Dr Kayt Davies, Assistant Editor Jon Hopper
Onslow, the town and community you live in, is in for a lot of changes over the next few years. Gas projects will bring new faces, while many old faces are leaving, and new money will buy new things. Will this mean that Onslow loses some of it’s ramshackle, rustic charm? Will it attract hordes of new tourists who’ll crowd out the old crew?
Maybe, maybe not — either way we want to know what you think.
This project is a collaboration between the journalism program at Edith Cowan University and the Shire of Ashburton and it’s all about tracking your views and opinions over time as the changes roll out.
We’ll be visiting Onslow every six months over the next few years and sitting down with as many of you as we can, to listen to what you have to say about what’s happening in your town. Your voices are important because you make up the community, and this is your history in the making.
Our first visit was in July 2012. Journalism students Claire Ottaviano, Aine Ryan and Jasmine Amis came to Onslow with me and we interviewed, recorded and photographed as much of the town as we could. This magazine is the first document produced by the Tracking Onslow Project. We’ll do another in six month’s time. In the meantime we are working on a website that will include more photos and videos, that will also grow over time—providing a record of the community evolving.
It’s not only for Onslow to be able to look back on—but also so the rest of Australia can see the impacts of major resource projects on the communities that accommodate them.
We look forward to seeing you when we come back in February 2013.