Old Onslow to get an upgrade
The heritage-listed Old Onslow townsite is receiving a facelift courtesy of a $1 million conservation project.
The Pilbara Regional Council project is being undertaken with an aim to preserve the police station and old jail, and to generate new opportunities for tourism.
PRC chief executive Tony Friday said initial stabilisation works had been completed for the safety of visitors.
“This included installation of temporary mesh frames to the doors and windows of the old jail building and over the opening of a water tank, construction of a temporary arch support on one of the old jail cells and new signage,” he said.
“PRC is working with the Shire of Ashburton, the Department of State Development and Chevron Australia to deliver conservation works and develop supporting tourism opportunities as part of the Old Onslow Conservation and Tourism Development Project.
“Despite the ravages of time, these buildings have remained largely intact and provide a rare insight into the heritage and his- tory of the former frontier settlement.”
The development of a conservation management strategy detailing further activities and priority works will begin in May.
Shire of Ashburton president Kerry White said she looked forward to the boost the project would give Onslow tourism.
Established more than 120 years ago, Old Onslow was a port that serviced the wool industry at the mouth of the Ashburton River. Repeated cyclone damage in 1925 saw the original town abandoned and moved to its current location at Beadon Creek.
The old jail building with temporary mesh frames installed.