Charnwood, Australian Capital Territory

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Charnwood
CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Charnwood IBMap-MJC.png
Population 3,068 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,610/km2 (4,180/sq mi)
Established 1973
Postcode(s) 2615
Area 1.9 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
District Belconnen
Territory electorate(s) Ginninderra
Federal Division(s) Fraser
Suburbs around Charnwood:
Dunlop Fraser Fraser
Dunlop Charnwood Flynn
Macgregor Latham Flynn

Charnwood (postcode: 2615) is a suburb in the Belconnen district of Canberra located within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Design[edit]

Charnwood shopping centre

Charnwood's estate design was based on the Radburn principle. Under this design, houses were to face common parkland, with the suburb's streets servicing garages situated at the rear of the houses. The design failed in its application, however, as home owners built fences around the "park side" of their blocks, effectively screening the houses away from the common parkland. This created long, narrow, fenced walkways, with poor lighting and no neighbourhood surveillance. The network of pathways ensures that it is possible to walk from any point in the suburb to any other without directly crossing a road; pedestrian bridges can be used to cross the few major streets within the suburb.

Charnwood is the location of the Charnwood centre shopping area which serves surrounding suburbs. The shopping centre is well known as the location of the Greater Indian International Restaurant, Canberra Martial Arts Academy, Woolworths, McDonalds, Ginninderra Labor Club, Charcoal Chicken take-away, Charnwood Chemist, Bernie's at the Bay Fish and Chip shop, Charnwood Newsagency, EBM Computers, Prime Cut Butchers, and the Asian Delights Bakery.

Charnwood is home to Charnwood-Dunlop Primary School, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Charnwood High School (now closed and housing the Canberra Christian Life Centre).

Naming[edit]

According to the Act Planning and Land Authority website, the suburb is named after: "[a] former homestead in the Belconnen District; Henry Hall obtained a grant of 3,492 acres (14.13 km2) of land which he named 'Charnwood', 1833; named after the Forest of Charnwood in England."[2]

Street names in Charnwood are named after New South Wales pioneers and the suburb name 'Charnwood' was gazetted on 9 September 1971.[2]

Interests[edit]

Charnwood is the treed area behind the bare Dunlop in this aerial picture looking to the southeast over Belconnen

Each year, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Charnwood-Dunlop Primary School and Mount Rogers Scout Group hold the 'Charny Carny', a unique event which is held as the schools' joint fête. This carnival has the purpose of building community spirit and raising funds for both the schools and the Scout Group.

The Charnwood District Playing Fields are home to the Ginninderra "Tigers" athletics club during the track season (October - March). The motto of the club is "family fun and fitness" and it helps to build community; 223 little athletes were registered in the 2011 - 12 season. In the 2011 - 12 season, the Tigers athletics club placed second in the ACT competition, which compares very favourably with other similarly sized clubs.

Political representation[edit]

For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, Charnwood is in the Division of Fraser.[3]

For the purposes of Australian Capital Territory elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Charnwood is in the Ginninderra electorate.[4]

Geology[edit]

Rocks in Charnwood are from the Silurian age. Deakin Volcanics purple rhyodacite is found in most of Charnwood. The Deakin Fault passes in the north west direction on the north east edge of the Deakin Volcanics, The fault dropped down the Deakin Volcanics and raised up the south west side. Hawkins Volcanics green-grey dacite and quartz andesite are in the north east on the other side of Deakin Fault.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Charnwood (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Fraser (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Electorates 2012 election". Electorates. ACT Electoral Commission. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 35°12′00″S 149°02′13″E / 35.200°S 149.037°E / -35.200; 149.037