McKellar, Australian Capital Territory


McKellar, Australian Capital Territory
McKellar
CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
McKellar IBMap-MJC.png
Population: 2604 (2006 census)[1]
Established: 1983
Postcode: 2617
District: Belconnen
Assembly Electorate: Ginninderra
Federal Division: Fraser
Suburbs around McKellar:
Giralang
Evatt McKellar Lawson
Belconnen

McKellar (postcode: 2617) is a residential suburb of Canberra, Australia in the Belconnen district. The suburb is named after Colin McKellar who was Minister for Repatriation from 1964-70. The suburb name was gazetted on 15 January 1974. The streets of McKellar are named for journalists with the main street of the suburb called Dumas Street.[2]

Suburb features

McKellar features the McKellar Oval in the centre and has panoramic prospect from Mount Ainslie to Black Mountain and Mount Majura. There is also the McKellar Pre-School, shopping centre (with a Chinese takeaway, hair salon and chiropractor), and a small football stadium and club in the north east "North Belconnen Soccer Club".

McKellar is serviced by the ACTION bus network along Dumas Street and William Webb Drive. Route 12 travels along Dumas Street to Belconnen Interchange; route 312 also travels along Dumas Street to Belconnen Interchange but also services City, Woden and Tuggeranong Interchanges; route 52 travels along William Webb Drive to Belconnen Interchange. On weekends, McKellar is serviced by routes 902 (Dumas Street) and 956 (William Webb Drive) both travelling to Belconnen Interchange.[3]

McKellar has its own Neighbourhood Watch, with regular newsletters sent around to households. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) statistics regularly show low incidents of crime compared to the suburb's surrounding regions (Evatt, Florey, Spence and Melba).[citation needed]

Notes and references

Aerial view from the west

Coordinates: 35°13′03″S 149°04′34″E / 35.2175°S 149.07611°E / -35.2175; 149.07611


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