Are you interested in your local heritage and history? A fair number of residents expressed an interest at the recent KBRG AGM and the initial community meeting. The Committee is now keen to find out from you exactly what your interest is. Is your interest in a particular building, an area, a landscape, history of the area, or something else?

A number of places (including some trees) in Kingston, Barton and in nearby parts of Griffiths and Forrest have been listed on the ACT Heritage Register and these can be found at

There are probably some other places deserving of registration and this is useful in protecting them from development. Some such places include the Kingston Hotel (the NCA is working on a Development Control Plan), the AFP College (formerly Lawley House. A Development Application has been processed which allows for an increase in the gross floor area of the building) and the 1934 Barton Court flats (no pressing matters but they are the first flats built in Canberra and were designed by Sir Kenneth Oliphant). You might have some ideas about other places or things that are in need of protection such as our amazing urban forest.

If you want to be part of the new Heritage Group, have some ideas about your local heritage, or simply want to keep in touch with developments, please contact the group convenor, Nick Swain at


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