Jerrabomberra ( ) is a
suburb of Queanbeyan in south eastern New South Wales, Australia.
Jerrabomberra consists of three parts, The Park, The Heights, and
Lakeview. The Park and the Heights are divided by Edwin Land
Parkway. At the 2006 census
Jerrabomberra had a population of 8,747 people.Jerrabomberra is
derived from the local Aboriginal place name meaning ‘boy
frightened by storm’.
In 1987, Jerrabomberra Estate Ltd, with Alex Brinkmeyer, Col
Alexander and Perth Millionaire Kerry Stokes as major shareholders,
began developing Palmer’s original land for housing. The first
serviced blocks in stage one of the residential release at
Jerrabomberra were released in February 1988, ranging in price from
$28,000 to $39,000. The new suburb of Jerrabomberra has grown from
a resident population of 8 in 1828 to over 8740 at the 2006 census.
Jerrabomberra was established with the construction of the first
homes in 1988, followed shortly after by the construction of the
community centre hall. Jerrabomberra now boasts many community
amenities such as four tennis courts, a post office, primary
school, bed and breakfast, gym, a Scout group, a lake and various
other facilities. Many people in Jerrabomberra work in nearby
Queanbeyan but most work in the national capital, Canberra.
Jerrabomberra has a shopping centre which contains a Woolworths
, Video Ezy
, hairdresser, Asian restaurant called "The Jerra," and
various other boutique stores. On the same block of land as this
shopping centre there is a pub and a Woolworths service station
that opened in late 2005. On 25 February 2006 Jerrabomberra's
General Store was burnt down, no other shops were affected despite
the extensive damage. On the 6 June 2006 extensive rebuilding of
the roof of said store was carried out and the store had its iron
sheet roof reinstalled on 20 June of that year.
The suburb falls within the Federal division of Eden-Monaro
, a seat held
by the Australian Labor
: The Member is Dr Mike
to Defence. It is part of the State Seat of Monaro
and is a Labor seat,
held by Steve Whan
. Jerrabomberra is also
represented by an active residents association (JRA) established in
October 1990. The Jerrabomberra Residents Association Inc. (JRA)
endeavours to represent the interests of the Jerrabomberra
community at the local, state and federal level in relation to
issues directly affecting the Jerrabomberra community.
Heights is mainly situated on the base of Jerrabomberra Mountain.
This mountain divides most of Jerrabomberra from Queanbeyan on the
north east and North Terrace on the North West. The Park is
situated on the plain to the south. This urban area runs down to
Jerrabomberra Lake, an artificial lake that drains into
Jerrabomberra Creek and is dominated by Cove Island, est 1992, (an
artificial island which consists of eight homes and a central
common facility entailing a tennis court, swimming pool and sauna).
Then sprawls across Cassina Rise on the South.
Education and Childcare
opened in the year 2002, and now caters for over 800
students K-6. Achieving results above the State average across the
curriculum with particular strengths in literacy and numeracy the
school is highly regarded and continues to undergo a building
expansion program. While some parents choose to send their
children to Catholic schools in Queanbeyan
and the ACT. Whilst there is no high school within
Jerrabomberra the default government school is Karabar High, in
However, the majority of children of high
school age go to public or private schools across the border,
particularly St Edmund's
- Boys, and Merici
- Girls. Jerrabomberra has one day care/ pre school
named ABC Learning Centre.