22a["Nor'-West Necessities", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 24 November 1912, First Section page 3]



The Demand for a Jetty

An Onslow correspondent writes:--

It has been reported by a passenger arriving here from the city that it is understood there that the members of this town and district are divided in their opinion as to the jetty site at Beadon Point. I wish to flatly contradict this, as I can safely say that with the exception of one person in this town all are in favor of the site at Beadon Point or any other part of the coast that the department's engineer may decide on. A jetty for this port is becoming absolutely necessary, as the district is growing and more country is being taken up, which would be improved if better facilities were forthcoming.

The Beadon Point site is, as far as can be learnt, a very suitable one. A short jetty of not more than 1600 feet could be built, and most of it being on a reef would mean shorter piling. There is abundant stone ballast to be got near the point for a tramline, which could be built at a reasonable figure, as there is very little levelling to be done. There are only two narrow creeks to cross, which could be bridged at a small cost. In addition, good water can be got, which is a most important item where a stock jetty is concerned.

It would be folly to lengthen the present jetty, as there would be a mile and a quarter of structure in the water at a great risk and a great upkeep, but with only four miles of tramline to maintain.

Take the other site: there is only a quarter of a mile of structure in the water with 12 miles of tramline, which would cost at least one-fifth less than the other site to maintain. The people of this district are asking for a jetty, they care not where, as long as it is a suitable place, to enable them to ship their stock. A jetty built at Beadon Point probably would not suit the townspeople as much as the lengthening of the present jetty, but they can see that this town will never make any headway until a jetty is built and the district opened up. Therefore they are anxious to see a jetty wherever the engineer decides on.

Owing to the heavy drought for the last two years, the pastoralists have been unable to get their stock away, and this has caused great loss, which in most cases could have been avoided if stock could have been shipped at this port. The pastoralists would have been able to lessen their numbers and replace them when a suitable season commenced, but now they have to suffer the losses, and this being the position it will take some time to get the district back to its old form.

Again, the pastoralists cannot stock their country as heavily as they might do, as there is no get out for their stock, while a certain amount of country has to be kept in reserve for bad times. I am sure all who are interested in the welfare of the country they live in will give our member every assistance in the endeavor to supply the very urgent and necessary wants of this town and district.

22b["Shifting Onslow", The Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA), Saturday 21 December 1912, page 3]




Our Onslow correspondant writes:--

The s.s. Una arrived here on the 8th inst., and sailed again on the 11th. Mr. E. Tindale, engineer-in-chief of the North-West, made necessary inspections of the various Governmemt buildings.

On Tuesday morning, Mr. Tindale, in company with a member of the Road Board, proceeded to the Ten-Mile Pool, and was greatly surprised to find such a fine pool of water, and the water excellent, considering the pool is at its worst, owing to the now two years's drought. We took a sample of the water for analytic purposes. He also was shown the new crossing, at which place the Board is anticipating putting a 2ft. 6in. dam, for the purpose of preventing the salt water from flooding into the Bend Pool. This he thinks could be done at no great expense.

In the afternoon, Mr. Tindale, with a party of townspeople, proceeded to Beadon Point for the purpose of making an inspection and to get an insight into the possibility of erecting a jetty at the point and of making a tram connection to this town. He was greatly impressed with the spot, and has informed us that a survey party will be sent up about the middle of March to proceed with the necessary survey work.

Soundings were taken by the Una during the day, and it was found tha there is sufficient water at less than a quarter of a mile from the shore. This being so, a jetty could be built at no great cost.

The water for drinking and stock purposes was sampled and found to be of the best. Mr. Tindale has not given us much hope of getting a tramline from the point to the town, as the country is too rough and it would cost a large sum of money. A road has been found through the marsh to the main road, and if a jetty is built at the point, it will mean that the teams and traffic will go that way, which will consequently be the shifting of the town of Onslow.