New and Emerging Communities

Enabling Capacity Building and Asset Based Community Development in new and emerging communities is a key area of focus for our Community Development Team.


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Our Work

Canberra’s population surged past 420,000 in 2019 (Update figures) – the second-fastest growth rate in Australia.  This growth continues to drive the development of new suburbs.  We work in new and emerging communities to facilitate connections and build a sense of shared community resources. 

We have worked and continue to work with ACT Government, property developers and other stakeholders on a variety of community initiatives that have enabled residents to connect with each other and build networks and resilience as foundations of growth. 

Initiatives have included Plant Swaps, Playstreets, Creative Craft Challenge, Trivia Nights, Gardening Workshops, Handyman Workshops, Yoga, Morning Teas, astronomy nights, and much more.  

Denman Prospect

Communities at Work have been working with Denman Prospect for several years to support the building of strong community connections in this new and emerging community. The CD Program is located at the Denman Village Community Centre. To learn more about the space and it’s official opening visit our news post.

About Denman Prospect

Located between Mount Stromlo and the National Arboretum, Denman Prospect is located in the Molonglo Valley.  The suburb is being developed by Capital Estate Developments, a subsidiary of Capital Property Group, which also developed and owns the Canberra Airport precinct. 

Denman Prospect has exceptional public amenities including a P-10 government school, an Early Learning Centre, state of the art shops at Denman Village, healthcare facilities etc. The suburb is also home to the Denman Village Community Centre (opened in March 2022), the first purpose-built facility for community organisations and groups in Molonglo Valley. 

Community Space in Denman Prospect

Interested in hiring space at the Denman Village Community Centre?
Please visit our room hire page and fill out the expression of interest form. 


Denman Prospect Playgroup

After helping start a playgroup in Denman Prospect and an associated Facebook group, we realised that beyond these activities, there is a wider group of families in the Molonglo Valley that are not all available on the same day. 

The CD Program developed the Molonglo Valley Playgroup Network for the coordination of playgroup and related activities in the Molonglo Valley area. 

The Molonglo Valley Playgroup Network would be interested in any playgroup-related activities in the region, so please contact us if you’d like your group to be included in the network: 

Community members are encouraged to use the Playgroup Network as a platform to start new initiatives, like new playgroups, paint and plays pram pushers, mums and bubs, even just playground meets. Playgroups can come and go, and availability can often change, to keep informed on all playgroup activities, please visit:

Please note: The Molonglo Valley Playgroup Network is intended as a place to share and discuss anything relevant to playgroups or other gatherings of young families in the Molonglo Valley.


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Contact Information


Phone: 02 6123 4450

You can also contact us via the Get in Touch form here.

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