Old Onslow to get an upgrade

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Pil­bara Re­gional Coun­cil

The old jail build­ing with tem­po­rary mesh frames in­stalled.

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