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Community members are actively encouraged to phone, email or message ideas, suggestions and concerns they have on services in our community.

The Esperance Town Centre Parking, Traffic and Pedestrian Strategy is now open for submissions

The Esperance Town Centre Parking, Traffic and Pedestrian Strategy is now open for public comment until 24 March. The Strategy provides the framework to create a well-connected and accessible town centre that attracts economic investment, social activity and cultural diversity. Submissions on the Strategy can be made in writing in an email addressed to the CEO or by completing a submission form. Hard copies can be delivered to Shire of Esperance, PO Box 507, Esperance WA 6450 by 4.00pm, Friday 24 March 2017.

Copies of this Strategy can be obtained from the Shire of Esperance Administration Office, Windich Street Esperance, between the hours of 8.30am and 4.45pm, Monday to Friday, or can alternatively be downloaded below.

Esperance Town Centre Parking, Traffic and Pedestrian Strategy

Esperance Town Centre Parking, Traffic and Pedestrian Strategy - Appendicies

Esperance Town Centre Parking, Traffic and Pedestrian Strategy - Implementation Plan

Creating Our Future - Esperance 2017-2027

Would you like to be involved in our community engagement program to develop a 10 year plan for Esperance? Our Strategic Community Plan needs to identify our vision, aspirations and priorities. It provides guidance on how to allocate resources to achieve this vision while balancing our aspirations against our capacity. Our Plan should not be limited to local government service responsibilities, desired outcomes will be the goal for all contributors to our community. Most importantly our Strategic Community Plan should provide inspiration, reflecting our values, our goals - our community.

Complete a short survey providing responses to what you feel are the challenges and opportunites we will encounter over the next ten years and what Council should focus on.

A Strategic Community Engagement Program has been set up, this group will be emailed upcoming engagment events, updated information on the process and will also be asked direct questions as more information becomes available through engagement avenues. To subscribe to the Strategic Community Engagement Program please complete the attached link.

Engaging with the community

Community engagement is a fundamental aspect of Council’s role and is an essential element in the planning and delivery of community-focused services. 

The Shire of Esperance is committed to inclusive and comprehensive engagement with its community in recognition of its obligations under the Local Government Act 1995 as they pertain to participation, consultation and engagement.

Council believes this will lead to a stronger sense of community ownership and belonging, both of which are essential to social sustainability and ensuring the broadest community feel welcome, involved and connected to each other. The Shire of Esperance Strategic Community Plan 2012-2022 highlights this commitment with Strategy 4.4:

Actively engage with the community to inform decision making.

Community engagement includes informing, consulting with, involving, collaborating with and empowering the community as advocated by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) represented in Table 1 below.

Figure 1: IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum













To provide the public with balanced and objective information to assist them in understanding the problems, alternatives and/or solutions.


To obtain public feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decision.


To work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public issues and concerns are consistently understood and considered.


To partner with the public in each aspect of the decision including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution.


To place final decision-making in the hands of the public.


Promise to the Community


We will keep you informed.


We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.


We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and issues are directly reflected in the alternatives developed and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.


We will look to you for direct advice and innovation in formulating solutions and incorporate your advise and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


We will implement what you decide.


Example Tools Fact sheets Websites
Open houses
Public comment Focus groups Surveys
Public meetings
Deliberate polling
Citizen Advisory committees Consensus-building Participatory decision-making Citizen juries Ballots Delegated decisions
Role of community Listen Contribute Participate Partner Decide