Salt plans put pep in town’s future
Onslow businesses and residents have reason to smile, with another major international resources company pitching a potential move into town.
The optimism is down to German salt giant K+S, which unveiled plans last week for a $350 million operation near Onslow to supply Asian markets with 3.5 million tonnes of the commodity annually.
Shire of Asburton president Kerry White said she was cautiously excited about the potential of K+S establishing a new solar salt operation near Onslow.
“It will certainly be good news for the Onslow economy, but we appreciate that the project is still in its very early stages of assessment and approvals,” she said.
“We would encourage K+S to consult with the community and businesses of Onslow as soon as it can, and to build their employee homes in our town.
“This will strengthen the local community and its economy and ... it is better for the wellbeing of workers and their families to be a welcome and important part of our Onslow community.”
Although K+S stressed the development process was in its early stages, with a final investment decision not expected until 2019, the company said it was attracted to WA because of the region’s salt production potential and proximity to key Asian growth markets.
North West Central MLA Vince Catania said it was “fantastic” to have another opportunity to develop a salt operation near Onslow.
“This gives an opportunity for Onslow to have a permanent workforce of employees live in the town and creating not a new industry, but another industry,” he said.
“That’s going to help ... (turn) Onslow into a town that’s sizeable and has the amenities to be able to cater for different types of industry.”
The Ashburton Salt project could create 75 full-time locally based jobs.