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: 110 Federal Highway, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202341515

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO EXISTING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT - demolition of the existing underground fuel tanks, construction of new underground fuel tanks and associated services, remedial work and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2023-05-24

Address: 8 Jordan Place, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202341397

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS - alterations and additions including single storey extension and attached carport to the existing dwelling and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2023-04-05

Address: 8 Woolcock Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202341336

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR NEW DWELLING - demolition of existing dwelling, shed, patio, trees and driveway, construction of new single story dwelling with attached garage, driveway, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2023-03-01

Address: 21 Bettie Mcnee Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202341346

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ADDITIONS - construction of new glass enclosure addition to the rear of the existing dwelling and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2023-02-23

Address: 62 Higinbotham Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202241216

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DWELLING ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS - partial demolition of the existing dwelling, shed and fence, construction of extension to rear of existing dwelling with attached concrete deck, retaining wall, landscaping and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2023-01-31

(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.)