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Map of Uriarra, NSW 2611

Uriarra Village is a historical forestry village in the Australian Capital Territory established in 1928 at the foothills of the Australian Alps.

The settlement and surrounding forest was significantly damaged by the 2003 Canberra bushfires with 16 of the original 23 homes being destroyed. In May 2004 the ACT Government considered information on social capital, infrastructure innovation, environmental, planning and financial analysis and found that Uriarra Village should be redeveloped in a sustainable manner. Fifteen of the original families moved away from the settlement with nine choosing to remain.

In 2007 the ACT Government commenced rebuilding the settlement as a rural village, through the funding of new roads and infrastructure. In mid-2012 the settlement was officially recognised and named as a village within the ACT.

Uriarra Village is the only "community title" village in Australia. The village community independently owns and maintains village services and infrastructure including roads, community lands, the village hall, and stormwater. As such the village receives only minimal services from the ACT Government for the provision of garbage collection. The National Capital Authority advocated community title for the village after the 2003 bushfire to "promote social interaction and a shared community spirit".

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