons shops. I think trendy cafes like this are a great way of revitalising the shops in suburban areas across the Territory.
Lyons also has quite a few properties selling for more money than most of us can only dream of. The highest sale price here is just under $1.3 million!
This suburb would be a great place to live. It’s close to shops, schools, the Parkway, and is only a short drive to the city. Lyons wins bonus points for how neatly presented it is and for having a top notch cafe.
Streets are named after: Tasmanian towns and places
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 51.2 per cent male, 48.8 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 77 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)