Current serving ADF personnel who have begun the process of transitioning out of their Service are being effectively assisted to transition to life as a civilian in Townsville, and the ex-ADF Community is connected and fully integrated into the Townsville Community. The ex-ADF Community is respected, vibrant and enabling a thriving Townsville.
By managing the coordination of services, support, training and engagement with and between other organisations and services from Government (including Townsville LGA, Queensland and Federal Government (esp. Defence and DVA)), NGO, NFP, charity and volunteer community-based organisations that have as their mission to affect the social determinants of health and wellbeing for the Townsville Community with the interests of the ex-ADF community at the centre. This coordination is first and foremost affected with and between the ESOs in Townsville.
Through an appropriately located and sized facility maintained and supported by grant funding, contracted services and philanthropic business sponsorships and donations, and run by a professional management team which is supported by volunteers of The Oasis Townsville.
A thriving, respected, vibrant and well supported Ex-ADF Community enhancing the economic and social prosperity of Townsville.
The Oasis Townsville is to provide a 'single front door' for all members of the ex-ADF community in Townsville and their families, as well as current ADF members who have begun the transition journey, to transition connect and integrate into the Townsville Community.
Objects of The Oasis Townsville Limited are all or any of the following:
1.1 To support the direct relief of poverty, suffering, destitution, helplessness, distress, misfortune or other disabilities of Australian Defence Force veterans and their families and notably the relief of any of the aforesaid which impedes upon the education, development, health, advancement and employment of Australian Defence Force veterans in need.
1.2 To facilitate emergency accommodation of Australian Defence Force veterans and their families facing homelessness or in need or emergency respite housing.
1.3 To provide a common facility for Australian Defence Force veterans to access transition service providers, education service providers, employment referrals and other veteran orientated support organisations to encourage positive and meaningful post-separation employment.
1.4 To promote the engagement of Australian Defence Force veterans who are vulnerable and at risk of disengagement from the labour market or long-term unemployment due to service-related mental health concerns.
1.5 To educate and promote the social engagement of Australian Defence Force veterans to alleviate the pre-cursors that lead to suicide, self-harm and mental health problems relevant to the veteran community.
1.6 To do such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of all of the above objects.
The original old DPI Building in Oonoonba (The Village) that was promised to the ex-ADF community in November 2017 at the Queensland State Election.
The idea for a 'referral hub' originated about 10 years ago from a collaboration of the leadership of the Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) in Townsville. They were concerned that the services provided by each of their organisations was dispersed throughout Townsville, related to specific types of service and in some case specific categories of veteran; and it was difficult for members of the ADF transitioning and those already transitioned in the Ex-ADF Community to identify which ESO could help with any particular problem or circumstance.
It gained significant momentum in 2016 with the offer of a building (old tennis courts on Ingham Rd near the Showgrounds) for 'The Services Hub' by the Mayor, Cr. Jenny Hill. This site presented problems in that it was only useful as a small meeting place and each ESO would need to be represented or at worst they would need to have volunteers staff it. The ESOs then began to discuss a Services Directory that would could be available online.
In the lead up to the Queensland election in November 2017, the Labor Party adopted an unsolicited proposal to refurbish the old Department of Primary Industries (DPI) building in Ooonoonba, Townsville. They made an election pledge to do just that and subsequently formed the Queensland Government. The Oasis Townsville is located in the State Electorate of Mundingburra (with the 2017 changes to electoral boundaries) and Coralee O'Rourke (Labor) won the seat and was subsequently appointed as the Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. So for two good reasons now, she and her Department are assisting the Ex-ADF Community refurbish the building and build an Ex-ADF Community Hub.
The Oasis Townsville in The Village at Oonoonba will be developed into a support and referral hub for transitioning ADF members and families, and ex-ADF members and their families to enable better access to the services of the ESO Community and the civilian community services in Townsville.