The original suburb of Acton (are people going to start calling it Old Acton now?) was named by Lieutenant Arthur Jeffreys after a town in Denbighshire, Wales.
New Acton is a quite a nice part of Canberra. It has three main apartment complexes: Nishi, New Acton South and New Acton East.
This area has close proximity to Lake Burley Griffin and Civic, plenty of cafes – including Mocan and Green Grout, which has made it into the Good Food Top 20 best restaurants in Canberra for the last two years, and a Max Brenner.
The most recognisable part of New Acton would probably have to be the Nishi building which houses HotelHotel as well as residential apartments and restaurants. Nishi is the building that looks like a giant honeycomb on one side, and on the other side has plants growing out of it.
Some parts of New Acton remind me of a little mystical village. It can be very quiet at times and often looks perfectly groomed, with not a leaf out of place. This could be why some residents were upset about Westside, complaining about noise levels through a public letterboxing effort. As far as I am aware, the group’s complaints did not achieve anything.
A big feature of New Acton are the many different sculptures, statues and other artworks. The Time Thief by Robin Blau is one of my favourites.
Streets are named after: No theme. The streets were named before themes were put in place.
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 1966 (this is all of Acton, statistics for New Acton are unavailable)
Population breakdown: 51.5 per cent male, 48.5 per cent female
Average children per family: Due to the small population of this area, limited information has been provided in the Census.
Crime: 281 incidents in 2014 (all of Acton)