Macgregor, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Macgregor IBMap-MJC.png
Population 5,506 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,280/km2 (3,320/sq mi)
Established 1972
Postcode(s) 2615
Area 4.3 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
District Belconnen
Territory electorate(s) Ginninderra
Federal Division(s) Fenner
Suburbs around Macgregor:
Dunlop Charnwood
Macgregor Latham
Holt Holt

Macgregor is a residential suburb in the Belconnen district of Canberra, located within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. It was gazetted on 9 September 1971. It lies next to the suburbs of Dunlop, Latham and Holt on the western side of Belconnen, with Florey Drive the boundary to the east, Ginninderra Drive on the north, and Southern Cross Drive on the south.

The suburb of Macgregor is named after Sir William MacGregor, Governor of Queensland 1909–14 and first Chancellor of the University of Queensland, 1911. Streets are named after members of the Australian medical professions.[2]

Facilities and location[edit]

Macgregor pre-school.

Macgregor has a primary school and neighbourhood oval. The main road in the suburb is Osburn Drive, which passes by a shop (formerly a petrol station) and an area that was formerly a small shopping centre – this has now been demolished and redeveloped into Kings swimming pool.

Macgregor is primarily situated on Mount Goodwin (612 metres (2,008 ft)). Ginninderra Creek runs through the middle of the suburb for 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi).

Political representation[edit]

For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, Macgregor is in the Fenner.[3]

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


Silurian age Deakin Volcanics purple rhyodacite covers the suburb.[5]


At the 2011 census, the suburb of Macgregor recorded a population of 5,506 people. Of these:[1]

  • Age distribution: Residents had a slight over-representation of young families compared to the country overall. The median age was 31 years, compared to the national median of 37 years. Children aged under 15 years made up 21.2% of the population (national average is 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 6.4% of the population (national average is 14.0%).
  • Ethnic diversity : 73.7% were born in Australia, similar to the national average of 70%; the next most common countries of birth were England 3.4%, China 1.9%, India 1.9%, New Zealand 1.3% and Philippines 1.1%. At home, 78.6% of residents only spoke English; the next most common languages spoken at home were Mandarin 1.8%, Bengali 1.2%, Spanish 0.9%, Arabic 0.9% and Greek 0.7%.
  • Finances: The median household weekly income was $1,898, compared to the national median of $1,234. This difference is also reflected in real estate, with the median mortgage payment being $2,167 per month, compared to the national median of $1,800.
  • Transport: On the day of the Census, 5.6% of employed people travelled to work on public transport, and 76.8% by car (either as driver or as passenger).
  • Housing: The average household size was 2.7 people. Most (86.2%) occupied private dwellings were separate houses, 12.2% were semi-detached (row or terrace houses, townhouses etc), and 1.6% were flats, units or apartments.
  • Religion: The most common religious affiliation was "No Religion" (28.6%); the next most common responses were Catholic 25.7%, Anglican 14.4%, Islam 3.5% and Uniting Church 3.5%.



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Macgregor (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Fenner (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Electorates 2012 election". Electorates. ACT Electoral Commission. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.

Coordinates: 35°12′39″S 149°00′55″E / 35.21083°S 149.01528°E / -35.21083; 149.01528