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The Scenic Hills is the local name given to a vast tract of gently rolling hills and valleys that cradle the city of Campbellown and provide its scenic backdrop. Running from Denham Court in the north to the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan in the south and beyond, the Hills are rich in aboriginal and European colonial history, and one of the last remaining colonial rural landscapes left in the Cowpastures area.  In 1974 Campbelltown City Council officially moved to protect the area for future generations by zoning it as an Environmental Protection Area.  However, because of its location -  45 minutes from Sydney?s CBD and 45 minutes from the Southern Highlands - the Hills have suffered ongoing encroachment from Sydney?s growing population.

The Scenic Hills Association was formed on 17 March 2010 when it became clear that the Hills? zoning would not be enough to ensure its survival. At its core is a group of residents and landowners who live in or near the Scenic Hills, principally in the suburbs of Varroville and St Andrews but with ?Friends? now extending across the Campbelltown area and as far north as Queensland. Read More.

Campbelltown's Scenic Hills Environmental Protection Area - yellow area on map. (Right click on image to enlarge & view detail)
 
Map_2012-1Note: The NSW Government has already taken the north-west corner of the mapped area for the South West Growth Centre. Now it wants to put a massive cemetery in its historic heart at Varroville!

15/3/19. LATEST NEWS. Independent Planning Commission holds Public Meeting to hear community views on Varroville Cemetery Development Application (DA). Read More

1/3/19. Heritage Minister again defers decision to list Varroville Cemetery land on the State Heritage Register (SHR):

On 12/10/18 Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton asked the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) to review the NSW Heritage Council's recommendation to state-list land owned by the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) in the Scenic Hills surrounding privately-owned Varro Ville Homestead. The IPC sent her its report on 22/2/19 but still no decision. This continues the Minister's year long breach of the Heritage
Act  1977 that has allowed the CMCT's Varroville Cemetery DA to proceed through the planning system unimpeded by a state heritage listing. Read More

4/6/18. Planning Minister sends Varroville Cemetery DA to Independent Planning Commission for decision. Read more
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