Onslow facilities under construction
Construction of multipurpose courts and a skate park in the centre of Onslow has begun, set to bring the long-awaited sports facilities to town by the end of this year.
Work on the multipurpose facility that will house three basketball/ netball courts, two of which will be undercover, started last month and is scheduled to be finished mid year, in good time for the popular Onslow Basketball Carnival that draws about 800 spectators annually.
The town’s first skate park will be built nearby on the site of the old basketball courts and is expected to be up and running by November.
The Shire of Ashburton is overseeing the project and president Kerry White said the multipurpose facility would be a good replacement for the town’s well-used but rundown basketball courts.
“Basketball is one of the most popular pastimes in Onslow and the existing courts and annual Basketball Carnival have been at capacity for some time now,” she said.
“Thankfully the new facility will dramatically increase the accessibility of courts allowing more people to play basketball more often.
“The two covered courts will be a huge improvement over what is currently available by providing shelter from the extreme Pilbara sun.”
The $4 million building project has been in the works for the past two years and finding the best location for the planned skate park was proving especially difficult.
It is mainly funded by BHP Billiton as part of a State development agreement with some contribution from Royalties for Regions via the Department of Regional Development.
BHP Billiton general manager Geraldine Slattery said these were important sports assets for Onslow.
An artist’s impression of what the finished Onslow multipurpose courts will look like.