Lyneham 2602 is a suburb of Canberra, Australia in the North Canberra district. It is named after Sir William Lyne, premier of the Australian state of New South Wales from 1899 to 1901. The suburb name was gazetted in 1928, but development did not commence until 1958. The streets of Lyneham are named after artists and people associated with the development of early Canberra.
The style of the suburb has been evolving since development commenced in 1958 at the north-western periphery of what is now ‘inner’ Canberra. The older homes built in 1958-59 (many of which catered to the sizeable influx of Commonwealth Public Servants’ families, who were being relocated with their respective Departments’ headquarters from Melbourne), now sit beside modern townhouse developments, while individual blocks are being ‘gentrified’ by either extensive renovation or demolition and rebuilt homes.
Having mainly been substantially established since the 1960s, Lyneham residents enjoy its leafy streets and established gardens. A scenic wetland was built adjacent to Sullivans Creek in Lyneham to improve downstream water quality. It was opened to the public in April 2012 and it is frequented by wood ducks.
Many of the single houses between Sullivans Creek and Northbourne Avenue have been replaced by two and three storey flats in recent years.
Land adjoining Northbourne Avenue is now zoned to permit redevelopment with 25 metre (about 8 storeys) high flats or 32 metres (about 11 storeys) at the corners of Mouat Street and Macarthur Avenue with Northbourne Avenue and the first such flats were completed on the site of a two-storey motel on the corner of Northbourne Ave and Mouat St in 2013.