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The old argument: ACT or Jerrabomberra / Bungendore

By jay 1 October 2009 48

I know we’ve read banter along these lines before – not necessarily in The RiotACT, but in local rags and even across the neighbour’s fence. I am helping my cousin decide on a new location for living. He is moving from Gosford on the Central Coast and relocating to take up a job at ANU. He doesn’t want to necessarily live in Canberra, so he is out looking at Jerrabomberra and Bungendore.

If you were renting for 12 months, with a budget of about $600 – $700 / week, would you look at a place in the ACT or across in Jerra or Bunga? What are the pros and cons?

All the constructive feedback, arguments and issues would be worth hearing.

Oh – and I live in Murrumbateman, but will soon be moving to Forrest.


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MrPC 10:25 am 09 Oct 09

People, this is Canberra. People who work here tend to work in government jobs, many of which require a security clearance.

One of the things they check for in clearance is your residential history for the past ten years. If the address on your rego/license isn’t an address that you declared that you were living in, it very much counts against your reliability/trustworthiness….

jay 9:05 am 03 Oct 09

Thanks (Anarchist) … will have him check out Hawker & Weetangera as well. I know a lot of the areas mentioned by others, but in the end I want to give my cousin all the “outsider” points of view I can so he can make up his own mind to suit his family. Personally, Forrest suits my lifestyle and budget, but this won’t work for him longer term.

Thanks for everyone’s suggestions … I wasn’t sure what type of response I’d get from the RiotACT community, but clearly you’re all just as welcoming as I thought you’d be!

pelican 8:41 am 03 Oct 09

If your friend is here for the short-term he may be better off in Canberra. But if he really desires a rural lifestyle he won’t find it in Jerra or Bungendore which are just huge housing estates.

Braidwood, Yass or Sutton would be a better rural choice but Yass and Braidwood are a bit of a drive. There may be rural rentals on the road to Yass and at Hall or along the road to Goulburn.

Ultimately, the shortage of rental properties around town will probably dictate where your friend will end up.

2604 12:37 am 03 Oct 09

I’m not sure why your cousin is taking a job in the middle of Canberra but doesn’t necessarily want to live in Canberra. But if he’s interested in Jerra or Bungendore because he’s hankering for a more rural lifestyle he could get a rude shock. Both Jerra and the newer part of Bungendore (ie on and around McCosker Drive) are really just like any suburb of Canberra, except that some of the blocks are huge. He may enjoy the rural scenes on the drive to/from Canberra, but his house’ll still be only metres away from the neighbours’ place, and of a night he’ll still be able to hear the neighbours’ kids/dogs. Ditto for the new estates around Murrumbateman.

For mine, based on the info you’ve provided, I think that your cousin should try for a place in Hawker or Weetangera, in Canberra. Close to ANU (maybe a ten-minute drive via William Hovell Drive and Parkes Way) and UC, close to the Pinnacle nature reserve and the facilities of Belconnen – including the Westfield and the Belconnen Markets. Less horrendously-priced than the inner north or south, and less crime, as well. For your cousin’s budget you can get a very good, large house in either of these suburbs.

Good luck to him and with your move to Forrest.

jay 11:12 pm 02 Oct 09

geminisc said :

Bungendore is a nice town in terms quiet. Not much going on that I can see (but I’ve only been there for about 1 1/2 months now). Rent is cheaper, I think on avg around the $400 mark? But from what I understand rent is fairly tight too. Then again that could be said for any part of Canberra right? 😉

Good luck with your search!

Thanks geminisc … appreciate your Bungendore insights.

jay 11:10 pm 02 Oct 09

Good tip on Greenleigh – didn’t know about that one myself.

Chop71 9:54 pm 02 Oct 09

Kids enrolled at UC, as many of you have suggested inner Belconnen is the winner. (Aranda Bruce etc) or you could pick any of the older style suburbs in Belconnen and still get a reasonable size block. (enough room to swing a cat, without your neighbours seeing). A bus trip to ANU would be 20 mins max and you don’t have to worry about parking.

Chop71 9:43 pm 02 Oct 09

How close is Bungendore to the nearest hospital? Schools? etc. This info is not listed on and why does the Chronicle only list property for sale in NSW and not the ACT? are there some legal issues stopping them list ACT properties?

Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

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