Oaklands Estate comprises the triangular area bounded by the River Sturt, Oaklands Road/Chambers Street and Minchinbury Terrace. It was originally called Oaklands Estate and was formally included in the suburb of Marion in around 1966.  It is still commonly referred to as Oaklands Estate.

The Estate comprises around 300 homes and is estimated to house around 1000 residents. The area directly coincides with Neighbourhood Area 4 in the City of Marion draft Urban Form and Neighbourhood Character Study dated July 2007 and is designated with a Residential (Character) Zone in the Development Plan.

OERA was established in 1952 and has continued to be active since then.  Membership is open to all residents of the Estate.  OERA is proud that many of the ‘original’ Estate residents from the 1950’s and 1960’s, when many of the houses were built, are still living here and continue to take part in OERA and other community affairs and due to their efforts the Oaklands Estate is recognised as a Character Area.

We are equally pleased that over the last twenty or so years many new families have moved in, enjoying the amenity of the Estate and the ability to live in existing family homes or to build new ones suitable for families.  It is notable that most of the new residents comprise families which are able to enjoy family sized homes on family sized allotments situated close to shops and schools and public transport.   OERA firmly believes that the ability for families to find suitable land and housing in this part of the City of Marion significantly adds to the diversity of housing and community in the northern part of the Council area.

OERA has a long and successful history, having been established by concerned residents involved in the rapid transition of the Estate from a rural to an urban area. Much of the lovely character of the Estate - which is specifically acknowledged and catered for in the City of Marion Development Plan - stems from the hard work in the early years in establishing street trees and high quality reserve areas and in building and retaining housing types that complement the character of our area.

 Minchinbury Tce  1952

Pethick Tce 1952

Minchinbury Tce 2010

 Pethick Tce 2015

The efforts of our residents can be traced in OERA’s 50th Anniversary booklet titled "Memories of the Early Years" compiled by Ms Lyn Roberts in March 2003. A couple of examples include:

Members of the Residents' Association in conjunction with the Marion Council planted many trees on the Estate. The choice of trees was determined by Dr Millington who lived in the area and worked at Waite Institute. He drew up a plan of what to plant in each street. The tree seedlings were purchased from the Woods and Forests Nursery at Belair and paid for by the Marion Council. Residents would nurture the trees in their own gardens before planting them around the Estate and the arrangement with Council was that residents would water them.             Mr Tom Chambers 9/2/03

When the trees were planted on the Railway side of Minchinbury Terrace, Mr Bert Owen and I used to water the trees in their early stages. We would carry buckets of water from the properties along Minchinbury Terrace.                 Mr Lloyd Isaksson 8/2/03

Take a walk around our Estate and you can see the benefits derived from these tree planting efforts.  While there needs to be a dedicated effort in the early years – and it takes time for the benefits to be evident – with patience and continued replanting where required, wonderful streetscapes such as those in the Estate can be established and enjoyed by future generations.  Over the years OERA has given every encouragement to all Estate residents to maintain the standards which were established in those early years.

OERA has always been keen to preserve the Estate as a quality residential area; to ensure the maintenance of parks and gardens and of roads, footpaths and drainage systems; to encourage neighbourly attitudes; to ensure a quality of life acceptable to all; and, importantly, to always be prepared to pursue matters likely to be of benefit to residents of the Estate.

OERA issues regular newsletters and for many years has held an annual BBQ that is open to all Estate residents.  Information nights are held on important matters and a website has been developed.  Close liaison with Marion Council is always important to OERA, which aims to work closely with the Mayor, Ward representatives and relevant Council staff.  The OERA Committee comprises a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and seven Committee Members.

We are very proud of the achievements of OERA during the last 67 years and believe that it demonstrates what can be achieved in terms of establishing and maintaining a strong community spirit and neighbourhood character that will benefit future generations of Marion residents.