This week I went to check out the suburb of Macgregor, situated in Canberra’s far west. Macgregor’s neighbours are Latham, Dunlop, Holt, Charnwood, and the ACT/NSW border line.
It was first gazetted on 9 September 1971 and was named after Sir William Macgregor, Governor of Queensland between 1909-1914, and the very first Chancellor of the University of Queensland.
When I did my drive through of Macgregor it was a stinking hot day, around 1pm in the afternoon, so I’m not sure if it’s usually so quiet or if everyone was just sitting inside staying cool. I probably only passed about four cars while I was driving around. I’d heard about ‘New Macgregor’, which is a newish housing estate. As far as I can tell, it’s still technically Macgregor and locals are the only ones that differentiate between new and old.
The median property price is $373,000 (2011 figures, recent figures unavailable), up from $142,000 in 2000. 86.2 per cent of dwellings are houses, 12.2 per cent are semi-detached/townhouses, and 1.6 per cent are apartments/flats. The 1.6 per cent equates for 32 apartments/flats. I suspect this means there is only one block of apartments in Macgregor, or perhaps two small ones.
The median weekly income is $2547 for families with children, and $2350 for families without children.
I drove around for ages trying to find Macgregor shops, because I was convinced there was a strip somewhere. Turns out there used to be some shops but now that area is home to King Swim Centre and Tommy and Me cafe. There are shops close by at Holt and Charnwood.
This suburb has Macgregor Primary School (which also includes a pre-school), and the closest High School is Kingsford Smith School.
Umbagong District Park is also accessible in Macgregor. As well as beautiful, wide open spaces, the park has facilities such as playground equipment, picnic areas (with electric barbecues), and paths for cycling and walking.
Streets are named after: Australian medical professionals
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population breakdown: 49.4 per cent male, 50.6 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 162 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)