Onslow Community Boating Precinct upgrade to get underway

Published on Thursday, 16 September 2021 at 8:44:36 AM

Works as part of Stage 1 of the Onslow Community Boating Precinct will get underway in October 2021.

The Department of Transport announced that WA based company Ertech have been appointed to construct the highly anticipated project for the Onslow community.

Shire of Ashburton President Kerry White acknowledged this project had been some years in the planning and is pleased that the community will be able to access the new facility from the middle of next year.

“The Shire of Ashburton has been advocating for this project for a number of years and I am very pleased with today’s announcement”, said Councillor White.

“The boating facility is another step in unlocking Onslow as a tourism destination.

“It is well-known that we have some of the best fishing in Western Australia off our coastline as well as the Mackerel, Montebello and Pilbara Inshore Islands that offer pristine snorkelling and recreational boating opportunities.

“This project and the planned second stage of the Onslow Community Boating Precinct will open up Onslow’s potential as a premier marine tourism destination.

“This project is significantly funded by the Shire ($7.9 million), and I also acknowledge the support received with additional funding from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project ($1.5 million), the Commonwealth Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program ($0.9 million) and the State Government ($0.4 million), with the project being delivered by the Department of Transport.

“The existing boat ramp in Beadon Creek will continue to be accessible during the work ensuring Onslow residents and visitors can still access the water for recreational and fishing purposes”.

The development includes a new two-lane boat launching ramp with a central floating jetty located 150 metres north of the current boat ramp within the Onslow Maritime Facility.

Works also include initial dredging to create deeper waters for safe navigation to and from the ramp, earthworks to form the ramp and construction of several rock revetment walls.

A future Stage 2 of the project, which is currently unfunded is expected to include additional mooring pens for various sized vessels as well as capacity for passenger and charter boat operations.

Wheatstone Plant Manager Deanne Renting said Chevron was proud to continue its more than $250 million investment in Onslow.

“Enjoying Western Australia’s beautiful coastline is a highlight of life in Onslow and we’re thrilled to play a role in enhancing this important community facility.”



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