Fadden, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Fadden IBMap-MJC.png
Coordinates 35°24′07″S 149°07′05″E / 35.402°S 149.118°E / -35.402; 149.118Coordinates: 35°24′07″S 149°07′05″E / 35.402°S 149.118°E / -35.402; 149.118
Population 2,949 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 951/km2 (2,460/sq mi)
Established 1981
Gazetted 5 August 1975
Postcode(s) 2904
Area 3.1 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
District Tuggeranong
Territory electorate(s) Brindabella
Federal Division(s) Canberra
Suburbs around Fadden:
Canberra Nature Park
Wanniassa Fadden
Gowrie Macarthur

Fadden is a suburb in the Canberra, Australia district of Tuggeranong. The postcode is 2904. The suburb is named after Sir Arthur Fadden, Prime Minister of Australia briefly in 1941.[2] It was gazetted on 5 August 1975.[2] Its streets are named after Queensland politicians.[2] It is surrounded by Macarthur, Gowrie and Wanniassa. It is bounded by Erindale Drive, the Wanniassa Hills Nature Reserve, Fadden Pine Plantation and Sternberg Crescent.


At the 2016 census, Fadden had a population of 2,949 people. The median age of people in Fadden was 44 years, an increase from 35 in 2001, compared to a median age of 35 for the ACT. The median weekly individual income for Fadden in 2016 was $1,197, up from $1,054 in 2011, $819 in 2006 and $600–$699 in 2001, compared to $917 for the ACT. The median weekly household income was $2,757 up from $1509 in 2006. In 2016, the median monthly housing loan repayment in Fadden was $2,299, up from $1517 in 2006.[1][3][4][5][6][7]

The residents of Fadden are predominantly Australian born, with 75.5% being born in Australia, compared to 76.5% in 2011, 75.3 in 2006 and 77.5% in 2001. In 2016 the three countries of birth for those born overseas were England, 4.8%, China, 1.4%, New Zealand, 1.1% and South Africa, 1.1% and India 1.0%. This compares to United Kingdom, 5.7%, New Zealand, 1.1%, and Croatia, 0.9% in 2001. The most popular religious affiliations in descending order are no religion, Catholic, Anglican and Uniting.[1][3][5][7]

Fadden from Tuggeranong Hill. Fadden pines are the dark trees on the right. The backdrop is Waniassa Hills

Suburb amenities[edit]

Fadden Primary School are located on Hanlon Crescent. Fadden Primary caters for preschool and kindergarten to year 6.[8]

The Fadden local shopping centre is located on Hanlon Crescent and includes a hairdresser, a medical centre, a Chiropractor and massage therapist, and a veterinary hospital. Fadden's sporting facilities include the Tuggeranong Tennis Centre (now under a different ownerniship and completely rebuilt, called the Mpowerdome) located on Coyne Street, the Fadden Neighbourhood Oval, at the back of the primary school, and tennis courts off Stopford Crescent. Two areas of the Canberra Nature Park are located in the suburb: Wanniassa Hills to the north of the suburb and the smaller Macarthur Hill in the east. Hannah Community Park straddles the border with Gowrie.[9] The Fadden Pine Plantation, a recreational area with substantial playground and barbecue facilities, is located between Isabella Drive, Bugden Avenue and Coyne Street. The Macarthur Scout Hall is located on Coyne Street.[10]

Several ACTION bus routes service Fadden. Routes 65 and 67 run between the Tuggeranong and Woden Interchanges every 20 to 60 minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The additional services 265 and 267, following the same routes through Fadden as 65 and 67 respectively, run during peak hour from the Tuggeranong Interchange to City West. Route 170 also runs in peak hour from Monash to City West. Flexibus service 967 leaves the Tuggeranong Interchange every hour from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and the Erindale Shops every hour from 8:30pm to 11:30 p.m., and services the suburbs of Fadden, Gowrie and Macarthur.[11]


2016 Federal Election[12]
  Liberal 44.89%
  Labor 40.27%
  Greens 11.22%
  Bullet Train for Canberra 3.62%
2016 ACT Election[13]
  Liberal 50.6%
  Labor 31.3%
  Greens 5.0%
  Sex 4.6%
  Independent 2.6%

Fadden is located within the federal electorate of Canberra, which is currently (2016) represented by Gai Brodtmann in the House of Representatives. In the ACT Legislative Assembly, Fadden is part of the electorate of Brindabella, which elects five members on the basis of proportional representation, currently three Liberal and two Labor.[14] Polling place statistics are shown to the right for the Fadden polling place at Fadden Primary School in the 2016 federal[12] and 2016 ACT[13] elections.


Aerial view from east

In the east, Fadden is built on Alluvium. The west of Fadden consists of Deakin Volcanics rhyolite. The rhyolite can be coloured green-grey, purple or cream, and dates from the Silurian age at 414±9 My. A fault heads north-north-west from Macarthur Hill with a quartz outcrop.[15]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Fadden (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c Canberra's suburb and street names : origins and meanings. Department of the Environment, Land and Planning. 1992. p. 1. ISBN 1-86331-128-9.
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (19 November 2002). "Community Profile Series : Fadden (Statistical Local Area)". 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 22 June 2006.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (19 November 2002). "Community Profile Series : Canberra (Statistical Division)". 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 22 June 2006.
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Fadden (Statistical Local Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2007.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Canberra (Statistical Division)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2007.
  7. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Fadden (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 February 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ "Contact Us". Fadden Primary School. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  9. ^ Planning and Land Management Group (July 2002). "Variation to the Territory Plan No 190" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-16. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Scouts and Scout Groups Clubs in Australia Capital Territory". ACT Scouts. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  11. ^ ACTION Buses(2006)ACTION Buses. Retrieved 9 July 2006
  12. ^ a b "Federal Election 2016 - Polling Place Fadden". Australian Electoral Commission. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  13. ^ a b "2016 Results for Brindabella Candidates at Fadden Polling Place". ACT Electoral Commission. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Current members". ACT Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  15. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.