What is planned for the site?

Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is working to deliver residential and community development on up to 40% of the land at Lawson.  The site is located at the former Belconnen Naval Transmitting Station in Canberra’s northern suburbs. DHA seek to transform this large secure site into a vibrant and connected community for Defence families, the local community and the public.  The proposed development is currently referred to as Lawson North.


A significant portion of the 144-hectare site will be preserved for conservation.  Extensive investigations into flora and fauna, heritage and contamination continue to be undertaken to ensure environmental assets are protected and that the site is ready for the agreed proposals.

Lawson North is currently in the planning and design stage. The draft master plan is currently being revised following extensive community consultation. The revised plan will include a mix of traditional homes and medium-density living.


DHA provides housing for Defence members and their families. Defence housing requirements within this region has increased and therefore DHA is seeking to meet this demand within the Lawson North development.