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Latest News

Buses for Oaks Estate!

The ACT Govt has just announced three new loop services to Queanbeyan starting on Monday 25 July 2016. OEPA welcomes the new services, won after much lobbying and hard work from committee members and Bob our local Action bus driver. Thanks Bob!

Our work with TAMS on a direct to ACT school bus service is also going well, and we hope we can have this in place by next year.

Latest media: Oaks Estate welcomes major shift in government attitude to forgotten suburb

Heritage Nomination

In 2000, Oaks Estate was nominated by the ACT National Trust for the whole precinct to be given heritage protection. You can read the nomination citation here.

The ACT Heritage Council has decided that Oaks Estate does not deserve heritage protection, despite three independent expert studies recommending strong protections to be put in place.

The village people: how years of neglect created Oaks Estate's unique ...

Apr 24, 2017 - After more than 16 years in a backlog of listings, the ACT Heritage Council this month rejected the nomination for Oaks Estate to become a ...

Why it took 16 years to reject a heritage listing for Oaks Estate

Oct 2, 2017 - The ACT government has revealed why the ACT Heritage Council ruminated for 16 years about placing Oaks Estate on the heritage register.

If Oaks Estate isn't worthy of heritage listing then what is?

Apr 24, 2017 - While heritage, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder it can be argued Oaks Estate, one of the oldest and most idiosyncratic villages in ...

Oaks Estate residents fear loss of heritage protection

Jun 9, 2015 - As the ACT Heritage Council debates whether to protect Oaks Estate, residents fear heritage is being watered down in the 180-year-old village ...

Heritage studies

There have been three heritage studies of Oaks Estate, all of which recommend that the entire village should be placed on the ACT Heritage Register, that general protection should be given to abut 20 sites/houses as being of intrinsic value to the overall heritage of the village, and a few sites should be given full registration in their own right. 

The heritage studies were conducted in 1988 (available on request) 2002 and 2013.

There has also been a 2001 planning study and a 2014 Master Plan.

Other sources

Photo on right is of a doorway at The Oaks, a heritage-listed property built by the Campbell family in about 1836.

The house and grounds are private property and are not open to inspection.