Onslow’s long-awaited boating precinct has been given a boost after the Shire of Ashburton received $600,000 towards construction of a new boat ramp. The funds were announced on Friday as part of the State Government’s Recreational Boating Facilities scheme with the local government being awarded $606,798. The grant will go towards building a new boat ramp and floating finger jetty. Works on the Onslow community boating precinct took a big step forward in September when the Shire of Ashburton awarded the contract for the $9.2 million stage one works to WA-based company Ertech. The project is a joint venture between the Shire of Ashburton and Department of Transport with funding also committed from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project. It includes a new two-lane boat launching ramp constructed with a central floating jetty located 150m north of the current facility at the Beadon Creek Maritime Facility. Works also include initial dredging to create deeper waters for safe navigation to and from the ramp, earthworks to form the ramp, and construction of several rock revetment walls. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said boating was an increasingly popular recreational activity. “For several decades the Recreational Boating Facility Scheme has been hugely successful in helping to meet constantly growing demand by partnering with local governments and others to deliver improved recreational boating facilities throughout WA,” she said. “I look forward to seeing these facilities being constructed and enjoyed by the local communities.” The Shire of Ashburton committed $7.9m to the development, $900,000 was provided by the Commonwealth Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program, and the State Government contributed $400,000.