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Welcome to Whitlam, Canberra’s newest suburb

Lachlan Roberts 1 July 2019 15

Nearly four years since the Chief Minister announced the government’s intention to name the suburb Whitlam, Ms Berry said the naming of the suburb was fitting to commemorate the only Prime Minister that grew up in the ACT.

“I cannot imagine a better place for people to be able to say, ‘Wow, I’m going home to Whitlam’,” Ms Berry said. “I think that is a really powerful message and a beautiful place to live.

“I think this will be more than just a suburb for the 2100 homes that will be here but also a suburb that Canberrans will proudly call a Canberra suburb. I think we will all call Whitlam our own and I think there will be a fierce competition about which side of the river it lies on.

“Gough Whitlam was a one-of-a-kind person and Prime Minister, who helped Australia re-think the way we approach ideas relating to inequality and social justice. This is the perfect memory to his work and his life and this city as well.”

Ms Berry also assured that mature trees have been retained where possible and many additional trees will be planted. Excess rock from the development will be stockpiled for the ACT Parks and Conservation Service and be used as habitat restoration along the Molonglo River for the vulnerable Pink-Tailed Worm-Lizard.

Turning the first sod.

Turning the first sod.

Ms Dovey said naming the suburb in her late father’s memory was important for her family’s legacy.

“I am pretty thrilled. I think it is nice to have the name in perpetuity in a place where he grew up unlike any previous Prime Minister as far as I am aware,” Ms Dovey said.

“I think it also helps acknowledge the contribution his own father made to Canberra when the family moved here in 1927 when Canberra was much like this – plots of earth.”


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15 Responses to Welcome to Whitlam, Canberra’s newest suburb
Alexander Ryan-Jones Alexander Ryan-Jones 3:19 am 04 Jul 19

I wonder if you'll have a view of the Governer General's House from there...fitting really.

John Moulis John Moulis 4:41 pm 03 Jul 19

No suburb named after Sir William McMahon. Kate Carnell’s government named a suburb on plans for Gungahlin but when Jon Stanhope won government it was renamed Moncrieff “because we think it should be named after a woman” he said at the time.

Briohny Conway Briohny Conway 2:42 pm 03 Jul 19

Can we stop building these awful suburbs please? Or how about giving people more than a postage stamp to build on this time? Anyone ever heard of trees? Backyards? May as well live in an apartment as buy a house in those horrendous areas. Totally ruining Canberra.

Tracey Crump Tracey Crump 12:11 pm 03 Jul 19

There goes the beautiful rolling hills and country scenery. Oh, and here come thousands more cars onto William Novell Drive, which already can't cope.

    Nicki Bowman Nicki Bowman 12:15 pm 03 Jul 19

    Tracey Crump time to move 😁

    Tracey Crump Tracey Crump 8:51 pm 03 Jul 19

    Nicki Bowman bahaha...you're relentless😂🤣😂🤣 Love it!

    Nicki Bowman Nicki Bowman 8:52 pm 03 Jul 19

    Tracey Crump you keep offering up irresistible material...

Kim Fischer Kim Fischer 8:19 am 03 Jul 19

I wish the public were invited to this event. Gough was a Canberran :)

    Hugh Boulter Hugh Boulter 6:57 pm 04 Jul 19

    Kim, but first and foremost he was a man of the people.

    Kim Fischer Kim Fischer 10:15 pm 04 Jul 19

    Everyone who loves him wants to celebrate this.

Jill Lyall Jill Lyall 6:29 am 03 Jul 19

About time

Jenny Gordon Avery Jenny Gordon Avery 9:27 pm 02 Jul 19

Lea-anne.....I'm sold! I want to live in Whitlam 🏡

Mark Albert Mark Albert 7:32 pm 02 Jul 19

He deserves it .

    Racheal Green Racheal Green 7:54 pm 02 Jul 19

    Mark Albert he sure does. It’s out near Coppins Crossing so 10 minutes from our house.

Racheal Green Racheal Green 5:00 pm 02 Jul 19

Brenda Albert, it’s near our place. Gough would have been very pleased indeed.

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