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.
In 2004 Housing ACT funded the Community Linkages Program, which emphasised the role of cooperation and confidence in building social relations between individual tenants and with ACT Housing. The program provided by Southside Community Services Inc. at Red Hill and Oaks Estate did this by strengthening the role of the community rooms in those public housing environments. Southside supported tenants to form management groups and conduct community activities by initiating various projects that encouraged the development of social networks and that built individual and collective confidence and motivation.
One idea, creating an Oaks Estate Web page, grew out of the History and Culture of Oaks Estate project that had begun in the Oaks Estate community room in early 2004 to complement the previous combined work of Southside and ACT Health. The history project centred on the efforts of public housing tenants John Bruggeman, Pam Pryor and Lisa Roberts who worked collaboratively with Oaks Estate historian Karen Williams. Other tenants and community development workers participated in the project through oral history interviews. Those participants included Brian Gallagher, Georg Rehn, Theresa, Albert Cooper, Amine Maia, Halina Krupinski, Mabelle Gardiol and Peter Cooper.
The core history project group began to envisage a Web page that could:
- · promote the community room, tenants’ activities and public housing issues
- · link tenants to community services and to other tenant complexes
- · be a central information point and archive for the broader Oaks Estate community.
A further aspect of the Web page initiative was that as tenants were supported in preparing their material for presentation participants would learn necessary research and computing skills at their own pace and specific to their needs, interests and abilities. That Web page is no longer online. However, seven years down the track, the Oaks Estate Progress Association Inc. is supporting the creation of another Web page for the whole of Oaks Estate.
The words and images of all participants in the 2004 projects appear on this Web page with their approval and our thanks, and with the additional approval of Southside Community Services Inc.