2019-12: Construction of The Oasis Townsville on track to begin in early 2020 (Qld Govt DCDSS Media Statement 6 Dec 2019)
We are currently set up in temporary office space in the CBD at 143 Walker Street.
However, we have a new facility being built in The Village in Oonoonba which we expect to be able to move to by mid-year.
The Village has some interesting history. During WWII the area was the site of 13 Australian Army Personnel Staging Camp, Oonoonba (13 APSC). It was used as a staging camp for many military personnel on their way to New Guinea during WWII. It was built in the Meatworks holding paddock on the high ground between the Oonoonba School and the Oonoonba Animal Health Station beside Abbott Street and the railway line. Most personnel moving back from New Guinea would be staged here.
OONOONBA, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, 1944-03-11. ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF OF THE 13TH PERSONNEL STAGING CAMP AT THE EMBARKATION ISSUES DEPOT FROM WHICH ALL TROOPS ARE EQUIPPED FOR NEW GUINEA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NX56791 STAFF-SERGEANT D. ROBINSON (1); Q36919 CAPTAIN C. TILLIDGE, COMMANDING OFFICER (2); Q101615 CORPORAL J. CULHANE (3); Q113971 PRIVATE J.F. CORP (4); Q265784 CORPORAL R.D. TUDMAN (5); Q136513 CORPORAL G. BILNEY (6).
Courtesy AWM 2019
An air raid at 0025h on 29 July 1942 saw seven bombs fall in Cleveland Bay and one in a paddock at Oonoonba. The only casualties of Townsville's "most significant raid" were a fence post and a palm tree. The site of the bombing in Oonoonba is not far from The Oasis Townsville.
Given the military significance of the area many of the streets in The Village are named with connections to WWII.
The park to the south of The Oasis Townsville is named Rawdon Middleton VC Park. You'll find the Australian War Memoral information on this RAAF officer very interesting.