A sweeping $30 million plan to upgrade the Onslow foreshore to showcase the town’s rich pearling, pastoral and Indigenous heritage has been accepted by the local council. The draft master plan was accepted in principal by the Shire of Ashburton Council last month and involve the redevelopment of the foreshore from the Anzac memorial part to Beadon Creek. The draft plan is split into three sections: a northern node next to the proposed caravan park, a central node along second avenue, and the southern section at Beadon Creek. The northern node would feature an amphitheatre, parkland, and playgrounds, while the central node would have a public park, lookouts and improved beach access. The final section, the Beadon Bay node, is planned to have a coastal shelter with interpretive signage and beach access. All three would be connected by an elevated footpath. Shire of Ashburton president Kerry White said the Onslow foreshore promenade master plan would play an important role in the future of Onslow and the community. “The vision includes a co-ordinated design strategy that activates the beachfront and significantly improves the beach experience,” she said. “Offering modern public amenities to locals and visitors alike, proposed outcomes of the project include wayfinding signage; cultural, heritage and biodiversity interpretive information; car parking; beautification of surrounds landscaping; public seating; shade structure; public art; boardwalk and pedestrian pathways; improved lighting; and multipurpose areas with capacity for events.” Ms White said the plan was developed to complement projects for the townsite of Onslow and included Ocean View Caravan Park stage three, Onslow Convention Centre, Onslow community boating precinct, and Onslow Jetty redevelopment. “In addition, the Shire is requesting management orders over all unclaimed crown land through the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage that are required to complete the overall master plan and to secure the long-term strategic planning for the town of Onslow,” she said. “Once these management orders have been confirmed and community feedback considered, a priority projects plan, funding opportunities and budget can be compiled for council endorsement to commence the foreshore promenade master plan.” The plan is expected to be endorsed at a future council meeting.