Onslow Community Boating Precinct

The Department of Transport (DoT) is working with the Shire of Ashburton to deliver the Onslow Community Boating Precinct.

Located at the Onslow Beadon Creek Maritime Facility, the Community Boating Precinct (CBP) will deliver modern recreational boating facilities, providing economic and community benefits to Onslow and the wider Pilbara region. 

The project is being delivered in 2 stages.

Stage 1 includes dredging of a new basin, construction of a new two-lane boat ramp with central floating jetty, sealed car park and drainage, solar lighting, minor landscaping, and public amenities.

Stage 2, if funded in the future, will include construction of fully serviced boat pens, public jetties and berthing, additional services, further landscaping, extended car parking and serviced development lots. 

  Project background

The Onslow CBP was proposed in 2014, as part of planning for the Beadon Creek (Onslow) Maritime Facility.

In 2016, DoT partnered with the Shire of Ashburton, other key government agencies and the local community to develop a concept plan and business case for the Onslow Community Boating Precinct.

DoT entered into an agreement with the Shire of Ashburton to deliver the first stage of the project.

Stage 1 of the project is funded by the:

  • Shire of Ashburton ($6.4 million),
  • Chevron Operated Wheatstone Project ($1.5 million),
  • Commonwealth Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program ($0.9 million), and
  • Western Australian Government ($4.5 million).

In September 2021, a $9.2 million construction contract was awarded to WA based company Ertech to deliver the new dual lane boat ramp with floating jetty.

Previous improvements at the Beadon Creek maritime facility include a $4.4 million upgrade to the breakwater in 2019, protecting the creek entrance and navigational channel, to ensure continued safe access for all including the offshore oil and gas industry off the Pilbara coast.

  Project status

Stage 1 of the project is nearing completion. The new boat ramp opened on 30 July 2022 and has been well received by locals and visitors. Demolition of the old boat ramp and associated structures has also been completed.

Following a brief break in construction activities Stage 1 of the CBP will be further enhanced with kerbed islands, asphalt, line marking, signage, landscaping and public amenities. These works are scheduled for completion by mid-2023.

Detailed design for Stage 2 which will include fully serviced boat pens, public jetties and further landside development is also underway, however this stage is not currently funded.

  Land use framework for Beadon Creek maritime facility

The Department of Transport has prepared a Land Use Framework (LUF) for Beadon Creek Boat Maritime Facility which can be used by decision makers to consider future development applications within the Facility.

The LUF responds to the Visions, principles and goals of both the Shire of Ashburton and the Department of Transport, providing both social and economic opportunities for Onslow, including multiple marine industrial sites and a community boating precinct, containing a boat launching facility and an area suitable for the development of a marina.

Page last updated: Fri Jan 27 2023 12:41:15 PM