Lyneham, Australian Capital Territory
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
|• Density||815/km2 (2,112/sq mi)|
|Area||5.5 km2 (2.1 sq mi)|
Lyneham is a suburb of Canberra, Australia in the North Canberra district. It is named after Sir William Lyne, premier of the Australian state of New South Wales from 1899 to 1901. The suburb name was gazetted in 1928, but development did not commence until 1958. The streets of Lyneham are named after artists and people associated with the development of early Canberra.
Points of interest
Lyneham has many attractions including nature parks and bushland, proximity to the centre of Canberra, popular cafes including the famous Tilley's Devine Cafe and Gallery as well as the Front Cafe and Gallery, and a number of sporting facilities including the National Hockey Centre, Canberra Racecourse and the ACT Netball Centre.
St Ninian's Uniting Church in Brigalow Street is the second-oldest church in Canberra, opened in 1873. It was founded as a Presbyterian Church by the Scottish community, many of whom had come to the area as shepherds.
The style of the suburb has been evolving since development commenced in 1958. Older heritage style homes sit beside modern townhouse developments. Being one of the older suburbs in Canberra, Lyneham residents enjoy its leafy streets and established gardens. A new wetland was built on Sullivans Creek in Lyneham to improve water quality. It was opened to the public in April 2012 and it is frequented by wood ducks.
Many of the single houses between Sullivans Creek and Northbourne Avenue have been replaced by two and three storey flats in recent years. Land adjoining Northbourne Avenue is now zoned to permit redevelopment with 25 metre (about 8 storeys) high flats or 32 metres (about 11 storeys) at the corners of Mouatt Street and Macarthur Avenue with Northbourne Avenue and the first such flats were completed on the site of a two-storey motel on the corner of Northbourne Ave and Mouat St in 2013.
The part of Lyneham north of Ginninderra Drive was a relatively recent addition to the suburb of Lyneham, being built in the mid to late 1980s, while the rest of Lyneham dates back to the 1960s. North Lyneham's main feeder road, Cossington Smith Crescent, loops through the area with other streets coming off it. It also has a small shopping centre housing shops, a couple of restaurants and a number of small businesses. North Lyneham backs onto a bush reserve which separates it from the suburb of Kaleen. The walking trails in the reserve are popular with the local residents and provide scenic views of the inner northern suburbs of Canberra to the east and south and Belconnen and the Brindabella Ranges to the west.
In the 2011 Census, the population of Lyneham was 4,484, including 35 (0.8%) Indigenous persons and 2,877 (64.1%) Australian-born persons. Only 36.5% of dwellings were separate houses (compared to the Australian average of 75.6%), while 39.4% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses (Australian average: 9.9%) and 24.0% were flats, units or apartments (Australian average: 13.6%). 41.5% of the population were professionals, compared to the Australian average of 21.3%. Notably 20.8% worked in government administration, compared to the Australian average of 1.3%, although the Canberra-wide average is a very similar 20.1%. Lyneham is favoured by students and young adults with 32.8% of its population in the 20–34 year old age group (compared to the Australian average of 20.6%). The suburb has few children under 15: 10.8%, compared to 19.3% Australia-wide. 35.5% of the dwellings are occupied by single person households, compared to the Australian average of 24.3%. 36.5% of the population had no religion, while 18.8% were Catholic and 10.7% were Anglican.
Lyneham is located within the federal electorate of Fraser, which is currently (2014) represented by Andrew Leigh of the Labor Party in the House of Representatives. Polling place statistics are shown to the right for the Lyneham polling place at Lyneham Primary School in the 2013 federal and 2012 ACT elections.
In the ACT Legislative Assembly, Lyneham is part of the electorate of Molonglo, which elects seven members on the basis of proportional representation, three Labor, three Liberal and one Greens members.
Silurian calcareous shales from the Canberra Formation is overlain by Quaternary alluvium. This rock is the limestone of the original title of Canberra "Limestone Plains". Greywacke from the Ordovician age Pittman Formation is in the north west.
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- "Fraser". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 November 2006.
- "Suburb Name search results". ACT Planning & Land Authority. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- "A Brief History of the Church". St Ninian's Uniting Church. Retrieved 24 October 2006.
- "Dickson and Lyneham Wetlands". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
- "Inner North Precinct Code". ACT Planning and Land Authority. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
- "Northbourne Avenue Precinct Code". ACT Planning and Land Authority. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- "Results for Molonglo candidates at Lyneham Polling Place". ACT Electoral Commission. 12 Feb 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "Federal Election 2013 - Polling Place Lyneham". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "List of elected candidates - 2012 Election". ACT Electoral Commission. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
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