Oakey is situated 29km north west of Toowoomba along the Warrego highway and is home to about 4000 residents. It is located on the edge of the resource rich Surat Basin, with coal mining operating in the surrounding area. Local rural industries are predominantly cropping, beef grazing and feedlotting. An abattoir is located on the western side of the town.
Oakey has a large range of retail and commercial outlets, a library, cultural and community centre, olympic size swimming pool, golf course and RSL. There is also two schools, day care and preschool centres, a local hospital, a nursing home facility and two general practices.
Just outside town, the Australian Army Aviation Centre provides a training facility and hosts a Singapore Armed Forces Helicopter Squadron. The Australian Army Flying Museum displays all aircraft flown by the Australian Army since World War 2, including the latest high-tech military helicopters. Other remarkable flying machines on display include a replica Bristol Box kite that was used to train pilots in World War 1.
15km drive north-west of the town, is the major cultural tourist attraction The Woolshed at Jondaryan home to a historical museum and park, and event venue.
Oakey Community Growth Action Plan
In 2015 a number of Community Growth Action Plans were developed.
Success for each community is best determined by the residents themselves, based on their aspirations, ideals and value systems. In order to better understand what these are, Council facilitated a number of meetings with community members to draw out what issues each town is facing, identify what the potential solutions and opportunities might be and to determine which ones should be focussed on as a priority. These have been documented in plans for five communities which can be found under the related links section.