Chifley is a suburb of Canberra, Australia, in the district of Woden Valley.
It was named after Joseph Benedict Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia from July 1945 to December 1949. The streets of Chifley are named for scientists and educationalists.It is next to the suburbs of Pearce, Lyons and Phillip. Behind it stands Mount Taylor, which is a nature park. It is bordered by Hindmarsh Drive and Melrose Drive. A local shopping centre and Chifley Neighbourhood Oval are located in the suburb.
Chifley was established on 12 May 1966, which was around the same time when the Woden Valley was also established, thus making it one of the original settlement spots in the southern part of Canberra. The Districts Ordinance 1966 No. 5 (Cth) became, after the enactment of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988, the Districts Act 1966. This Act was subsequently repealed by the ACT Government and the district is now administered subject to the Districts Act 2002.Construction in the suburb itself also began in 1966, with 795 houses and 156 flats built to accommodate approximately 3,000 people. Most of the streets in Chifley were named after academics.The Canberra bushfires of 2003 engulfed multiple parts of Canberra on 18 January 2003 and also reached the Mount Taylor Nature Reserve which Chifley borders with. Thankfully the fires did not reach into Chifley or caused minimal damage in the suburb. in 2014, ACT Disability Minister Joy Burch, alongside Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart launched a new respite centre project for children with disabilities. The facility will serve 30 to 40 families annually, and the ACT Government has funded the project with $1 million.
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Population: 1,001 - 10,000
Time zone: UTC +11:00
Area: 1.589 km2
Elevation: 501 to 1000 metres
Town elevation: 623 m
Population number: 2,407
Local Government Area: Unincorporated ACT