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Curtin is a suburb in Canberra, Australia, part of the Woden Valley district; its postcode is 2605.
Curtin is named after John Curtin, Australian Prime Minister between 1941 and 1945. Its streets are named after state premiers.It is next to the suburbs of Yarralumla, Deakin, Hughes, Lyons and Weston. It is bounded by the Cotter Road, Tuggeranong Parkway, Yarra Glen and a green strip between it and Lyons to the south.
Curtin shopping centre offers the following services: Coles supermarket, post office, newsagent, bank, real estate agent, chemist, hairdresser, barber, travel agent, optometrist, florist, bakery, greengrocer and numerous cafes and coffee shops. Of note is the Curtin Milk Bar which was the longest running cafe in the area. Its style and operation remained unchanged since the 1970s until its closure in December 2017. Nearby is Curtin Scout Hall.
Areas of Curtin were designed in accordance with the Radburn model of suburban design and public housing. In Australia, the Radburn model was used in the planning of some Canberra suburbs developed in the 1960s, in particular Charnwood, Curtin and Garran, and a small part of Hughes. These pockets of Radburn design have not seen the same anti-social and crime-related problems that have plagued similar areas in Western and South-Western Sydney, such as Mt Druitt.
The Canberra bushfires of 2003 destroyed four Curtin homes and caused damage to others. The Emergency Services Bureau, based in Curtin, which was the centre of command for the firefighting operation, came under threat itself when its roof caught fire.
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