Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti
Onslow Marine Services Hub A Step Closer
Victor P Taffa
- Vision for Onslow to become a key marine hub one step closer
- Onslow (Beadon Creek) Maritime Facility project more than 50 % complete and set to be finished late this year
- Dredging to allow larger commercial vessels to operate from Beadon Creek almost complete
- Jobs boost for region with opportunity to service the offshore oil and gas industry
Vision for Onslow to become a key marine hub, servicing the offshore oil and gas industry, is a step closer with dredging to allow larger commercial vessels to operate from the Beadon Creek facility, almost completed.
“With dredging almost complete, this will be another milestone in the transformation of the Onslow (Beadon Creek) Maritime Facility to a key hub for the marine sector servicing the offshore oil and gas industry.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.
“Department of Transport is working collaboratively with the private sector to deliver major improvements that will have ongoing benefits, not only for commercial vessels involved in the resources sector but also fishing and charter vessels and recreational craft using the facility.”
Department of Transport has been working with the Onslow Marine Support Base and other stakeholders over the past 7 years to redevelop the Onslow (Beadon Creek) Maritime Facility.
Recent dredging campaign to increase the width and depth of the existing navigation channel is complemented by current work to upgrade the ageing breakwater at the channel entrance.
In June, Western Australian based company Ertech was awarded a $4.4 Million contract to rebuild the structure using existing and additional rock (approximately 20,000 tonnes) above and below the waterline where required, increasing the height of the breakwater by up to 2 metres in some areas.
Project is more than 50 % complete and on schedule to be finished this year.
Over recent years, the facility has undergone a $2.5 Million, 5 stage infrastructure upgrade, focused on the southern part of the facility and including resealing works, the construction of a Department of Transport harbour office and implementation of CCTV.
This was followed by the relocation of overhead power to underground and improvements making vehicle and truck movements safer.