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Is Kambah really that bad?

By skiddy 14 September 2010 82

Hi Everyone

We’re moving our young family over from Perth and are thinking of buying in Kambah.

I hear good things and then REALLY bad things.

Are some parts better than others? Are the Kambah Village shops ok? 

If you had to choose between Wanniassa and Kambah which would it be?

Opinions much appreciated.


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scouserdog 12:36 am 27 Sep 10

I reluctantly moved to Canberra 10 years ago having heard all sorts of bad stories but I have found it the best place in Canberra to live. I work in Civic and it takes me 20 minutes door to door. Kambah shops are fine at the times I go to them altough they are run down. Television reception is fine although you do need an outside aerial. I live in a small place on the slopes of Mt Taylor at the northern end and feel very much a part of the community. It is only 10 minutes to Woden or 5 minutes to Tuggeranong for shopping. 5 minutes to Lake Tuggeranong to walk the dog. Schools are not far away. Compared with the nightmare of trying to drive into the city from the northside of town, living on the southside is a breeze.

Jethro 9:01 pm 21 Sep 10

busgirl said :

Pommy Bastard…you’re a twit.

Anyhow…Skiddy, I moved to Kambah alomst 5 years ago, down the road and round the corner from the Kambah Village shops, which by the way has been ear-marked for upgrade. I bought a 3 bedroom ex-govie on a huge 800m2 block. You’ll be hard up finding blocks that large in any of the newer suburbs for the price you could get it in Kambah. And yes, while the house (and many others in Kambah) are 30 to 40 years old, it’s not hard to do a wee bit of painting and/or renovating and landscaping if you’re not scared of a bit of hard work.

Kambah is geographically the centre of Canberra. It is 10 to 15 mins from Civic, Woden, Tuggeranong, or Manuka. A bit further to Belco…but what’s out there? It’s close to many beautiful nature reserves, the river, and the Brindies.

There’s a new super school being built, heaps of ovals, and yes PB, a huge church..so what!! And apparently you can get a good colon cleaning somewhere in Kambah too!!??

My neighbours are some of the most incredibly friendly and fabulous people I have ever come across and in the 5 years I’ve been there, only one house has been put up for sale. None of us are going anywhere!!

Geographically the centre of Canberra??? How many suburbs are to its east? its west?

Superschool? Those things are terrible ideas.

BerraBoy68 5:35 pm 21 Sep 10

housebound said :

Back OT – Kambah isn’t all that bad. Like everywhere in Canberra, you just need to pick the right street and avoid the not-so-right one. Oh, and don’t expect a local school.

Why not, Housebound? I live just under Mt Arawang and we have both a Government and a private primary school within a 5 minute walk (i.e.Mt Taylor and St Thomas the Apostle (a great school by the way!) respectively. A fairly flat 5 minute bike ride would get my kids to the new so-called superschool while 15 min’s on the bus and my son could be at Marist. May daughter would have further to go, however, should we decide on furthering their private eduction in a ‘private’ school.

housebound 4:49 pm 21 Sep 10

Back OT – Kambah isn’t all that bad. Like everywhere in Canberra, you just need to pick the right street and avoid the not-so-right one. Oh, and don’t expect a local school.

housebound 4:38 pm 21 Sep 10

Skidd Marx said You Parkway members …
You’re talking to someone else there, obviously. I don’t have anything to do with either one of those churches, never have as it turns out. Probably never will. But I don’t see the need to direct such anger and hate at people with different views to me.

PBO 2:41 pm 21 Sep 10

Pommy bastard said :

busgirl said :

Pommy Bastard…you’re a twit.

I am not now, and have never been, a weak or thin place in yarn caused by uneven spinning.

I thought a twit was a small bird.

Skidd Marx 2:29 pm 21 Sep 10

housebound said :

Skidd Marx said : I’m with PB all the way on this one – Parkway Church, a.k.a Hill$ong deserves every bit of bad publicity it gets. Evil money-hungry cultist scumbags who take advantage of the dim-witted and desperate.
Parkway isn’t Hillsong last time I heard. And the two might not appreciate the association. It might be good to get the facts straight before letting the abuse fly.

I suggest some light research before you attend your next Sunday brainwashing session. Hill$ong and Parkway are both new-age Australian denominations of the Pentecostal denomination. They have identical beliefs and ideoligies, both instill the fear of god into their followers, both engage in “vibrant worship” (look it up on youtube – scary), but crucially they are both busniesses masquerading as churches so as to avoid paying tax. You Parkway members must have pretty deep into your pockets to be able to afford your shiny-new 8.7 million dollar megachurch.

It’s a shame – there’s a lot of good humble churches out there doing great work in the community. Parkway isn’t one of them.

Pommy bastard said :

busgirl said :

Pommy Bastard…you’re a twit.

I am not now, and have never been, a weak or thin place in yarn caused by uneven spinning.

I think she used the wrong vowel.

Pommy bastard 1:26 pm 21 Sep 10

busgirl said :

Pommy Bastard…you’re a twit.

I am not now, and have never been, a weak or thin place in yarn caused by uneven spinning.

busgirl 12:56 pm 21 Sep 10

Plus…Kambah shops is home to the Sausage King of Australia!!

busgirl 12:51 pm 21 Sep 10

Pommy Bastard…you’re a twit.

Anyhow…Skiddy, I moved to Kambah alomst 5 years ago, down the road and round the corner from the Kambah Village shops, which by the way has been ear-marked for upgrade. I bought a 3 bedroom ex-govie on a huge 800m2 block. You’ll be hard up finding blocks that large in any of the newer suburbs for the price you could get it in Kambah. And yes, while the house (and many others in Kambah) are 30 to 40 years old, it’s not hard to do a wee bit of painting and/or renovating and landscaping if you’re not scared of a bit of hard work.

Kambah is geographically the centre of Canberra. It is 10 to 15 mins from Civic, Woden, Tuggeranong, or Manuka. A bit further to Belco…but what’s out there? It’s close to many beautiful nature reserves, the river, and the Brindies.

There’s a new super school being built, heaps of ovals, and yes PB, a huge church..so what!! And apparently you can get a good colon cleaning somewhere in Kambah too!!??

My neighbours are some of the most incredibly friendly and fabulous people I have ever come across and in the 5 years I’ve been there, only one house has been put up for sale. None of us are going anywhere!!

Pommy bastard 3:27 pm 20 Sep 10

housebound said :

Skidd Marx said : I’m with PB all the way on this one – Parkway Church, a.k.a Hill$ong deserves every bit of bad publicity it gets. Evil money-hungry cultist scumbags who take advantage of the dim-witted and desperate.
Parkway isn’t Hillsong last time I heard. And the two might not appreciate the association. It might be good to get the facts straight before letting the abuse fly.

Why would one bunch of evil money-hungry cultist scumbags who take advantage of the dim-witted and desperate, be dismayed for being associated with another evil money-hungry cultist scumbags who take advantage of the dim-witted and desperate? Unles they miss out on some dim-witted and desperate believers in the big sky fairy to rip off. They both believe in the same sky fairy, do they not?

Cameo 2:24 pm 20 Sep 10

“We live on the eastern side of Drakeford Dr, close to the playing fields and were told by a member of the AFP that this was the side to live on (lower crime rates etc)”

Oops. Make that the *western* side. Doh.

housebound 2:21 pm 20 Sep 10

Skidd Marx said : I’m with PB all the way on this one – Parkway Church, a.k.a Hill$ong deserves every bit of bad publicity it gets. Evil money-hungry cultist scumbags who take advantage of the dim-witted and desperate.
Parkway isn’t Hillsong last time I heard. And the two might not appreciate the association. It might be good to get the facts straight before letting the abuse fly.

Cameo 2:20 pm 20 Sep 10

As someone who moved here from Perth (East Vic Park to be precise) and rented in Kambah for 18 months before buying in Kambah, I’d say go for it.

Definitely do your research but we’ve settled very happily here with two young children. The new school (P-10) opens next year and they are already fielding lots of out of area enquiries (who have no chance of getting in, apparently)

Yes, we have bogans nearby, but who doesn’t? Our street is quiet, our neighbours lovely and I have been pleasantly surprised given the reputation some believe Kambah to have. We live on the eastern side of Drakeford Dr, close to the playing fields and were told by a member of the AFP that this was the side to live on (lower crime rates etc)

We have yet to experience any crime. A far cry from our experience at East Vic Park where someone tried to break into the sliding door of our lounge room while I was seated on the other side.

Kambah has great access to the city and Belconnen. I had my second child at Calvary Hospital and the staff were amazed we “drove all that way from Tuggeranong”. They were stunned when I told them we got there in 20 minutes and the only traffic lights we encountered were the sets right outside the hospital. Takes us less time to get there than our northside friends. We can also drive right to the city before we encounter any traffic lights.

Kambah shops are run down and in desperate need of a knockdown/rebuild. Apparently a ‘facelift’ is on the cards but there’s only so long you can dress a sheep as a lamb and get away with it!

I’ll openly admit I can be a bit of a snob and there are other suburbs that were higher on my preference list but I’m glad we bought here and I think we will be here for quite some time.

Good luck with the move.

6matt9 1:22 pm 20 Sep 10

Stay in Perth.

kezzafezza 8:50 am 18 Sep 10

I used to work in Kambah, at a disability group house. The house was next to a walkway/reserve, and staff had to park at the end of the cul-de-sac, next to the house. In the school holidays, car tyres got slashed at least once, sometimes twice, normally when there was just one staff member on, doing the sleep-over.

Lucky Grills 3:31 pm 16 Sep 10

I have lived in Kambah for two years, having moved from Weston Creek (about 4-5 kms away). We moved here after selling a unit in Hughes. Hughes by Canberra accounts is ‘nice’ as it is inner south. That said I have seen things go down at Hughes shops that I cannot imagine happening at Kambah. (Not to mention the fellow who got popped there a few months back).

I can honestly say I have never been happier living somewhere. It is clean, well serviced, with nice locals.

I honestly don’t see the bad mentality at all. I get around atr night running, walking etc, and I seriously don’t know where these perceived stereotypes come from.

It is working class, however in Canberra that doesn’t exactly mean a whole lot.

Wanniassa might as well be Kambah (vice versa) – it is a similar vibe. Lot’s of 70’s and 80’s built homes, lot’s of tradies etc, and also lots of young families.

I can’t recommend it enough. It is a nice standard Australian suburb.

The kambah Tavern has a reputation, but if you chose to go there for a wine & cheese platter you deserve what’s coming to you.

In short, yes, move to Kambah.

rosscoact 4:15 pm 15 Sep 10

Jordo said :

Go Wanni, awesome butcher…. hahahaaa another shameless plug…… http://www.jordoschopshop.com

Yes, that is shameful spam but I’m in agreement, jordo’s is one of the best butchers in the ACT.

Now Jordo, can I have that free wheelbarrow of meaty by-products

skiddy 3:52 pm 15 Sep 10

You guys are so helpful. All this is great information – especially thank you to reprobate for the tip about the TV reception.

We lived in Pearce a few years ago and loved it. Now that we’re a one income family with 3 under 4 we have to be realistic about price and location, but we were looking as close to where we used to be as possible. School is in Curtin and work is in Russell and lots of friends in Tuggers. So all those factors drew us to Wanni and Kambah on paper but we’ll definitely come over and do some driving around to get a feel for them.

The bogan factor is a turn off but at least Canberra is the home of the original bogan, better than the cashed-up ones here in Perth. Nothing worse than being sneered at for your pointless tertiary education from a McMansion chock full of plasma-screen tellies.

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