Base seen as boon for town
Investment promises to bring jobs
One of the largest private investments in regional WA’s history, set to be based in Onslow, is a step closer to becoming a reality.
Project shareholders for the proposed $40 million-$500 million Onslow Marine Supply Base in Beadon Creek met with the community and stakeholders last week to detail the scope of the project.
The meeting came after the Shire of Ashburton proposed to dispose of land next to the airport for OMSB to develop as a light industrial area to support the supply base.
Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Geoff Herbert said development of the airport LIA would be an attractive proposition for local and out-oftown business.
“This project will be very similar to Wheatstone in that it’s a very long-term project — it might not be massive construction but it is good, steady work,” he said.
“It will offer a wide range of business opportunities for everyone from mechanics and boilermakers to those selling food and accommodation.
“It’s just another one of those projects which seemed to fly under the radar, with people not realising how big it is for the town.”
It is anticipated the OMSB will add a further 70-100 permanent jobs, additional business activity, and improved marine storage and supply facilities for a range of industries.
Agriculture and commercial fishing have been highlighted as industries that could benefit.
North West MLA Vince Catania said the news was a timely morale boost for the Onslow community.
“It’s good to see the Shire sell that piece of land because it’s pivo-
tal in the role in developing a new industry in Onslow which will hopefully underpin the town’s future,” he said.
“I think if we can get this laydown area and LIA going, that will actually change the face of Onslow by providing those permanent jobs and bringing families into town, which will give you what Chevron should have done.”
Public submissions for the proposed land transaction close on December 8, with the Shire aiming to progress the contract of sale at its first meeting next year if none are made.
Construction of the wharf and the first stage of dredging is expected to be finished by the end of 2016, pending approvals.