Contributing to Communities Where We Work
Chevron Australia is proud of the relationships we have built over more than 60 years of exploration and production in Western Australia. In Onslow, the town closest to the Wheatstone Project, we are working with the local community to deliver lasting benefits.
Chevron and the Wheatstone joint venture participants recognise that contributing to the local community beyond our direct operations can enhance the quality of life for people who live and work in Onslow and the Pilbara region. Together with the Western Australian State Government, we are making significant investments over many years in and around Onslow.
More than $250 million has been committed to social and critical infrastructure projects that will upgrade health, education and recreation services and facilities, as well as road, power and water infrastructure. With these improvements, Onslow will be better equipped for its forecast population growth.
Shire of Ashburton President Cr Kerry White and Chevron Australia Managing Director Nigel Hearne officially opened the new Shire Administration Complex.
New Shire Administration Complex
Onslow recently celebrated the opening of its new Shire of Ashburton Administration Complex with the facility set to improve civic service delivery for those who live and work in the town. The Wheatstone Project committed $2 million towards the project after the original facilities were lost to a fire in 2013.
The new integrated complex co-locates all Council services in one building including the Town Hall, Public Library, Customer Service and Council Chambers. It also houses the Wheatstone Information Centre, an interactive information space providing the community and visitors with insights on the Project and Chevron’s activities in Onslow.
St John Ambulance Sub-Centre Upgrade
Onslow’s emergency services are set to improve with a new ambulance sub-centre to be built, replacing the town’s aging facilities.
The Wheatstone Project has committed $2 million to the new facilities, which will be built and operated by St John Ambulance. The new facility will be modern, accessible in all weather conditions and ideally located right next door to the new Onslow hospital.
Cockram Construction was recently awarded the construction tender for Onslow’s new hospital and health care facilities.
The Wheatstone Project has committed $22 million to the WA Country Health led Onslow Hospital redevelopment, which will feature an expanded three-bed emergency department, six-bed inpatient unit, digital imaging department, purpose-built rooms for a range of specialists and services and telehealth links for rapid access to emergency specialists.
Construction will be phased, with stage one - demolition of the existing reception - due to commence soon. The Onslow Health Service is expected to be fully operational in 2018.
Onslow Power Upgrade
The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project is contributing to Australia’s first distributed energy resource micro-grid. To be built in Onslow, the micro-grid will aim to meet more than half of the town’s electricity demand using renewable supply.
Government Regional Officers’ Housing
Housing for Onslow-based State Government officers has received a boost with the completion of 10 new homes under the Government Regional Officers’ Housing program. The houses will support essential Government services, providing residence for public sector employees such as teachers, health workers and police.
Onslow Aquatic Centre
The Wheatstone Project is contributing $7 million to the Onslow Aquatic Centre development, which when complete will feature a 25 metre, six lane swimming pool with a shallow beach entry and free-form area, shade sails, kiosk, change rooms and first aid room. The new pool is expected to open in early 2017.
Onslow Ring Road
Onslow road users have welcomed the opening of the new 3.5 kilometre Onslow Ring Road, which will provides direct, all weather access from the upgraded airport to the town centre. The $14.1 million project, managed by Main Roads Western Australia was recently opened by the Minister for State Development, the Hon Bill Marmion.
The redeveloped Onslow Airport was officially opened in August 2015, and now boasts a terminal equipped with security screening, a jet-capable runway and community access to Wheatstone charter flights.
Old Onslow Conservation
Conservation works at the heritage listed Old Onslow townsite are transforming the abandoned coastal settlement, preserving an important part of the region’s history and generating new opportunities for local tourism.
This spirit of partnership with the local community will continue as we develop the Wheatstone Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project.
To provide feedback on community matters regarding the Wheatstone Project, contact us.