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The Club & Community Development Officer is a part of the Community Development & Events Team. Their role is funded by the Shire of Esperance, the Esperance District Recreation Association (EDRA) and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

This role supports club development, building relationships with state bodies, information sharing and training provision within Esperance. This also includes the administration of the KidSport program, EDRA support programs (Sports Star of the Year, Regional Talent Development Program). The Club & Community Development Officer is also a contact for funding opportunities including the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries CSRFF (see below) program within the Shire of Esperance.

Community Sporting & Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) Grant Funding

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries administers the CSRFF scheme to assist community groups and Local Government Authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation. The maximum grant approved will be no greater than one third of the total estimated project cost with the balance of funds required to be sourced by the applicant. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Club Development Officer prior to making an application for a CSRFF grant. Applicants must seek Local Government approval before the application can be progressed. The Local Government reviews the applications and provides recommendations to the Department of Sport and Recreation. This process must be taken into consideration prior to submission of a CSRFF application. 

It should be noted that the CSRFF evaluation process is independently undertaken by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their project application meets both the Shire of Esperance and CSRFF guidelines where appropriate, and that their organisation fully understands all related grant conditions.

Visit the Sport and Recreation website here.


You can now apply for KidSport Online.

KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 4-18 years to participate in community sport and recreation by offering them financial assistance towards club fees. The fees go directly from the local government to the registered KidSport clubs participating in the project.

View the step by step guide for KidSports registration here.

have some questions? View the FAQs here.

Esperance District Recreation Association

The Esperance District Recreation Association (EDRA) is an affiliation based peak body for sporting and recreation clubs in Esperance. EDRA’s Committee includes representatives from a number of sporting clubs and meets four times a year.

There are currently over 100 sporting clubs in Esperance. To find your sport, click here for the Community Database.

 EDRA Membership Benefits

Clubs & Associations that affiliate to EDRA are eligible to nominate individual athletes, teams and volunteers for the Sports Star of the Year Awards, the Junior Travel Trust Fund, the Esperance Talent Development Program and meeting space at the Noel White.

Meeting Rooms at the Noel White can be booked through the BOILC by emailing the booking form to  All clubs affiliated to EDRA receive 2 hours of meeting time for free each financial year.

If you would like more information on how EDRA can assist your club or association please contact the Club & Community Development Officer Jill Reynolds on 9071 0609 or email

EDRA Meetings

The EDRA AGM was last held in 9 December 2020 where the below Committee Members were appointed.

  • President: Erica Austen
  • Treasurer: David Rigney
  • Secretary: Jill Reynolds (Shire Club & Community Development Officer)
  • General Members: Natasha Woodhouse, Shane Tobin, Carmel Creed, Fiona McDonald, Geoff Poole, Steve Loones, Danny Forsyth, Justine McDonald

2023 Meeting Dates

EDRA meet four times throughout the year on a Wednesday at 5pm at Noel White Centre Meeting Room. The Committee may be required to meet on alternative dates to support Club issues as requested. This year’s set dates are below:

  • 15 February 
  • 17 May
  • 20 September
  • 15 November (AGM)

Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year Awards

The Annual Horizon Power Sports Star Awards recognise excellence across all sports in Esperance in five categories:

  • Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year Award
  • Veteran Sports Star of the Year Award
  • Southern Ports Junior Sports Star of the Year Award
  • IGO Volunteer Service to Sport Award
  • DLGSCI Sports Team of the Year Award


Sport Star 2023 will be held on Sunday, 5 November 2023.  The Judging period will be based on achievements from the 30 September 2022 to the 29 September 2023.

The 2023 nominations period closes on 13 October 2023 and the nomination package can be downloaded here or is available from the Club & Community Development Officer.

Funding Opportunities

EDRA are responsible for administering two funding programs, the Esperance Talent Development Program and the Junior Travel Trust Fund. More details are below.  

Junior Travel Trust Fund 

The Junior Travel Trust Fund was established to offset the costs associated with attending training sessions and competitions for individuals who have been selected for State Country, State or National teams in their chosen sport. The fund is open to eligible athletes, who are aged 18 years or under, to subsidise the cost of flights, petrol and accommodation.

The Guidelines and Application form can be downloaded here. The application needs to be made in conjunction with your Club/Association. Please feel welcome to contact the Club Development Officer for further assistance. 

Esperance Talent Development Program

The Esperance Talent Development Program’s goal is to enhance the regional talent development in the Esperance region by supporting regional athletes, coaches and umpires to access specialist skills relevant to their chosen sport.

ETDP forms part of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) Regional Athlete Support Program, an initiative which has established a state-wide network aimed at supporting the development of regional-based talented athletes, coaches and officials along their chosen sport’s high performance pathway from within their home environment.

The Program is coordinated by Geoff Poole, who can be contacted on the below details: 


Mobile: 0488714059

For additional information, contacts and to keep up to date with what's happening in the sporting world:

Club Community Development Officer   Community Development & Events Manager

 Jill Reynolds                                                   Shane Tobin
 Shire of Esperance                                        Shire of Esperance
 PO Box 507 Esperance  WA 6450                 PO Box 507 Esperance WA 6450
 P: (08) 9071 0609                                          P: (08) 9083 1706
 M: 0407 930 042                                            M: 0418 557 397
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