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 2001 Australian census the population of Watson was 4111.

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 15 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.


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(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.)