Building & Planning

Onslow Multipurpose Courts

Onslow Basketball carnival showcases new Multipurpose Courts facility

Onslow recently celebrated the opening of the new Multipurpose Courts with a family friendly night filled with basketball fun, delicious food, entertainment and a special performance by X-Factor favourite ‘Big T’.

The impressive new Multipurpose Courts have been built in conjunction with BHP Billiton and the Pilbara Development Commission, and provide the Onslow community with two undercover courts and one open air court, quality night lighting, car parks, spectator viewing, scoreboards, umpire and scoring facilities.  The undercover area will also provide a facility for many events that are often compromised due to weather and heat.  

A record number of teams converged on Onslow over the weekend to compete in the annual Onslow Basketball Carnival, with the new courts showcasing a huge range of sporting talent.  Off court, spectators gathered to cheer on their teams as well as enjoy the assortment of basketball fun and activities.

Former Wildcats Captain Brad Robbins, former West Coast Eagle Travis Gaspar and Martin Cattalini, who played for both the Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers, were also in Onslow and hosted a variety of skills workshops and community activities.

The Onslow Basketball Carnival is coordinated through the joint collaboration of the Shire of Ashburton, BHP Billiton and Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation, with the weekend aimed at promoting great sportsmanship and healthy lifestyle.

Shire of Ashburton President Kerry White says the Basketball Carnival is always a highlight and the new facility definitely made this year the very best yet.

“The Multipurpose Courts are a great asset to our town and cater to a broad range of sporting and social activities, for both our residents and region,” said Cr White. “Seeing the opening of the facility host a record number of teams for the carnival was a major boost for Onslow.”

BHP Billiton Petroleum Operations Manager Clive Jones says that the new courts are a fantastic addition to the town of Onslow, and will not only enable the annual basketball carnival to continue to grow but will create a space for a range of other community activities.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve seen how frequently the courts are being used and are confident that the new facility will be a central community hub for years to come,” said Mr Jones. “Each year the Onslow and broader Pilbara community impress with their skills at the basketball carnival and this year has been no exception.”

Last updated: 13 March 2018