The naming of Canberra’s newest suburb in the Molonglo Valley after former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam is now official.
Located in the Molonglo Valley Stage 3 subdivision, Whitlam will have views to the Molonglo River and the Brindabella Ranges.
Capital works – including water, roads and traffic infrastructure – are under way to be ready for the start of construction in the suburb in late 2018.
The first release of 500 dwellings will commence in 2018-19 with home construction due to commence the following year, and the first residents likely to move in by the end of the decade.
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Minister for Housing and Suburban Development Yvette Berry said the name of the suburb was official as of today.
“In November 2015, the Chief Minister announced the intention to name the suburb to commemorate Mr Whitlam’s legacy and today we are pleased to confirm the name of the suburb has been formally notified, making it official,” Minister Berry said.
“Gough Whitlam was a one-of-a-kind man and Prime Minister, who helped Australia re-think the way we approach ideas relating to inequality and social justice. It is fitting he is being honoured in this way.”
Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman has endorsed the recommendation of the Place Names Committee to assign the name to the new suburb, saying the naming of the suburb was an acknowledgement of Gough Whitlam’s contribution to Australia.
“I had the honour of attending Mr Whitlam’s dismissal speech at Old Parliament house in 1975, it was a moving experience for a 20-year-old and for the whole nation,” he said.
“It is an honour to be able to commemorate a significant Australian for our city and mark his legacy in this way.”
In 2010, Mr Whitlam responded to the ACT Place Names Committee to give his personal permission for his name to be commemorated as a suburb name in the ACT. Mr Whitlam passed away in October 2014 and the decision to name the Canberra suburb in his honour has been welcomed by his family.