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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)

Note: 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!
LATEST NEWS: 17/8/16. After 3 years of community opposition...a decision will be made on the Varroville Cemetery at a public hearing on Thursday 25th August: Read more in Events

The Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust pushes ahead with its cemetery claiming it has support...but from whom? The Trust submitted a rezoning application to Campbelltown Council in September 2013 to have the Local Environment Plan 'amended' so it can put a massive 136,000 commercial cemetery onto the historic core of the 1810 Varro Ville estate, in the Scenic Hills Protection Area. Council refused to rezone the land, so the Trust went to the NSW Government and had the decision overturned. The proposed cemetery is prohibited land use in the Hills. Local media is full of protest from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, amidst revelations of a secret land deal, controversy over its need, and an overreaching 'PR' campaign. See 3 pages of protest: Fight for Hills

Following a Public Exhibition of the plans in February/March, a decision will now be made next week
at a public hearing. Read more in News

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