09 September 2022                                                                                                                                 View this email in your browser

Upcoming Meetings

Agenda Briefing - 1pm Tuesday 10 September 2022

Ordinary Council Meeting - 4pm Tuesday 27 September 2022
Salmon Gums Community Centre


Remembering Queen Elizabeth the Second

In remembrance of a life of service we will be flying the Shire flags at half-mast. Queen Elizabeth the Second exemplified devotion to service.

Her grace, stoicism and humility were a constant in the lives of generations.

A condolence book will be available at the Shire reception area from Monday. The Shire invites all in our community to come in, sign the book and express their feelings. The condolence book will be sent to the Governor General to forward to the Royal Family in due course. Condolences may also be left at

“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.” – HRH Queen Elizabeth II

Volunteer Resource Centre Funding

After changes to federal government funding for volunteer services, the Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre (VRC) worked hard to obtain five years of funding from the state government through the Department of Communities. This funding will cover provision of at least 12 hours per week to support; volunteers into volunteering opportunities, volunteer-involving-organisations to develop effective volunteer programs, and volunteering in the community. 

The VRC, now located in the Esperance Public Library, is able to retain key staff and extend availability beyond the 12 hours each week, after the Shire of Esperance also offered additional operational funds. This opens opportunities for the VRC to explore stand-alone projects not tied to the usual funding sources, and staff are interested to hear about opportunities which encourage local volunteering and community participation. More information on the VRC, and contact details, are available on the Shire website here.

Showcase Esperance Winners Announced

Congratulations to Showcase Esperance 2022 winners!

Shire Councillors deliberated carefully before selecting the following winners:
1. Lower Primary: Hudson Bertola
2. Upper Primary: Spence Pokela
3. Secondary School: Joint Winners – Riley Butler & Hayley Fletcher
4. Non Professional and Overall Winner: Dot Labuscagne
5. Digital: Josua Andahl

Well done to Dot Labuscagne, whose work will be displayed at Yagan Square in Perth, and also in the running for the WA Overall winner, to be announced early in October.

More information on this important local art award is on the Shire website here.

Fight the Bite at Netball Grand Final

There is no cure for Ross River Virus or Barmah Forest Virus, so prevention is key!
Get down to the netball grand final, all day Saturday 17 September at the Indoor Sports Stadium, and see our friendly Environmental Health staff at the Fight the Bite stall, with free insect repellant and important information on how to avoid mosquito-borne diseases.

In a nutshell, Cover Up with long, loose fitting clothes, Repel with an insect repellant containing DEET or Picardin, and Clean Up mosquito breeding sites by removing stagnant water sources.

More information on the Department of Health website here.


Welcome Morning Tea

A Welcome to Esperance morning tea, organized by Community Connections for new-to-town residents, those recently retired, or anyone wanting to get involved in new activities, was held at the Esperance Public Library recently.

Community Connections has been running as part of the Volunteer Resource Centre for over six years, after staff recognised the need to help people connect with organisations and services, as well as to connect with volunteering opportunities.

Attendees enjoyed a cuppa, and were invited to make a one on one appointment with the Community Connections Coordinator, who has a wealth of knowledge about local groups and events and can find opportunities to suit all interests.

Contact details and more information on the Volunteer Resource Centre are available on the Shire website here.

Workshop a Success

There was a fantastic turnout for the Be the Best Club Ever workshop on Monday 5 September. It was great to see so many clubs and organisations involved, and grabbing the opportunity to learn from Ian Crawford’s many years of experience. We’re all looking forward to what our amazing clubs bring to the community of Esperance.

Cat Vet Checks on Offer!

Next Saturday 17 November is Cat Community Action Day at the Shire Depot!

Bring your cat down between 1 and 3pm for free vet health checks, flea and worm treatments, discounted microchipping, and the opportunity to sign up for the RSPCA Pet Sterilisation Program.

Make sure your cat is in a carrier – we don’t want a catastrophe! Shire Rangers have come up with this fantastic initiative, to be run in partnership with Swans Vets, RSPCA WA and SAFE Rescue Esperance - and there's a similar Dog Day coming up in November!

Garage Sale Trail 

This fantastic opportunity to spring clean, make some Christmas money, and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is fast looming – keep your eyes peeled for more information!

Museum News and Volunteering

Now that spring is here the Museum is open again after the winter closure. Normal opening hours are 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Thursday to Sunday, and it’s a great time to visit and reacquaint yourself with the history of our region.

Museum staff were busy cleaning some of the display and storage areas during the winter closure, conducting a stocktake and supervising building maintenance. The stocktake is important for the Museum; as the James Street Cultural Precinct project progresses, it will be important to have a complete understanding of the Museum’s collection. There are around 6,000 items in the building, so it will take some time to get through them all!

The Museum is looking for more volunteers to help with operations – many hands make light work! We encourage anyone who is thinking about volunteering to get in touch earlier rather than later. Sometimes people think “I’ll volunteer” and expect to start the next week on the front counter, but all new volunteers need to undertake training sessions so that they are not overwhelmed, learn the ropes, and feel confident in the role.

Our main volunteer role that needs filling is Front of House, involving 3.5 hour shifts opening the museum to the public and then closing up. Contact the Museum on 9083 1580,, or drop in to discuss volunteering.

Cemetery Busy Bee

The community are invited to get involved in a Cemetery Busy Bee on Saturday, 22 October at 10am. Collection of litter, stray plastic flowers, and some maintenance are the jobs scheduled for the day, the Shire will provide gloves, rubbish bags and other working equipment, and a sausage sizzle will be courtesy of the Rotary Club of Esperance Bay.

All you need to bring is a water bottle, sun protection and your own chair – we’ll see you there!

Work With the Shire!

The Shire of Esperance is a fantastic place to work a diverse range of career options, attractive remuneration and a relaxed lifestyle in one of the most picturesque locations in Australia.  We strive to make our town a fantastic place to live and work and aim to provide our community with excellent facilities and services. If you want to make a positive contribution to your community we encourage you to apply to work with us.
Click here for Current Vacancies at the Shire of Esperance

Upcoming Shows at the Esperance Civic Centre

The Esperance Civic Centre is the premier entertainment and multi-function complex for the Shire of Esperance and is a valuable asset for the Esperance community. The Centre is host to plenty of entertainment for you and the family. 

To purchase tickets for a show please visit the Shire Administration Office, Esperance Public Library, Esperance Visitor Centre or online. 

Give a gift where your loved ones can dance along to some tunes, laugh until they cry, or be swept away in the magic of a great story. Gift Vouchers are now available and can be purchased in person at the Shire Administration Office or over the phone.

Volunteers of the Civic Centre

The Volunteers of the Esperance Civic Centre are a group of passionate supporters of the performing arts in Esperance and regularly assist with ushering, front of house management, ticket selling and bar work. Talk to us next time you are at the Civic Centre about joining the Volunteers of the Civic Centre.

Click here for upcoming shows at the Esperance Civic Centre
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The Shire of Esperance acknowledges the Kepa Kurl Wudjari people of the Nyungar nation and Ngadju people who are the Traditional Custodians of this land and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other Aboriginal Australians today.
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