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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 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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LATEST NEWS - 10th November 2013

Catholic Cemeteries Trust still shows contempt for community - pretends 'no rezoning', 'no opposition'...

Does the Trust speak in the name of 'the Church' when it makes these blatantly inaccurate claims for its project? We don't think so...

Facts: The Trust submitted a rezoning application to Campbelltown Council on the 9th September 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 commercial cemetery. The proposed cemetery is prohibited land use in the Hills (otherwise the Trust could have gone straight to a DA). Local newspapers & their Facebook pages are full of protest against this project. The Varroville Carmelite nuns and friars have written to the Trust opposing the cemetery for being incompatible with the zoning & heritage of the Hills...Yet the Trust continues to say that the zoning will not change and that there is no community opposition. Hello? Read more

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