Work begins on Onslow project
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.”