Town Of Onslow To Benefit From Wheatstone Project

Town Of Onslow To Benefit From Wheatstone Project

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

More Than $250 Million For Onslow From Wheatstone Deal

Victor P Taffa

  • Deal includes new gas fired power station and desalination plant for town
  • Investment ensures Onslow enjoys quality living and services for years to come

New community and public infrastructure and services, potentially worth more than $250 Million, will ensure that Onslow remains an attractive, liveable town, with the right level of services to accommodate the State’s newest LNG processing precinct.

Premier Colin Barnett today released details of the infrastructure package which was negotiated as part of an agreement between the State Government and Chevron Australia Pty Ltd to enable the development of the Wheatstone Project.

Premier Barnett said the investment in Onslow, had been developed in consultation with the Shire of Ashburton.


“By the time Wheatstone starts exporting LNG in late 2016 Onslow’s long term population is expected to more than treble from 700 to 2,200.” Premier Barnett said.

“This growth will include Wheatstone operational staff, contractors, business owners and additional Government employees and their families, who make the town their home, as well as up to 200 fly in fly out workers.”

“The project is expected to create 6,500 jobs at peak construction.”

“In addition Chevron will also build a new gas fired power station to meet Onslow’s electricity requirements and increase the town’s water supply by building a desalination plant.” Premier Barnett said.

Fact File

  • As part of the agreement, Chevron will spend about $187 Million providing:
    more than $66 Million towards community infrastructure, including:
  • Upgrading the airport and a new ring road
  • Visitors’ centre, library, customer service centre and council chambers
  • Community swimming pool
  • Town planning and beautification
  • Heritage conservation, tourism development and a new picnic spot
  • $20 Million towards a community development fund that will also include a $10 Million Royalties for Regions contribution
  • More than $120 Million towards public infrastructure, including:
  • Upgrades to Onslow Road
  • Waste and waste water management
  • Upgraded health, school and emergency services facilities
  • Additional houses for Government employees
  • A contribution to new land development costs