On track

Onslow fa­cil­i­ties un­der con­struc­tion

Pilbara News - - Front Page - ■ Ali­cia Perera

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.

Pic­ture: BHP Bil­li­ton

An artist’s im­pres­sion of what the fin­ished Onslow mul­ti­pur­pose courts will look like.

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