About Watson

See below for info about other groups in our suburb, a short history and our Committee members.

What other groups are in Watson?

A BIT OF HISTORY:

The Watson Community Association was formed in the late 1980s and incorporated in 1995 with the object of promoting the social, economic and environmental amenity of Watson residents.

After a sustained 10 year community campaign against a housing development proposed in 1992, the Watson Community Association was successful in achieving the conservation of a 18 hectare native grassy woodland at north Watson in July 2002. Less than 5% of the original extent of this Yellow Box Grassy Woodland ecology remains in Australia, and less than a half a percent is in reserves.

Members of the Association contributed significantly to the ‘Save Our City’ community action to defend the Y plan and ACT public leasehold, including through the Stein Inquiry and a subsequent Auditor General investigation of certain ACT leases including the former Starlight Drive-In site at North Watson. The Association also successfully opposed high density residential redevelopment of the National Capital Village (NCV) at north Watson on environmental grounds.

Papers emanating from the activities of the Association include its quarterly newsletter distributed free to all Watson households since 1990, submissions to ACT Assembly and other inquiries, and other documents and materials regarding the Watson Woodlands campaign. Records relating to the media campaign are also included in this collection.

Recently, the Association is working to improve planning across the whole suburb, as developments expand over Watson, particularly the northern greenfield areas, with impacts on the suburb as a whole.

Your Committee

  • Chair: Leonie Watts
  • Deputy Chair: Julie Smith
  • Secretary: Angela Wright
  • Treasurer: Carrie Wright
  • Committee Members: Fiona Hill-Stein, Rod Lestone, Richard Larson, Leslie McGrane, Liz Grace

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