The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project will bring many benefits to the local community for generations. To keep the Onslow community up-to-date about the project and answer any questions or concerns from people living in the area, we have established an office in the town. Located at 16 Second Avenue, the office is staffed by members of our community engagement team, who are on hand to speak with anyone interested in the project, current activities and opportunities.
Partnering with the Community at Onslow, Western Australia.
First Tenants move into Chevron Onslow Houses
The first five Chevron families have moved into their new homes in Onslow’s Barrarda Estate. Fifty modular homes have been built to accommodate Wheatstone’s permanent residential workforce.
Produced in Wangara, Western Australia - more than 100 local workers constructed the houses from the concrete slab up. Each house was then separated into four modules before being loaded onto trucks to embark on a two-day journey to Onslow.
Upon arrival, the modules were jacked onto concrete footings at their assigned lots, where exterior and interior finishing, landscaping and utility connections continue to take place by more than 60 local workers.
From left to right, Adam and Natalie Stevens, Darian and Sophia Ang, Adrian Tiong and Cheryl Chin, Erin and Craig Glancy and their families have recently moved into the new Chevron houses.
One of the first tenants, Chevron’s Community Engagement Supervisor Erin Glancy said she’s looking forward to the new Chevron residents becoming active members of the Onslow community.
“Chevron’s transition to operations will see a lot of new families move into town and the school has welcomed additional enrolments next year,” Erin said.
These houses are a key part of Chevron’s commitment to the Onslow community, alongside the Wheatstone Project’s contribution to social and critical infrastructure in the town.
Watch the first Wheatstone house take shape in Onslow
Leaving a Legacy
As a result of the Wheatstone Project and other developments located at the Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area (ANSIA), Onslow’s population is expected to increase significantly. Contributing to new and upgraded infrastructure will enhance the future sustainability of the town. Together with the Western Australian State Government, the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project is making significant investments in and around Onslow, for the benefit of generations. We want to ensure Onslow remains a vibrant and sustainable regional community.
With our Wheatstone Project joint venture participants, we have committed more than $250 million to social and critical infrastructure projects in Onslow that will upgrade health, education and recreation services and facilities, as well as road, power and water infrastructure. Key projects include a new hospital, a swimming pool, a shire administration complex, an all-weather access road into town, an airport terminal and runway, government workers housing, and upgrades to power and water infrastructure.
The Department of State Development is coordinating and managing the implementation of the projects which will largely be delivered between 2014 and 2017. For more information on Onslow infrastructure projects, see Major Developments for Onslow.
Engaging with the Community
The Onslow Community Reference Group (CRG) is a forum for community members to hear about the Wheatstone Project and Chevron’s activities, and to raise issues important to the Onslow community, local businesses and organisations.
CRG members meet every two months and represent a cross-section of all parts of the Onslow community, including local businesses and organisations, Onslow School, local police, and the Shire of Ashburton. For more information on CRG meetings in Onslow, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops, Information Sessions and Tours
Chevron holds workshops and information sessions on various subjects of community interest, including:
We also run bus tours of the construction site to see the Wheatstone Project firsthand. Bookings can be made through the Onslow Visitors Centre
Chevron encourages community members interested in the Wheatstone Project to take a bus tour through the site.
Investing in Onslow
The Wheatstone Project will deliver long-term benefits for the local Onslow community. Our social investment program is based on community need and contributes to activities, events and initiatives that support the local community’s vision for the town of Onslow.
Our commitment to investing in communities where we operate is all part of our company philosophy which is focused on partnerships that contribute to local needs and are designed to deliver sustainable outcomes.
Programs supported by the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project in Onslow include:
Partnering with Traditional Owners
Located on Thalanyji country, the Wheatstone Project has progressed in close consultation with the Thalanyji people; the traditional owners and native title holders of the Onslow area. We have supported a number of programs designed to build skills and help local Aboriginal people prosper for decades. Already, a number of Thalanyji-owned businesses have secured work on the Project - providing security and cleaning services, cultural heritage training, and general construction services.
Since 2012, Chevron and the Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation have engaged more than 50 Thalanyji cultural heritage monitors to identify and manage Aboriginal cultural heritage sites, guided by a Thalanyji-endorsed Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan.