Crace, Australian Capital Territory

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Crace
Canberra,  Australian Capital Territory
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Crace
Coordinates 35°12′08″S149°06′23″E / 35.20222°S 149.10639°E / -35.20222; 149.10639 Coordinates: 35°12′08″S149°06′23″E / 35.20222°S 149.10639°E / -35.20222; 149.10639
Population4,800 (SAL 2021) [1]
Established2010
Postcode(s) 2911
Elevation611 m (2,005 ft)
Area1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Location
District Gungahlin
Territory electorate(s) Yerrabi
Federal division(s) Fenner
Suburbs around Crace:
Nicholls Palmerston Franklin
Percival Hill Canberra Nature Park Crace Canberra Nature Park
Kaleen Giralang Mitchell

Crace ( /krs/ ) is a suburb of Canberra, Australia in the district of Gungahlin. It was named after Edward Kendall Crace an original settler in the Gungahlin area. Streets in Crace are named after parishes and land divisions from colonial times. [2] It is bounded by the Barton Highway, Gundaroo Drive, Nudurr Drive and Gungahlin Drive. Located in the suburb is the Canberra Nature Park of Gungaderra Grasslands nature reserve. [3] At the 2016 census, it had a population of 4,459. [4]

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History

Development

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End 2009 aerial view of Crace from the west

The suburb has finished development and construction.

The ACT government selected developers for the area as Defence Housing Australia and Canberra Investment Corporation. The developers were expected to make $60,000,000 but had to share half with the government. Some very small blocks were released for low cost housing with 85% released for high cost housing. [5] 1,500 houses were planned for the 140 hectares, [6] however more than 1,600 dwellings were built. [7]

Streets

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Crace in 2015
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Crace shops

As part of the recent development, a new series of streets have been created following a Burley-Griffin grid pattern. Phase 1 Streets:

Existing facilities

Crace Grassland Flying Field operated by the Belconnen Model Aero Club Crace model aircraft landing field.jpg
Crace Grassland Flying Field operated by the Belconnen Model Aero Club

The suburb also encompasses Gungahlin Hill, which hosts the transmission facilities for the following radio stations:

Crace has a local shopping complex which includes Supabarn, The District (restaurant/pub), Chicken Gourmet, Capital Chemist, Blue Poppy Hair, Club Lime, Sibu Beauty, Coffee Guru, Verve Chiropractic, Crace Medical Centre, and B Best Thai Massage.

Like the majority of new Canberra suburbs, Crace is a cat containment area: all cats have to be kept inside the cat owner's property and within an enclosure if outside.

Geography

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Crace Hill

Crace Grasslands Nature Reserve and Crace Hill are not completely located in Crace despite the name; their southern parts are located in the adjacent suburb of Lyneham. It also has a CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems area.

Geology

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Vesicular Dacite on top of Crace Hill
Canberra Formation siltstone found in east end of Crace Crace Hill sediment.jpg
Canberra Formation siltstone found in east end of Crace

On the North west side of Crace the rock is middle Silurian age Canberra Formation slaty shale and mudstone. In the mid west is siltstone. Towards Gungahlin Hill there is some sandstone at the base of the siltstone deposit, then over an unconformity to lower Silurian age State Circle Shale, and then mudstone. On Gungahlin Hill the rocks are from the Ordovician age Pittman Formation with greywacke and bands of the Acton Shale Member. The east side of Crace also has Silurian Canberra Formation with the top of Crace Hill having vesicular Dacite overlying mudstone. Crace Hill has been designated as a geological monument. The Gungahlin Fault curves around the south east side of Gungahlin Hill, and heads north north east out of Crace. The Winslade Fault comes into the south of Crace over the top of Gungahlin Hill and curves north into Palmerston. [8]

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References

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  2. "Suburb Name search results". ACT Planning & Land Authority. Retrieved 7 February 2009.[ dead link ]
  3. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CRACE GRASSLANDS NATURE RESERVE
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