Base seen as boon for town

In­vest­ment prom­ises to bring jobs

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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