Welcome to Whitlam, Canberra’s newest suburb

Welcome to the newest suburb in Canberra, Whitlam, which continues the tradition of naming suburbs after former Prime Ministers.

By Steve Lowe

24-07-2019
Welcome to the newest suburb in Canberra, Whitlam, which continues the tradition of naming suburbs after former Prime Ministers.

This suburb should need little introduction, named after the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, Gough Whitlam, who was famous for being controversially dismissed by the Governor-General of Australia in 1975.

Located in the Molonglo Valley, the new suburb’s first sod was turned on July 1. Whitlam is the 17th suburb to be named after a prime minister.

The ACT Government plans to release 500 residential dwelling lots in 2018-19, 600 in 2019-20 and another 500 in 2020-21, about 2100 homes in total.

The first stage of this community proposes single residential blocks, nine multi-unit blocks, ponds, roads and a variety of open space areas.

Whitlam will include a local public primary school and shopping centre.

Whitlam will also be a cat containment area, meaning that pet cats are not permitted to roam freely outside householder's yards.

Whitlam’s scenic aspect
Whitlam is the northernmost suburb in the Molonglo Valley district, positioned to the north of Denman Prospect.

The suburb’s southern boundary is the scenic Molonglo River, while the eastern edge is marked by Coppins Crossing Road. The lowermost point at the western corner is about 500 metres above sea level. The higher parts are to the north, which is the southern slopes of The Pinnacle, a 136-hectare nature reserve that features great views across the Molonglo River Valley and is popular for walking, running, cycling, dog walking and horse riding (on designated trails).

Aboriginal community organisations and the Murumbung Rangers in the ACT Parks and Conservation Service run cultural activities to educate the wider community about the cultural landscape, heritage values and land conservation practices of the area.

The focus of Whitlam will preserve its links to these public open spaces, with a network of pedestrian pathways, local and neighbourhood parks acting as conduits to future recreation spaces along the Molonglo River.

Find out more
Do you want to know more about being part of Canberra’s newest suburb? Call Agent.team on 1800 261 517 and speak to any of the agents who can take you through the process.

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