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A look around Canberra – Macgregor

By Alexandra Craig 16 January 2015 6

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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.

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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.

Quick stats
Streets are named after:  Australian medical professionals
Federal Electorate:  Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population: 5506
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)

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Madam Cholet 11:45 am 25 Jan 15

Land value up = increase in rates. Not always desirable.

frankie 9:48 pm 24 Jan 15

miz said :

I’ve certainly heard of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Macgregor – ‘old’ being quite desirable, ‘new’ significantly less so (having really small blocks with ticky tacky houses, and being downwind of the egg farm).

I live in one of those ticky tacky houses in “new Macgregor”, thank you very much. Our front yard is managed by the council for free, and we have NBN FTTH. Our land value also just went up $10,000 last year, and views are spectacular because there are virtually no trees blocking the panaroma, nevermind the low fire hazard. Now ask those living in “old Macgregor” if they have the same pros… they’re probably too busy raking up all the leaves and branches in their desirable backyards (half of which are filled with broken down cars and old furniture) to dial in to Dodo and respond to your post :P.

miz 9:01 pm 19 Jan 15

I’ve certainly heard of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Macgregor – ‘old’ being quite desirable, ‘new’ significantly less so (having really small blocks with ticky tacky houses, and being downwind of the egg farm).

And how quintessentially Canberran is your feature photo of unmown weeds!

house_husband 7:20 am 19 Jan 15

One of the best bits of Macgregor is Goodwin Hill. Lovely to walk around with panoramic views in all directions.

wildturkeycanoe 6:13 pm 18 Jan 15

Macgregor is quiet like that all the time, especially the new Macgregor. Sometimes I wonder if our kids are the only ones allowed outside as the only noise in the neighborhood can be heard from our backyard.

Evilomlap 1:10 pm 16 Jan 15

Thanks for doing my old stomping ground Alexandra. My parents bought one of the first houses ever built there. I grew up near the Macgregor shops and went to the primary school. It has indeed changed a lot. The shops used to be the typical suburban shops that are few and far between now – a takeaway, grocery shop, hairdresser, video shop, newsagent. There was even a medical centre at one stage and it was the original home of Butts N Brew (now at Kaleen).

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