Karama, Northern Territory
Darwin, Northern Territory
Karama Shopping Plaza
|Population||4,944 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,350/km2 (6,100/sq mi)|
|Area||2.1 km2 (0.8 sq mi)|
|Location||14.1 km (9 mi) from Darwin|
|LGA(s)||City of Darwin|
The suburb of Karama is named after an Aboriginal tribe.
Karama is an established residential area in Darwin's northern suburbs built in the period from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
The suburb is predominantly made up of residents of low socioeconomic status, with many homes being government housing. The suburb had problems with youth crime throughout the 1990s and 2000s, a youth criminal gang by the name of Karama Ghetto Boyz caused most of the problems. However, the situation has since improved and crime rates in Karama have gradually been decreasing throughout the 2010s.
Some major features of the area include the Karama Primary School, Manunda Terrace Primary School, Holy Family Primary School, O’Loughlin Secondary College and Karama Shopping Plaza.
Karama Library is also located within the Karama Shopping Plaza, and is a service of Darwin City Council Libraries.
Brazil Crescent in Karama was named after Robert Brazil, a crewman (fireman) on the ill-fated SS Gothenburg, which sank off the north Queensland coast on 24 February 1875, with the loss of approximately 102 lives. Brazil was one of only 22 survivors and was awarded a medal for bravery and heroism for his efforts to save drowning passengers.
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