Belconnen, Australia, Australia
 
 
Year1966latitude: -35° 14'
longitude: 149° 3'
Period
Initiator(s)
Planning organizationNational Capital Development Commission
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)John Overall
Design organization
Inhabitants84,382 (2006)
Target population120,000
Town websitehttp://www.belconnen.org.au/
Town related links
Literature- Hugh Stretton, "Ideas for Australian Cities", Transit Australia Publishing, Sydney 2002 (1970)

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New-Town-in-Town
Satellite
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
Capital
Decentralization
Industrialization
Resettlement
Economic
 
Belconnen is the largest of the New Town satellites built in extension to the capital Canberra in the 60s. It consists of 25 suburbs, the majority of them characterised by detached single-family homes and some medium density multi-unit housing on suburban blocks. The University of Canberra is located in the central suburb of Bruce. The suburban area of Canberra did not make use of traffic principles as radical as seen with the British New Towns. In most of Belconnen's suburbs a semi-circle connected to most of the neighbourhoods runs around a centre with schools and shops. The road system of the neighbourhoods kind of combines unsymmetrical fishbone and triangular structures, and the green paths do not connect to each other or to the green spaces.

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