New and Emerging Communities

Enabling Capacity Building and Asset Based Community Development in New and Emerging Communities is a key area of focus for Communities at Work's Community Development Team.

Denman Prospect Community Development Communities at Work

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Our Work

Canberra’s population surged past 420,000 in 2019 – the second-fastest growth rate in Australia.  This growth continues to drive the development of new suburbs.  We work in the space of new and emerging communities to facilitate connections, as well as 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, and a whole host of activities and events across the new and emerging communities in Forde, Bonner, Molonglo Valley, Denman Prospect.

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Denman Prospect

Communities at Work has been working with Denman Prospect for several years, and in 2020 we received a formal contract to provide community development services.

Due to COVID-19, the practice of physical distancing means that many community members have changed to schooling and working from home, using the digital world to replace activities that they would usually engage in among other people.  Creative approaches to community development have become necessary.

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.

Stage 1 and the first part of Stage 2 have been completed, with approximately 1,000 people already living there.  Construction of the next part of Stage 2 is due to commence in the second half of 2020.  When completed, Denman Prospect will have approximately 4,000 dwellings for more than 10,000 people.

Denman Prospect has exceptional public amenities and a P-10 government school is currently under construction, with a primary school scheduled to open in February 2021 and the high school due for completion in 2023.

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Community Space in Denman Prospect

We’re opening a Communities at Work Community Centre in Denman Prospect (the Denman Village Community Centre) in early 2022. This community centre will have four rooms available for the community to hire, each of which will include a kitchenette and AV equipment.

The rooms will be the following sizes, with rooms 2 and 3 able to be combined to create a 157m2 space:

  • Room 1: 132m2
  • Room 2: 79m2
  • Room 3: 78m2
  • Room 4: 60m2

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from groups and organisations that may be interested in hiring space in this community centre in 2022. We are mindful that the Molonglo Valley has lacked facilities like this for a number of years, and so anticipate there may be strong demand with competition for space. Please let us know if you would be interested in hiring space, so we can do our best to accommodate you once bookings can be made, using the form EOI form below.

Please note that this form only constitutes an enquiry and does not guarantee availability or bookings.

Expression of Interest in Community Space

Please fill out the details below if you're interested in utilising the community centre opening in Denman Prospect. We'll be in touch!
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Molonglo Valley Playgroup Network

We have developed the Molonglo Valley Playgroup Network for the coordination of playgroup and related activities in the Molonglo Valley area.

After helping start playgroups in Denman Prospect and an associated Facebook group, we realised that beyond the existing Denman Prospect Playgroup, there is a wider group of families in the Molonglo Valley that are not all available on Friday mornings.

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

Playgroups can come and go, and availability can often change, so we advise the community to update the central Molonglo Valley Playgroup Network Facebook Group with the latest information and refer to it for updates.

Facebook Group Links

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. Please access the group(s) and update information here:

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

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Phone: 02 6293 6597

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

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