Watson, Australian Capital Territory

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Watson
Canberra,  Australian Capital Territory
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Watson shops
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Coordinates 35°14′18″S149°09′12″E / 35.23833°S 149.15333°E / -35.23833; 149.15333 Coordinates: 35°14′18″S149°09′12″E / 35.23833°S 149.15333°E / -35.23833; 149.15333
Population5,862 (2016 census) [1]
 • Density1,584/km2 (4,100/sq mi)
Established1960
Postcode(s) 2602
Area3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
District North Canberra
Territory electorate(s) Kurrajong
Federal Division(s) Canberra
Suburbs around Watson:
Lyneham Kenny
Downer Watson Mount Majura
Dickson Hackett

Watson is a suburb of Canberra, Australia in the North Canberra district. Watson is named after the third Prime Minister of Australia, John Christian Watson. The suburb name was gazetted on 7 April 1960. Streets in Watson are named after Australian judges and other legal professionals. [2]

Canberra capital city of Australia

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. Founded following the federation of the colonies of Australia as the seat of government for the new nation, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory; 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 26 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

North Canberra Australian Capital Territory

North Canberra, also known as the Inner North, is a district of Canberra, the capital city of Australia, comprising 14 suburbs. At the 2016 census, it had 21,555 dwellings housing 53,002 people of the 397,397 people in the Australian Capital Territory. Many of Canberra's oldest dwellings are in this district.

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Aerial view of Watson from north east

Watson is bordered by the Federal Highway, Phillip Avenue and Antill Street. Traffic loads on these roads has increased significantly with the continued development of Gungahlin and studies suggest some areas will exceed capacity before 2021. [3]

Federal Highway (Australia) highway in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

The Federal Highway is a highway in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It is a part of a motorway standard link between Sydney and Canberra, and is also the main thoroughfare between those cities.

Features

Located in Watson is a local shopping centre and several schools, television studios and motels. The former Watson High School now houses the Canberra Technology Park which includes the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) as a tenant. Rosary Catholic Primary School is located in Watson, as is the Signadou campus of the Australian Catholic University. There is also Majura Primary School (originally Watson Primary School) which is well known for its annual Spring Carnival.

Canberra Technology Park

Canberra Technology Park is located in Watson, Canberra. It is set on 57,835.2 square metres and is a renovated two level high school. It houses approximately 32 businesses with approximately 200 staff working from the park.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is an Australian video games and Computer animation school. Founded in 1996, it was one of the world's first institutions to offer qualifications in these industries. The AIE provides courses covering CGI, animation, video game asset creation and games programming. Campuses are located in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Seattle Washington and Lafayette, Louisiana and an online campus. The Australian ABC has said that the AIE "is one of Australia's most awarded 3D animation, game design and visual FX educators".

Australian Catholic University university with six campuses across Australia

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university in Australia. It has seven Australian campuses, and also maintains a campus in Rome. In 2018 it had 34,834 students.

One of Canberra's two former drive-in theatres, the Starlight Drive-in, was located on the Federal Highway in Watson. The site has now been redeveloped as a medium-density housing complex, although the drive-in's sign remains.

Medium-density housing term describing the density of dwellings

Medium-density housing is residential developments that are at higher densities than standard low-density, suburban subdivisions, but not so high that they might be regarded as high density housing. In Australia the density of standard suburban residential areas has traditionally been between 8-15 dwellings per hectare. Medium density housing can range from about 25 to 80 dwellings per hectare, though most commonly the density is between 30 and 40 dwellings/hectare. Such developments may consist of detached, semi-attached and attached housing.

Also located in the suburb are the Southern Cross Nine and Prime7 television studios, The Ted Noffs Foundation, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Canberra Carotel (motel and caravan park), Red Cedars motel, Hotel Ibis Budget, Canberra Potters Society, a C3 Church, YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and a BP service station.

CTC is a television station in Canberra, Australia. The station was the tenth to begin transmission in regional Australia, and the 26th station in Australia as a whole. CTC has an affiliation agreement to show content from the Nine Network. Just as it has had a number of owners, CTC has also had many different identities on-air – including CTC-TV, Super 7, Capital 7, 10 TV Australia, Capital Television, Ten Capital, Southern Cross Ten and Channel 9. The station is owned and operated by Southern Cross Nine.

Prime7 is an Australian television network owned by Prime Media Group Limited, and an affiliate of the Seven Network. Prime Television launched on 17 March 1962 as CBN-8 in Orange, and has since expanded to cover regional New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

The Ted Noffs Foundation Inc organization

The Ted Noffs Foundation is a nonprofit organization located in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia. Since its foundation in 1992, the foundation has grown from one residential treatment centre for adolescents to a broad range of initiatives, from four residential treatment centres for adolescents with drug and alcohol problems, to adolescent life management aftercare, family and adolescent counselling on an 'outclient' basis, schools counselling, indigenous counselling, an outreach/educational project called 'Street University' and a number of Social Enterprise endeavors such as fashion-oriented op-shops and 'Gideon's Shoes,' dealing in design, manufacture and retailing.

Transport

Watson is serviced by ACTION bus routes R9 and 50. [4] [5] Antill Street is also serviced by route 53. [6]

ACTION transport company

ACTION is a bus operator in Canberra, Australia owned by the ACT Government.

Geology

Calcareous shales from the Canberra Formation is overlain in places by Quaternary alluvium. This rock includes the limestone of the original title of Canberra "Limestone Plains". [7]

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Majura Road road in the Australian Capital Territory

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Horse Park Drive

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Watson (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  3. "ACTPLA Morisset Road Extension EIS Traffic Study Report" (PDF). ACT Planning & Land Authority. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  4. Route R9 Transport Canberra
  5. Route 50 Transport Canberra
  6. Route 53 Transport Canberra
  7. Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.