Base to cre­ate ‘100 per­ma­nent jobs’

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A ma­jor step to­wards di­ver­si­fy­ing the Onslow econ­omy has been taken as con­struc­tion starts on the $125 mil­lion Onslow Ma­rine Sup­port Base.

The sup­port base be­ing built in Beadon Creek will sup­port the oil and gas in­dus­try, with Agility Lo­gis­tics al­ready signed on to use the base.

Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive Chantelle King said the base had been the talk of the Pil­bara since be­ing dis­cussed at the re­cent New Pil­bara con­fer­ence.

“It will bring at least 100 per­ma­nent jobs into the fu­ture as the project de­vel­ops,” she said.

“There will be a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses dur­ing con­struc­tion. It flew un­der the radar for a while but now it is ac­tu­ally go­ing ahead.”

Con­struc­tion of the base at Beadon Creek will em­ploy more than 100 workers over three stages of de­vel­op­ment.

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia said the base had the po­ten­tial to pro­vide more ben­e­fits to Onslow than Wheat­stone.

“In terms of ben­e­fit­ing lo­cal busi­ness and hav­ing a lo­cal work­force, this is one of the best projects for Onslow,” he said.

“It com­ple­ments what’s go­ing on in Onslow and has the full sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

“This is not only a big win for the com­mu­nity, but a big win for com­pa­nies like Chevron and BHP, en­abling them to ac­cess ser­vices close to their op­er­a­tions.”

Mr Cata­nia said he would like to see Gov­ern­ment aid ex­pan­sion of the project, po­ten­tially funded through the pro­posed in­crease of the spe­cial lease rental.

OMSB di­rec­tor An­drew Natta was un­avail­able for com­ment but has pre­vi­ously stated the base would be a game-changer for WA’s com­pet­i­tive­ness in the oil and gas sec­tor He said the base would rep­re­sent cost ad­van­tages to the oil and gas sec­tor, in­creas­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

Agri­cul­ture and com­mer­cial fish­ing have been high­lighted as in­dus­tries which could ben­e­fit in the long term as well. The base is slated for com­ple­tion by late 2017.

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