Onslow heritage win

Alicia PereraPilbara News

An interpretative signage project to make a heritage-listed part of Onslow more tourist friendly has been commended in the WA Heritage Awards.

The Old Onslow Interpretative Signage project, which consists of 21 interpretive panels explaining the history of structures installed around the heritage townsite mid-last year, received a commendation in the interpretation project category.

Judges praised the upgrades as “a very well-executed project in a difficult and remote location”.

“Thoughtful consultation in the early planning stages and choice of materials that complement the landscape have resulted in an interpretation that shares Old Onslow’s complex history of struggle between nature and man; between ancient custodians, settlers and immigrants; and between exploitation and co-operation,” the judges said.

“The interpretation and conservation works have given a new lease on life to a previous ghost town, now a must-see attraction for visitors travelling to the North West.”

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The $1 million Old Onslow signage project was funded by Chevron Australia and carried out with the Pilbara Regional Council, the Shire of Ashburton and the State Government.

Broome’s Jetty to Jetty Walk Trail and the Busselton Jetty Museum also won heritage awards in the interpretation project category.

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