Work be­gins on Onslow pro­ject

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Premier Colin Bar­nett joined lo­cals to celebrate the start of con­struc­tion for the new Onslow Shire Com­plex last week.

The oc­ca­sion marked a mile­stone in re­build­ing the town’s fa­cil­i­ties since the Shire of­fice, hall and li­brary were lost in a fire in 2013.

The new Onslow Shire Com­plex will in­clude a town hall, public li­brary, coun­cil cham­ber, meet­ing rooms, of­fice space, func­tion kitchen and the Wheat­stone In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

The bud­get for the pro­ject is $9.5m, com­pris­ing a con­tri­bu­tion of $2 mil­lion from the Chevron-op­er­ated Wheat­stone Pro­ject and the re­main­der from the Shire of Ash­bur­ton.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said the coun­cil was grate­ful that a con­tri­bu­tion to this pro­ject had been se­cured and that Chevron con­tin­ued to de­liver on their gen­er­ous com­mit­ment to the Onslow com­mu­nity.

“Once con­structed, the Onslow Shire Com­plex will once again be the hub of the Onslow com­mu­nity, with many of the town’s ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties lo­cated un­der the one roof,” she said.

“The part­ner­ship be­tween the Shire and Chevron has en­abled new and im­proved in­fra­struc­ture to be de­vel­oped, which en­hances the lifestyle of our town.”

It is ex­pected the new Onslow Shire Com­plex will open its doors late next year.

Mr Bar­nett also joined Ms White and Chevron Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Roy Krzy­wosin­ski for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the newly de­vel­oped $49 mil­lion Onslow Air­port dur­ing his visit.

Mr Bar­nett said to­gether, the Wheat­stone joint ven­ture and State Gov­ern­ment were mak­ing an un­prece­dented in­vest­ment in Onslow.

“The Chevron-op­er­ated Wheat­stone Pro­ject has com­mit­ted more than $250 mil­lion to so­cial and crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture projects in Onslow in ad­di­tion to the State Gov­ern­ment’s $70 mil­lion com­mit­ment,” he said.

“Since the es­tab­lish­ment of Kar­ratha, there hasn’t been a town in the Pil­bara or even WA that has ben­e­fited from so much pri­vate and public in­vest­ment into com­mu­nity and eco­nomic fa­cil­i­ties.

“With that eco­nomic base, you will see pro­gres­sively more busi­nesses es­tab­lish in Onslow, you will see more hous­ing de­vel­op­ment take place and more peo­ple will come to visit.”

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