Ashburton North SIA

An established gas processing precinct available for further investment.

The Ashburton North Project in the Pilbara region is designed for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and domestic gas processing as well as related downstream processing industries. Further information on the Pilbara region can be obtained from the Pilbara Development Commission.



Ashburton North SIA

The Ashburton North Project comprises a Port area (Ashburton North Port) and associated 8,000ha Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) which has the potential to accommodate up to two LNG processing facilities, at least two domestic gas processing facilities and multiple downstream processing industries. The Ashburton North SIA also includes sites for worker accommodation and general industry.

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) is the lead agency for the Ashburton North SIA and DevelopmentWA is the estate manager.

Current proponents located in the Ashburton North SIA are:

Once constructed, the port will be administered by the Pilbara Port Authority.  DevelopmentWA will administer the SIA, general industrial areas and service corridors. 

The process for land allocation in the SIA is set out in the Proponent Land Allocation Flowchart

Proponents interested in locating in the Ashburton North SIA should submit a Proponent Project Proposal Template to JTSI and DevelopmentWA.

Interested proponents can contact DevelopmentWA for more information.

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DevelopmentWA also has a range of residential lots on the market at its Barrarda Estate in Onslow and the town, located 1,100km north of Perth and 300km southwest of Karratha, has also undergone a revitalisation, with increased short stay accommodation options and improved public amenities. Further major infrastructure works underway are outlined on the Shire of Ashburton website.

The Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released an Onslow Business Investment Guide that provides an overview of the town's current, pending and plausible industry and business activities, as well as associated opportunities, services and infrastructure available to support business development in the area.


1. Location         

The Ashburton North SIA is located approximately 11km southwest of the town of Onslow in Western Australia.

Onslow is located 1,100km north of Perth and 300km west of Karratha.

There are daily passenger flights from Perth Airport to the new Onslow Airport (approximately 2 hours flight time).  There are also daily passenger flights from Perth to Karratha Airport.  Onslow is 3 hours drive from Karratha. 

2. Land Tenure    

The majority of the Ashburton North SIA is Crown land. When the land is required by proponents, the land will be transferred to DevelopmentWA in freehold ownership and leased to proponents.

The Port area is vested with the Pilbara Port Authority.

3. Planning         

The Ashburton North SIA is located within the boundaries of the Shire of Ashburton, which administers the Shire of Ashburton Town Planning Scheme No. 7.

The Ashburton North SIA itself is administered by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage pursuant to the Ashburton North Improvement Plan.

The Scheme Report summarises previous planning over the Ashburton North SIA and documents a list of further Technical Reports available from the Western Australian Planning Commission at request.

4. Sustainability          

The Economic and Market Analysis provides a vision and strategy for the Ashburton North SIA to become a sustainable industrial estate by identifying industries with a competitive advantage to locate within the Ashburton North SIA and how such industries may form synergistic clusters.

5. Environment     

The Environmental Assessment Report identifies the key environmental characteristics of the Ashburton North SIA and defines the potential environmental impacts and proposed mitigation measures required for future developments.

6. Services           

The Engineering Gap Analysis Report provides a summary of the current engineering features of the Ashburton North SIA and likely engineering requirements for proponents to consider in the future.

DevelopmentWA can also provide proponents with detailed LIDAR countour mappaing of the Ashburton SIA on request.

7. Native Title             

Parts of the Ashburton North SIA are still subject to native title.  The determined native title holders for the area are the Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation.

8. Aboriginal Heritage

All ground disturbing activities within the Ashburton North SIA likely to disturb an aboriginal heritage site are subject to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA).  Information in relation to registered aboriginal heritage sites and aboriginal heritage matters in general can be found at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage - Aboriginal Heritage.

9. European Heritage     

DevelopmentWA has undertaken a European Heritage Report on the Old Onslow Townsite, which is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places and is afforded protection under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 (WA).  The report identifies a number of strategies to manage the impacts of development on the Old Onslow Townsite.