Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory


Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Belconnen
state = Australian Capital Territory
city = Canberra



caption =
lga = Belconnen
postcode = 2617
est = 1983
propval = $315,000 (2005) [http://allhomes.com.au/c/ah?a=uisu&i=193]
pop = 2884 (2001 census)
ACTgov = Ginninderra
fedgov = Fraser
near-nw = Evatt
near-n = McKellar
near-ne = Lawson
near-e = Bruce
near-w = Florey
near-sw = Page
near-s = Macquarie
near-se = Aranda

Belconnen (postcode 2617) is a suburb in the Canberra district of Belconnen. It contains the Belconnen Town Centre, Lake Ginninderra and residential areas, particularly to the south of the suburb, Emu Ridge, where significant numbers of medium density dwellings are located. It is bounded by Ginninderra Drive, Aikman Drive, Eastern Valley Way, Belconnen Way and Coulter Drive. It has a number of parks such as Diddams Close Park and John Knight Memorial Park. The large Westfield shopping mall is located at the town centre. It has an area of 4.39 km² and was first settled in 1983.

Lake Ginninderra College is located on the shore of Lake Ginninderra near the Belconnen Town Centre.

Geology

Belconnen has the highest density of different kinds of rocks outcropping of any Canberra suburb.It is at the intersection of two faults that form an X shape across Canberra. These are the Deakin Fault and the Winslade Fault.Green grey rhyodacite of the Walker Volcanics is in the south along Belconnen Way.Deakin Volcanics purple rhyodacite is around the north end of Josephson St.Deakin Volcanics green grey and purple rhyodacite goes east from Lathlain Dr to Chandler St.Grey green dacite and quartz andesite Hawkins Volcanics is in a strip from the north west corner heading south east between two branches of the Deakin fault to around Chandler St and Hennessey St.A porphyry of Green-grey Dacitic intrusive containing large white Feldspar crystals is west of Eastern Valley Way and in between the two arms of Lake Ginninderra.Glebe Farm Adamellite intrusion is found to the south and east of Lake Ginninderra.Ordovician Pittman Formation greywacke is in the extreme south east and far north east of the town center.Calcareous Shale from the Yass Subgroup is to the west of Lake Ginninderra. Dark grey and black laminated shale from the Acton Shale member is found on the west side of the Diddams Close Park in between the two arms of the lake. [Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.]

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