On the 14 and 15 December the SuperTowns Project Team hosted the first Community Open Days as part of the SuperTown initiative. The aim behind the Open Days was to get some early ideas out to the community for discussion and feedback and to 'spark' conversation about potential projects the town would like to see progressed.
The Open Days were a great opportunity for the project and consultant teams to chat to members of the community, inform them about the SuperTowns project and listen to their ideas and concerns about the growth of the town.
The information on display during the Open Days was the first draft of preliminary ideas for growth and projects for Esperance. The ideas put forward are to essentially 'spark' discussion and get you talking about the issues that matter in town. Some of these include:
How do we make the town centre a more vibrant place to live, work and visit?
Where is the best location for new retail, such as a supermarket, in town?
What future growth options are available for the town?
Should we create an 'urban boundary' around the townsite?
If you were not able to attend the Open Days or if you would like to spend
some time reading through the display boards again, you can click here to
view the preliminary plans. Just a reminder, that the ideas and plans
presented here are draft ideas for discussion, we would like your feedback
- good, bad or ugly! If you would like to comment on the preliminary
ideas presented you can email: email@example.com
Alternatively if you would like to speak to a member of the project team about the preliminary proposals you can contact:
Trevor Ayres / Greg Golinski Shire of Esperance 9071 0666
Rose Riley Goldfileds-Esperance Development Commission 9083 2222
What are the next steps?
Over the holiday period the project and consultant team will be collating the community feedback gained from the workshops and Open Days held in November and December and developing key priorities for projects in Esperance. The team will also be finalising a Growth Plan document. The Growth Plan is an overarching strategy providing the baseline economic, social and environmental context for Esperance and setting the vision and strategies for growth of the town. The Growth Plan will be used to develop project priorities and support Royalties for Regions funding applications for proposed projects.
During January, preliminary business cases for key projects will be developed by the project team and there will be further public consultation in January and February to discuss proposed projects with the community - dates will be advertised on the Council Connections page in the Esperance Express and on local radio stations in the new year.
We encourage the community to get in touch about what they would like to see happen in the town and surrounding region at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the project team officers listed above. For further information about the Project Team members, the Community Reference Group and the Consultants who are working towards ensuring Esperance grows sustainably whilst maintaining our community spirit and ethos go to http://www.esperance.wa.gov.au/2/211/1/supertowns_information.pm.