New aquatic cen­tre for Onslow

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

The long-awaited Onslow Aquatic Cen­tre opened with a splash at an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony and com­mu­nity-wide pool party re­cently.

De­vel­oped by the Shire of Ash­bur­ton, the Chevron­op­er­ated Wheat­stone Project and Depart­ment of State Devel­op­ment, the cen­tre brings to the town a six-lane 25m pub­lic pool with shal­low beach en­try and free-form area to­gether with shade sails, a kiosk, change rooms and a first-aid room.

It of­fi­cially opened on Satur­day, April 1 at a gi­ant pool party in­volv­ing mu­sic, games, prizes and in­flat­able play equip­ment for local fam­i­lies to en­joy.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said an aquatic cen­tre had been a key as­pi­ra­tion for the Onslow com­mu­nity for years.

She said she was glad to see the fa­cil­ity built and al­ready be­ing em­braced by the pub­lic.

“The com­ple­tion of the Onslow Aquatic Cen­tre is a great achieve­ment made pos­si­ble through great part­ner­ships and a num­ber of years of ded­i­cated work,” she said.

“We are proud to have built such a won­der­ful new fa­cil­ity and en­joy see­ing it now be­ing en­joyed by so many of our Onslow res­i­dents.”

Chevron Wheat­stone as­set man­ager Rob Do­brik, said feed­back to the com­pany’s an­nual com­mu­nity sur­veys had long sup­ported bring­ing a pub­lic swim­ming pool to Onslow.

Onslow Pri­mary School will de­liver swim­ming lessons for stu­dents and pri­vate lessons will also be held to en­sure local chil­dren are wa­ter-safe.

The pool will be open daily un­til May 31 and staff are plan­ning to host a va­ri­ety of so­cial and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the cen­tre pool man­ager on 9184 9301.

Pic­ture: Mike Ed­mon­son

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White and Chevron Wheat­stone as­set man­ager Rob Do­brik.

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