Revamped power station a place to energise youth
A symbol of Pilbara power and history converted into a youth haven is to open within weeks in Onslow.
The old power station on Second Avenue has been leased and fixed up by V Swans for use as a high-tech youth drop-in centre to give Onslow youngsters a safe and inspiring place to hang out.
The repurposed building is now decked out with virtual reality, big-screen TVs, game consoles, wi-fi, computers and tablets, a pizza oven, barbecues and even books.
V Swans general manager Nicole Graves said she hoped the facility would become a well-loved institution for the Onslow community.
“It will certainly be a busy little place once it gets up and running,” she said.
“For us it is a first in terms of owning and running a facility in the Pilbara.
“Plenty of the history of the building is still visible, which was important to us and the local community.”
Part of that history — a large gantry — remains exposed as a reminder of the buildings’ industrial roots.
Graffiti over the walls during its years of decay has been photographed to use as artwork for the fixed interior.
Mrs Graves said a soft opening would happen when the final touches were made, hopefully within the next few weeks.
An official opening event has been considered for midyear.
Shire of Ashburton Councillors approved a five-year lease to V Swans for the premises, with an additional five-year option, at its March council meeting.
The Shire will now negotiate final terms and execute a community lease agreement with the organisation.
The centre will be open on weekdays from 2.15pm to 6.30pm and weekends from 11am to 6.30pm.