Symonston, Australian Capital Territory
Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Symonston
state = Australian Capital Territory
city = Canberra
postcode = 2609
est = 1928
pop = 672 (2001 census)
ACTgov = Molonglo
fedgov = Canberra
near-nw = Narrabundah
near-n = Fyshwick
near-e = "Queanbeyan"
near-w = O'Malley
near-se = "HMAS Harman"
Symonston (postcode: 2609) is a primarily industrial and agricultural suburb of
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Symonston is named after Sir Josiah Symona Legislator, Federalist and one of the Founders of the Constitution of Australia.
Located in Symonston are the
Alexander Maconochie Centre(gaol), Periodic Detention Centreand Symonston Temporary Remand Centreand three caravan parks: Canberra South Motor Park, Sundown Village and Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park. Geoscience Australiahas its headquarters in Symonston.
The Symonston area has traditionally been denoted 'Broadacre' area by the planning authorities, meaning that it has retained a traditionally rural character with some larger institution uses, particularly by the
Australian Defence Forceand Geoscience Australia. With the release of the Canberra Spatial Plan by the ACT Government, the area and the adjoining Majura Valley has been denoted as an employment corridor centred on Canberra Airport and Fyshwick.
Rocks in Symonston are from the
SilurianageMount Painter Volcanics dark grey to green grey dacitic tuffunderlies most of Symonston.Narrabundah AshstoneMember is found in the northern corner near the motor park.Canberra Formation, calcareous shalefound to the east of the ashstone.Further to the east and over to Harman is found the dacitic andesiteof the Ainslie Volcanics.An unnamed coarse leucogranitehas a small out crop east of Jerrabomberra creek. Geoscience Australiais the Australian Government organisation tasked with supplying scientific information and knowledge about the geography and geology of Australia. It has information about the geology of the whole of Australia including Canberra.
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