Who we are and what we do...

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 Environmental Protection - Scenic.  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)
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Note: The NSW Govt. has already taken the north western corner of the mapped area for the South West Growth Centre. What next?
LATEST NEWS: 11/3/16...nothing has changed in two & half years!

The Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust still shows contempt for community - secret deals with government, misleading claims...

Does the Trust speak in the name of 'the Church' when it makes its blatantly inaccurate claims for its project? Hopefully not...

The Trust submitted a rezoning application to Campbelltown Council on the 9th September 2013 to have the Local Environment Plan amended to enable the historic core of the 1810 Varro Ville estate, in the heart of the Scenic Hills Protection Area, to be used for a massive 136,000 grave commercial cemetery. Council refused to rezone the land, so the Trust went to the NSW Government and had the decision overturned - still claiming that the community wanted it. The proposed cemetery is prohibited land use in the Hills. Local newspapers are 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.  Read more

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