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New Gungahlin suburb Throsby celebrates explorer and native fauna

North Canberra's new suburb, Throsby, has been named after ship's surgeon Charles Throsby who explored the land in the 1820s.

ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman said Mr Throsby explored the country around Lake Bathurst, Lake George and the Murrumbidgee River.

He said the Gungahlin suburb's streets reflect Australian native fauna, which would have familiar to Mr Throsby.

"A quick look at the newly gazetted roads of the new suburb is a great way to be reminded of how diverse, colourful and peculiar our native animals are," he said.

"Who wouldn't want to live in Koala Close, Glider Crescent or Yabby Way? But there are other streets in Throsby that celebrate Australia's less well known but equally fascinating animals."

The suburb's major thoroughfare, Bettong Avenue, is named after an uncommonly-known small brown-grey nocturnal marsupial.


The Eastern Bettong became extinct on mainland Australia but in 2012 was introduced to the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary where it is protected from foxes, cats and dogs.

"It is because so many of our local animals are susceptible to introduced predators that Throsby is a designated cat containment suburb," Mr Gentleman said.

"By not permitting cats to roam and hunt at night the new residents of Throsby will contribute to the protection of our native fauna which is appropriate given the nomenclature of the streets."

Throsby is adjacent to Kenny and Harrison and bounded by the Federal Highway, the ACT/NSW border, Horse Park Drive and the Goorooyarroo nature reserve.

Work is continuing on its roads and services.