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Onslow Transforming Project

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

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If you see people in town with cameras and microphones next week (July 1-6) they could be four Edith Cowan University Communications students here to start a three year project all about recording the transformation of Onslow.

Onslow Transforming is a media project aiming to document the social and physical changes happening in Onslow between 2012 and 2015 – as the gas hub now under construction brings in new buildings, new businesses and thousands of new people.

The project is a collaboration between ECU and the Shire of Ashburton and it will include still photographs, video, audio and written descriptions that will be edited and published online.

The Project Leader Dr Kayt Davies said: “This is a great opportunity for the students to see the real Australia and to meet the people living here.

“It will be good to record the process Onslow is going through. We hope that the project will help the people in Onslow see how the changes affecting different people in different ways and enable to community to pull together.”

As well as being published online, the material will also be used as the basis of academic articles delving into the mechanisms and outcomes of social upheaval, in a bid to better understand the costs and benefits of resources-driven sudden major changes, like the one Onslow is facing.

Dr Davies said: “We hope this information will be valuable to political decision makers.”

The material will also be archived for the historic record and possible use in future studies.

If you would like your voice and views to be part of the Onslow Transforming Project please email Dr Kayt Davies.

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