Tag Archives: Oaks Estate

Barr’s budget: no free rides for Canberra’s poorest

A lonely bus stop in Oaks Estate

The Barr Government’s announcement yesterday of a free City Loop bus in Civic highlights the utter contempt and disregard shown to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberra residents.
Oaks Estate, the government’s own ghetto, continues to have no ACTION bus whatsoever, free or not. But Civic, already saturated with ACTION bus routes providing abundant access will [...]

Oaks Estate, the forgotten suburb

By 16 November 2015

In yet another snub to Canberra’s forgotten suburb, Shane Rattenbury has said Oaks Estate residents should clean public toilets.
As Transport Minister, Shane Rattenbury has previously refused to provide an ACTION bus. This is despite Oaks Estate having 55% public housing. The ACT average is 7%.
In mid-2015 the Oaks Estate Progress Association (OEPA) received first-phase approval [...]

Mulch fire at Oaks Estate

By 31 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue is currently working to extinguish a mulch fire near Mountain Road and Nimrod Road, Oaks Estate.
No structures are at risk and the size of the mulch fire is approximately 20 metres x 20 metres.
Firefighters are using Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) tankers to extinguish the much fire as well as earthmoving [...]

Mulch fire in Oaks Estate contained

By 29 June 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue will patrol a small mulch fire burning at Oaks Estate overnight.
Firefighters were alerted to the 30 metre x 30 metre fire on Station Street at 4:20pm.
ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service crews managed to contain the fire using one pumper, two compressed air foam (CAFS) units and three [...]

Two men trapped in car after crash

By 21 June 2014

The jaws of life have been used by ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) crews to free two men from a car on George Street in Oaks Estate.
ACTF&R and the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) were called to the incident at 4pm.
The men, one aged in his 40s and the other in his 50s, were treated by [...]

But have they got guns? Cows on the loose!

By 26 May 2013

This in from Peter:
This afternoon (Sat 25 May) some cows had got out in Oaks Estate. I did ring the rangers, but its like that quote from “News Radio”:
Bill: You’re not in Wisconsin, Dave. The big story isn’t about a cow wandering into the town square.
Dave: Bill, I worked in Milwaukee, you know. It’s [...]

Oh rats another (willow) massacre in Oaks Estate or hello… Casuarina Cunninghamiana

By 22 November 2012

Oaks Estate Progress Association is very pleased to announce that stage 2, of Molonglo River rehabilitation is to continue in Oaks Estate.
 A recent announcement by TAMS has confirmed the continuation of the Restoration of Waterways Project. The project will see the removal of willows and other exotic species including blackberry and pyracantha along a section of the Molonglo, [...]

Bede Tongs – Kokoda & Oaks Estate Veteran – Thankyou!

By 15 November 2012

The Canberra Times has an article that touches lightly on the life of Bede Tongs. 
The OEPA, on behalf of the residents of Oaks Estate, would like to recognise Bede for his significant contribution and support given to Oaks Estate.
Bede is a committed long time resident of the Oaks Estate community, returning in the immediate post war period where he [...]

Good Weed – Bad Weed? How to identify 27th October – Oaks Estate Community Hall

By 22 October 2012

Weed identification workshop Sat 27th October 9.30-11.30am
Oaks Estate Progress Association, is pleased to support the Molongolo Catchment Group in their ongoing work along the Molongolo River.
For those who want to help with landcare/rivercare in our area, the Molongolo Catchment Group will conduct a Weed Identification Workshop, 9.30-11.30am Saturday October 27th,
Location is at the Oaks Estate  Community Hall, [...]

CHILDREN! not factories [Rumblings at Oaks Estate]

By 18 October 2012

Would you feel good about industrial factories been built on contaminated land in your suburb – and across the road from a childrens playground. Well it seems to be happening in the village of Oaks Estate.
A recent unopposed decision by Queanbeyan City Council (QCC) has meant just that.
As part of a recent LEP process, Railcorp through the QCC sought to have [...]

All kids to pay the same bus fare

By 7 September 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has decreed that kids in Oaks Estate and Hall will pay the same bus fare to get to school as everyone else.
“To ensure that all ACT students benefit from our reduced student fares when they travel to school, I have decided that those students who live in Oaks Estate and Hall should [...]

Road closures

By 6 June 2012

Territory and Municipal Services advise that the Oaks Estate Crossing has been closed dur to rising water.

UPDATE 06/06/12 10:35: The list of closed roads is now:
• Angle Crossing
• Point Hut Crossing
• Sunshine Crossing
• Oaks Estate Crossing.

Good Morning Oaks Estate! Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning


Oaks Estate residents woke this morning to be greeted by the sight of an abandoned truck on Hazel Street, which was torched overnight in the sleepy rural-esque suburb on the ACT border.
Surprisingly, residents heard nothing.
Despite the reputation of Oaks Estate as a crime-ridden den of despair, recent crime data from the AFP shows that Oaks [...]

They’ve taken Oaks Estate? Is NSW eating the ACT? Yes, Minister

By 31 May 2012

[This is the text of a letter from the office of Joy Burch MLA, Member for Brindabella, Minister for Housing, to me.]
Dear Mr [name],
Thank you for your email of 19 April 2012 regarding the lack of bus services to and from Oaks Estate, Queanbeyan, NSW.
Minister Burch has asked me to acknowledge receipt of your correspondence [...]

Floodwatch 2012 – Have you seen the Bunyip of Oaks Estate?

By 5 March 2012

As part of stumbling through the NLA’s Trove archive for flood stories, I came across the below article, a curious piece from the Sydney Morning Herald dated 25 October 1876 about the area immediately surrounding the junction of the Queanbeyan and Molonglo rivers.
Some credence (at least for the location, relative truthiness of any bunyip sighting [...]

Willow massacre at Oaks Estate

By 6 February 2012

Territory and Municipal Services are letting us know they’re attacking beautiful willows near Oaks Estate to leave a blasted, but more authentic moonscape behind.
“The ACT Government has committed $1.5 million toward the cleanup of Willow debris, Willow control and river restoration work in identified priority areas,” Mr Hughes said. “This funding has been provided in [...]

Another fire at Oaks Estate

By 16 October 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from Peterat 12.10pm:
I can’t see exactly where it is, some where near Mcewan avenue.
The Fire Brigade have been notified.

Oaks Estate Mulch Fire

By 25 August 2011

ACT Fire Brigade on scene at a fire of a pile of mulch on Railway Street, Oaks Estate. Estimated size of pile of mulch 60 metres x 40 metres.
No property at risk.
Fire being extinguished by ACT Fire Brigade with assistance from Fire and Rescue NSW and Queanbeyan City Council.
Smoke is non-toxic and will blow over [...]

Fire in Oaks Estate. Capital Flowers burning.


We’re getting reports of a buiding on fire in Oaks Estate.
More as it comes to hand and if you’ve got any pictures send them in to .
UPDATE: Peter has sent in pix with the news it’s on Railway Street at “some sort of gardening centre”.
Further Update: Make that Capital Flowers.
UPDATE 3: This from the [...]

Getting drugs the easy way. Probably made the writing too legible.

By 15 July 2011

ACT Policing yesterday (Thursday, July 14) arrested a 30-year-old Oaks Estate man on charges of forgery and using a false document contrary to Sections 346 and 347 of the Criminal Code 2002.
Police will allege the man had been producing fraudulent medical prescriptions and presenting them to pharmacies.
A search warrant had been executed on the man’s [...]

More taxi predators collared

By 11 July 2011

ACT Policing Criminal Investigation members arrested a 22-year-old man and 19-year-old woman on Saturday morning (July 10) following the aggravated robbery of a taxi driver last month (June 17).
Around 2.30am on June 17, the driver picked up six passengers from an address in Kingston and conveyed them to George Street, in Oaks Estate.
After the passengers [...]

Kingston to Oaks Estate is a hefty cab fare

By 17 June 2011

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident earlier this morning (Friday, June 17) at Oaks Estate when a taxi driver was assaulted and robbed.
Around 2.30am, the driver picked up six passengers – four males and two females – from an address in Kingston and conveyed them to George Street, in Oaks Estate, where they [...]

Master plan priority for Oaks Estate, Weston, Athllon Drive and Belconnen town centre

By 7 April 2011

Andrew Barr has posted online a lengthy speech to the Assembly on where the Master Plan process is up to.
Of particular interest is that in 2011-12 the priority list is:
– Oaks Estate, which is already committed and some work is being undertaken in the preparation of the master plan
– Weston – Cooleman Court group centre
– [...]

Stuck in a hole on the ASIO site since Saturday

By 21 March 2011

ACT Policing is currently investigating an incident where a 19-year-old Oaks Estate man has been injured on a building site over the weekend.
Police were called to the Constitution Avenue site about 9.10am this morning (Monday, March 21) after construction workers located the man.
The man has sustained head injuries as a result of a possible fall [...]

Oaks Estate Road open – and other road news

By 7 February 2011

A curious one.
Sometime between noon today and 12.20 the TAMS website advised that the Oaks Estate Road had been closed on Friday afternoon.
This was immediately followed by the news that the road, in what may become an immortal phrase, “is now reopen”.
The release goes on to mention that Angle Crossing is also now open, but [...]

What’s the Quangers bit??

By 2 January 2011

I know it goes both ways…
Geesh most of people in Quangers in court on Mondays are from Oaks Estate (ACT) Majority of them came from ACT (still in ACT) just offended in Quangers.
Civic wanted them out,,,,give them Govvy housing in Oaks Estate and send them in Qbn for thier Methadone and free meals…Still ACT’s issue [...]

Images of Canberra – Frosty Fence at Oak’s Estate

By 3 August 2010

Pork Hunt has sent in this picture taken at Oaks Estate four weeks ago.
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The ACT Crime League Table – March 2010 data

By 29 April 2010

So how does your suburb stack up for crime?
With Crime Statistics now online I’ve taken the very crude measure of ranking police patrol sectors by the total crimes committed per 1000 people in March. Interestingly nicer areas seem to have more crime. Do they have more to steal? Or are they more likely to report?
155.3 [...]

Oaks Estate Road Closure

By 28 February 2009

What is the deal with the Oaks Estate Rd/Bridge closure? Is it closed or not? There are signs up everywhere but I’ve seen people coming out of the road. Having it closed adds 5-10 mins to my morning trip and I’d hate to think I could’ve been using it.

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