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: 43 Knox Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202239986

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR A MAIN AND SECONDARY RESIDENCE - construction of a new single storey primary dwelling and a single storey secondary residence, attached garages, internal driveway and realigned existing verge crossing, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2022-05-02

Address: 3 Hanson Place, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202239985

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR A PRIMARY AND SECONDARY DWELLING - demolition of the existing dwelling and construction of a new 2 storey primary dwelling with attached garage and a single storey secondary residence with carport, internal driveway and new driveway verge crossing, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2022-05-11

Address: Aspinall Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 201630707

Desecription: AMENDMENT TO APPROVED DA201630707 - Amendment to the development application for proposal for mixed use commercial and residential development and lease variation - Amendments to Block A of developed to increase total number of apartments and car parking, update building footprint and areas, western building level 1 height increased by 500mm, modifications to basement levels including additional level, increase in basement level 2 size, provision of access controls, and relocation of DDA ramp and staircase, alterations to internal spaces including lobby and mailboxes relocated, apartment layouts amended, childcare area, layout and entrance amended, fire corridor addition and reconfiguration of services core, amendment to services and facilities including removal of roof gas hot water, replacement of substation with hydrant booster, waste enclosure update, gas enclosure removed, childcare grease trap added, and addition of service meters, alterations to external finishes including balcony balustrades update, facade glazing updated and building facade material changes.
Comment closure date: 2022-06-15

Address: 43 Dickinson Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202139644

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DUAL OCCUPANCY - construction of 2 new single storey dwellings with attached garages, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2022-02-14

Address: Federal Highway, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202138828

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR PUBLIC WORKS - Construction of a memorial to the Victoria Cross recipients from the Afghanistan conflict, signs, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2022-01-28

(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.)