This edition marks two years since this project began and we started listening to and documenting what the people of Onslow have to say about the ways the Macedon and Wheatstone Gas Hub Projects are changing their town.
We come every six months to record the sentiments and write a first draft of the evolving history of the town, that we publish as a magazine in hardcopy and available online.
This project is supported by the Shire of Ashburton that funds our visits to Onslow, while respecting the independence of our journalism. We receive no funding from Chevron or BHP Billiton.
Despite our neutral position, we get little co-operation from Chevron which refuses to give us access to any Chevron staff or sites and went as far as blocking us from attending a CRG meeting held on February 12, 2014, at the Onslow Sports Club. In the words of community liaison officer Jeremy Coulson “You can’t come in. It’s for community members only. We ran it past our manager in Perth and he was not keen on you coming in.”
We were told by community members after the meeting that several contentious issues were raised but they are clearly issues that Chevron would rather keep a lid on.
It’s incidents like this that convince us that the task of telling the real story of Onslow is an important one and we are grateful to the many locals who take time to talk to us and tell us their stories and concerns.
If you would like digital copies of the magazine go to www.trackingonslow.net and for hardcopies visit the shire or contact me (my details are on the next page). We’d also love to hear from you, if you have a story to tell, or concerns you’d like to put on the record.
We look forward to seeing you when we’re back in Onslow in July 2014.