A last minute change in schedule saw me off to Scullin this week for A Look Around Canberra. Located in the Belconnen region, Scullin is nestled in amongst Page, Hawker, Higgins and Florey, and has a population of 2814.
This suburb was named after the ninth Prime Minister of Australia James Scullin and was gazetted on 6 June 1968.
I’d only visited Scullin for the first time about a fortnight ago, for the purpose of visiting a massage clinic at the shops (which, by the way, is awesome), and I thought to myself how run down the shops were and that they were in need of a major upgrade. So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered the Scullin shops received a $1.12 million upgrade in 2012. I’m not sure if that’s an indication of how bad the shops were before the upgrade, or if the upgrade largely didn’t make that much of an aesthetic difference.
Driving around Scullin, it seems like a lovely neighbourhood. People walking dogs, kids out on their bikes, and visually the streets are nice enough . However, the information available online about this suburb is largely negative, lots of robberies and even an extreme animal cruelty case from 2011. I wasn’t able to find more details on this other than the accused pleading not guilty at the first court hearing. If anyone knows more, including the animal’s recovery, please leave a comment.
Scullin doesn’t have a huge amount of amenities besides the shops. However, Belconnen Westfield isn’t that far away and the nearest high school is only a suburb away in Hawker. The median house price is under $500,000 too which is a good thing for home buyers.
I think Scullin gets a bad rap. It might not be the most exciting suburb in Canberra, but the poor actions of the minority shouldn’t create a negative reputation for the rest of the Scullin-ites. I reckon it’s okay.
Streets are named after: Aviators
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Gininnderra
Population breakdown: 49.5 per cent male, 50.5 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.7
Crime: 118 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)