01 September 2022                                                                                                                                 View this email in your browser

Upcoming Meetings

Agenda Briefing - 1pm Tuesday 10 September 2022

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


September in Salmon Gums

Councillors will hit the road in September, with Salmon Gums hosting the OCM at the Salmon Gums Community Centre, 4pm Tuesday 27 September.

Our satellite towns are so important; taking Council out to them gives people who wouldn’t usually make it to a Council Meeting the opportunity to see local government processes, demonstrates the availability of our local representatives, and increases transparency.

Councillors are able to get a better understanding of the needs and aspirations of our remote populations, and are excited to chat with locals afterwards at the BBQ to be held at the same location.

Exciting news for James St Cultural Precinct Development

Award-winning firm CHRISTOU Design Group (CHRISTOU), were awarded the $300,000 contract to complete the detailed concept design for the James Street Cultural Precinct Development at the August Ordinary Council Meeting (OCM) – our beautiful community space is one step closer!

CHRISTOU were appointed based on the quality of their submission, their extensive experience and success in designing regional and metro community projects, and their highly regarded environmentally sustainable design work in coastal environments.

Shire President Ian Mickel was impressed with CHRISTOU’s work, saying “They have a great track record with projects across the state, and I think our community will also be impressed with what they bring to the table, and eventually deliver.”
The voice and wishes of the community have been strong and clear through the many previous opportunities for consultation, and consultation will continue through various stages as this project progresses.

More details on the James Street Cultural Precinct can be found on the Shire’s website here, and check out the media release here.

Be The Best Club Ever!

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!
Free Workshop – Civic Centre
6pm Monday 5 September

Has your organisation put all the policies, procedures and rules in place – but still feel there’s something missing?

Developing a defined, high-performing culture is an essential step for future success.
This interactive, fast-paced workshop will walk you through how to develop and implement a successful organisational culture.

International keynote speaker Ian Crawford has spent over 30 years working with sports and recreation organisations around the world, assisting them  develop high-performing cultures that deliver impactful outcomes to their communities.

RSVP by Friday 2 September to or call on 9071 0609.


From Your Council

Find out for yourself what’s happening in Council meetings – all are welcome at Agenda Briefings, 1pm every third Tuesday, and Ordinary Council Meetings (OCM), 4pm every fourth Tuesday of the month. These meetings are held in the Council Chambers, 77 Windich St, Esperance. Matters of note at the August 2022 OCM were:

• Council endorsed advertisement of the proposed Cat Local Law 2022, inviting feedback from the community. The Cat Act 2011 provides for local governments to make local laws prescribing all matters required or permitted to be prescribed by a local law, and the Shire believes there is community appetite for local laws that respond to cat matters. The proposed Cat Local Law 2022 refers to wandering, nuisance, prohibited areas, permits, fees and charges, objections and appeals, and offences and penalties.

• Staff presented a general update to Council on recent collaborations with RSPCA Western Australia (RSPCA), with the following opportunities identified: RSPCA will consider, where practical, undertaking regular service visits to Esperance; RSPCA regional officer expected to formally brief Shire rangers on their animal welfare remit in Esperance; RSPCA will strengthen their general support for community education and awareness programs in Esperance; Shire rangers will have the opportunity to participate in professional development opportunities with RSPCA, such as accompanying inspectors on visits; and partnership to deliver local pet Community Action Days in Esperance (more on this overleaf). After considering this report, Council requested that the Shire CEO write to local Members of Parliament advocating for more RSPCA resources in our community

• Council resolved to note the petition regarding 1080 baits put forward by concerned residents of the Monjingup Special Rural zone, and acknowledge there is a community interest in the safe and appropriate use of the baits. While Council does not support the petition, they have directed the CEO to write to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development requesting consideration of appropriate changes in the Code of Practice for 1080 that finds a balance between agricultural use and neighbouring intense land use. This matter was also laid on the table for six months, to come back before Council when state government reports and reviews have been completed.

• Council continued to support delivery of essential services to the community, renewing Telstra’s Howick communication tower site lease for another 10 years.

• Making history in Esperance, Council resolved to present the Keys to the Shire to esteemed local, Dr Walter Bryne, with a civic reception planned for the presentation.

• In an exciting move forward for development of the James Street Cultural Precinct, Council have appointed award-winning architectural firm, CHRISTOU Design Group (CHRISTOU), to complete the detailed concept design, a business case to attract project funding, and other components, more on this above.

Agendas and Minutes of Council Meetings can be found on our website here.
Nominate a Legend!

All our sports players are legends, but who will be the most Legendary this year?

Give your favourite local sporting hero ultimate bragging rights - nominate them for the Sports Star of the Year Award!

Categories are: Sports Team, Volunteer Service, Junior, Veteran, and the top dog, Overall Sports Star.

Find the nomination package on the Shire website here (scroll down a bit), or email

Proposed Cat Local Law 2022 Feedback

The proposed Cat Local Law 2022 is now open for feedback - have a look at it on our website here (scroll down a bit) and tell us what you think before 4pm, 22 October.

Submissions must be in writing, contact details on the website above.

Blue Waters Lodge EOI

The submission period for operation and revitalisation of the site currently occupied by the Blue Waters Lodge is now closed.

Council received one Expression of Interest (EOI) submission and has asked the interested party to submit a more formal and detailed plan, allowing an informed decision to be made later this year.

Many people remember the Lodge as a Youth Hostel, until the site was handed back to the state government. When Council accepted control of the site it was found the structure had been allowed to fall into a significant state of disrepair.

Council took the building over at the start of the COVID crisis to provide desperately needed emergency accommodation. Since then it has been used for short term worker accommodation, is in high demand  and consistently full.

An independent building assessor has been engaged to provide a report on the site, for thorough understanding of potential costs to redevelop the building, historical significance, and to investigate any relocation options.

The reserve that the Lodge is currently on occupies a beautiful piece of the Esperance foreshore, and has the current Purpose of Tourism Accommodation and Camping and Caravan Park. With the prospect of general tourism located on the site, the possibilities for future uses of the land promises much and will be able to be enjoyed by many.

Upcoming Training and Workshops

5 September, 6 - 7pm - Be the Best Club Ever - secure the future success of your organisation

Daily 6 to 9 September, day and evening online timeslots - Lifeline WA - R U OK? Empowering meaningful connection with people around us, and helping us support anyone struggling with life

17 September, 1 - 3pm - Cats Community Action Day. Pop your cat in a carrier and bring moggy down to the Depot for free vet health checks, flea and worm treatments, and more!

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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