Calwell is a medium sized suburb in the Australian Capital Territory. Tuggeranong Hill is on its southern border and it adjoins the suburbs of Theodore to the south, Richardson and Isabella Plains to the north. The Tuggeranong Homestead is to the north. On the eastern border is the Monaro Highway taking commuters to the Canberra city centre and from Canberra to Cooma.
The suburb was named after the Labor politician, the Right Honourable Arthur Augustus Calwell, PC, (1896-1973). The name was gazetted 5 August 1975.
Streets in the suburb are named in accordance with the theme of Victorian politicians.
The Calwell Centre is a designated group centre
located on Webber Crescent in the north of the suburb. The centre was developed in the early 1990s to serve Calwell, Richardson
and Isabella Plains
. Prior to the development of the Lanyon Market Place
in the late 1990s, the Calwell Centre also serviced Conder
, and Gordon
, . Among the retail and service outlets are a Woolworths supermarket
, Caltex service station
, Chinese restaurant
and several other businesses. . The Calwell Club
opened in 2004 and is located adjacent to the centre.
- Calwell High School, located on Casey Crescent, opened in 1990 and caters for students in Years 7 to 10.
- Calwell Primary School, located on Downard Street, opened in 1989 and caters for students From Pre School to Year 6.
- St Francis of Assisi Primary School, located on Casey Crescent, is a Catholic school that began operating from Holy Family School, Gowrie in 1988 and caters for students in Kindergarten to Year 6.
St Mary in the Valley Anglican Parish Centre
is located on the corner of Were Street and Webber Crescent; in addition to Church services the Parish also manages the Calwell Community Centre. Alliance Church Tuggeranong
is also located on Were Street. Corpus Christi Catholic Parish, based in Gowrie
, runs services in the hall at St Francis of Assisi Primary School.
Calwell is serviced by several ACTION
bus routes. Routes 312 and 315 run every 20-60 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. respectively between the Theodore
Terminus and the Spence
Terminus or Belconnen
Interchange. Route 12 runs between the Tuggeranong
Interchange and the Theodore Terminus from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Route 15 also runs between the Tuggeranong Interchange and the Theodore Terminus or the Calwell Group Centre in the morning and evening. Route 769 runs from Theodore to City West in the morning peak hour
and from City West to Theodore in the evening peak hour. Flexibus Service 969, which must be pre-booked before riding, runs a loop from Tuggeranong Interchange every hour from 9:40 p.m. to 11:40 p.m. Canberra Cabs and Queanbeyan taxis also service Calwell.
Deakin Volcanics green grey and purple rhyodacite
age form the base rock of Calwell.
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