18["The North-West", Daily News (Perth, WA), Thursday 15 February 1912, page 6]




A large and influential deputation from Onslow and the Ashburton district waited on the Minister for Public Works this morning for the purpose of placing several matters before him which they desired carried out. The deputation was introduced by Mr. J. Gardiner, M.L.A., who said that the first matter they wished to draw the Minister's attention to was the necessity for a jetty at Onslow, so that deep-sea boats could load and unload

cargo. Cargo at present had to be handled by lighters, and this presented numerous difficulties to the district, as well as involving a considerable amount of expense. The town was the centre of a great agricultural and pastoral district, and the jetty was an absolute necessity. The next matter was in connection with the water supply. He explained the difficulties and trials of the residents, and asked the Minister to have a bore put down with the object of finding an artesian flow. Other matters touched upon were a water supply for the Dead Finish field and the provision of up-to-date rolling stock for the tramway at Onslow. The Minister, in reply, said he had talked over all these matters with Mr. Gardiner and he had decided to put down another bore at Onslow. As far as the jetty was concerned, there were a number of difficulties to be overcome. Some of the engineers were of opinion that a suitable site could not be obtained and the scheme would cost 70,000. They could not spend a sum of anything like that amount. He had been astounded at the neglect that the North-West had experienced in the past, and was at present arranging to make a personal tour of inspection of the whole district. He was taking the Penguin, and would leave early in April and make a thorough investigation into the requirements of the whole of the Nor'-West. They had his sympathies in all their requests, and he would endeavor to see what could be done to meet at least some of their difficulties. With regard to the water supply at the Dead Finish, he would pass that matter over to the Mines Department and inform them, through Mr. Gardiner, as to what could be done.