Location Map for Watson
Location Map for Watson

Watson is a suburb in the North Canberra district of Canberra, the so-called “Inner North”. Watson is named in honour of the third Prime Minister of Australia John Christian Watson, and was gazetted on 7 April 1960. Streets in Watson are named after Australian judges and other legal professionals. As of the 2016 Australian census the population of Watson was 4,188.

Watson is bordered by the Federal Highway, Philip Avenue and Antill Street. It lies next to the suburbs of Downer and Hackett. Behind Hackett is Mount Majura on the Canberra Nature Park.

Watson has a shopping centre, and the AIE originally Watson High School located nearby. Rosary catholic school is located in Watson, as is the Signadou campus of the Australian Catholic University. There is also Majura primary government school which is well known for its popular annual Spring Carnival a preschool a child care centre and a doctor’s surgery. There once was a drive-in theatre (The starlight) in Watson. Currently, North Watson is undergoing the construction of Majura Rise, a new estate south of the television studios listed below. This area is walking distance from Mount Majura, along with many other facilities. It is expected this area will increase the property value of Watson. Also located in the suburb are the Ten and Prime television studios,The Ted Noffs Foundation, Canberra Carotel, Australian Heritage Village (now closed), service station and Health Services Hostel.

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Most Recent 5 Watson Development Applications

planningalertsThe latest public Environment and Planning Directorate – Planning notifications can also be accessed from their site. The following is an extract of the public applications selected by NCCC that principally relate to Watson or have an impact on North Canberra or its residents; the extract may not be complete and does not contain development applications that are not publicly notified.

Address: Aspinall St, Negus Cres, Neechworth St, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202138745

Desecription: LEASE VARIATION - Consolidation of blocks 13, 14 and 15 and creation of service and waste easements. Realignment of the waste easement in block 1. Realignment of the Access easement within block 2. Realignment of the boundary between block 3 and 15 and creation of a public access easement. Realignment of the boundary between block 4 and 15. Subdivision of the Crown lease to create separate leases over the individual blocks. Signage on block 16.
Comment closure date: 2021-07-16

Address: 47 Phillip Avenue, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202038168

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DEMOLITION - Demolition of existing building and footpaths, removal of existing services and re-establishment of affected area with grass and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2021-02-26

Address: 7 Hanson Place, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202038051

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DUAL OCCUPANCY - Additions to existing dwelling and construction of new dwelling in addition to existing dwelling, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2021-02-22

Address: 46 Aspinall Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 201630707

Desecription: AMENDMENT TO APPROVED DA201630707(S197I). Amendment to the development application proposal for mixed use commercial and residential development and lease variation - the amendment includes; alteration of Building in Block 7, adjustments to external amenities and facilities related to Block 7, alterations to communal area landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2021-02-16

Address: Burton Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202037556

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DEMOLITION - demolition of the existing car park, stormwater services, and associated works
Comment closure date: 2020-12-14

(Note: Earlier Development Applications can be seen by accessing the ACTPLA website or by going to PlanningAlerts. Note ACTPLA do remove access to the development application documentation some time after the DA closes, but PlanningAlerts do retain some basic historical information.)