Gowrie, Australian Capital Territory

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Gowrie
CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Gowrie IBMap-MJC.png
Coordinates 35°24′43″S 149°06′36″E / 35.412°S 149.110°E / -35.412; 149.110Coordinates: 35°24′43″S 149°06′36″E / 35.412°S 149.110°E / -35.412; 149.110
Population 3,056 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 1,610/km2 (4,170/sq mi)
Established 1981
Gazetted 5 August 1975
Postcode(s) 2904
Area 1.9 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
District Tuggeranong
Territory electorate(s) Brindabella
Federal Division(s) Canberra
Suburbs around Gowrie:
Wanniassa Fadden
Monash Gowrie
Isabella Plains Richardson Chisholm

Gowrie is a suburb of Canberra, Australia, located in the northern end of the Tuggeranong Valley. Tuggeranong suburbs are the southernmost of Australia's capital city. Gowrie is named after Brigadier-General Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie (1872–1955), Governor-General of Australia from 1936–1944.[2]

Gowrie's streets are all named after members of the Australian Defence Force who won decorations, including the Victoria Cross.[2] Gowrie is the former site of the Athllon Homestead.

Demographics[edit]

On 2016 census, Gowrie had a population of 3,056 people. The median age of people in Gowrie was 38 years, compared to a median age of 35 for Canberra. Unemployment in Gowrie was 0.6% lower than the Canberra average (2011). The median individual income for Gowrie in 2011 was $1,003, almost equal with the ACT median of $998, while the median household income was $2,228. In 2011, the median monthly housing loan repayment in Gowrie was $2,167.[1]

The residents of Gowrie are predominantly Australian born, with 77.1% being born in Australia. The three main countries of birth for those born overseas were England, 3.7%, Philippines, 1.2%, India, 1.2%, New Zealand, 1.1%, Italy and 1.0%. The most popular religious affiliations in descending order are no religion, Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian and reformed.[1]

Suburb amenities[edit]

Gowrie Primary School, showing the Lambrigg, Cuppacumbalong and Lanyon buildings

Gowrie Primary School, located on Jeffries Street, opened in 1983. The school's design has a rural theme, and each of the buildings are named after properties in the Tuggeranong Valley.[3] The Catholic Holy Family Parish Primary School and the Holy Family Church, both part of the South Tuggeranong Corpus Christi Parish, are located on Bugden Avenue.[4] Tuggeranong Presbyterian Church meets at Gowrie Primary School in Jeffries Street.[5]

The Gowrie local shopping centre is located on Jeffries Street. The centre includes a supermarket, pharmacy, hairdresser and the Common Grounds cafe. Jeffries Street is also the site of a child care centre and the Gowrie Preschool. The Erindale Scout Hall is in Finlay Place.[6] The Gowrie District Playing fields also are located in the suburb.

Gowrie is serviced by several ACTION bus routes. Routes 65, 66 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 Gowrie 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 Gowrie, Fadden and Macarthur.[7]

Politics[edit]

2016 Federal Election[8]
  Labor 40.27%
  Liberal 36.34%
  Greens 13.86%
  Bullet Train for Canberra 5.08%
2016 ACT Election[9]
  Liberal 41.0%
  Labor 33.5%
  Sex 7.2%
  Greens 6.0%
  Liberal Democrats 3.0%

Gowrie 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, Gowrie is part of the electorate of Brindabella, which elects five members on the basis of proportional representation, currently three Liberal and two Labor.[10] Polling place statistics are shown to the right for the Gowrie polling place at Gowrie Primary School in the 2016 federal[8] and 2016 ACT[9] elections.

Geology[edit]

The west of Gowrie is built on Deakin Volcanics green-grey and purple rhyodacite. In the east, Gowrie is built on green-grey, purple and cream rhyolite. These rocks are 414 million years old from the Silurian period.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gowrie (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Canberra's suburb and street names : origins and meanings. Department of the Environment, Land and Planning. 1992. p. 54. ISBN 1-86331-128-9. 
  3. ^ "Gowrie Primary School: Our School". Gowrie Primary School. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Holy Family School in Gowrie". Gowrie Primary School. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tuggeranong Presbyterian Church". Tuggeranong Presbyterian Church. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Erindale Scout Group (2006) Home. Retrieved 1 July 2006
  7. ^ ACTION Buses(2006)ACTION Buses. Retrieved 2 July 2006
  8. ^ a b "Federal Election 2016 - Polling Place Gowrie". Australian Electoral Commission. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "2016 Results for Brindabella Candidates at Gowrie Polling Place". ACT Electoral Commission. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Current members". ACT Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  11. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.