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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.

Draft Policies to support the Activities and Thoroughfares and Public Places and Trading Local Law 2016

Draft policies designed to support the Activities in Thoroughfares and Public Places and Trading Local Law 2016 are currently open for community input.

The purpose of these documents is to provide a consistent framework to encourage, control and regulate activities in thoroughfares and public places. Local businesses, individuals and community groups are encouraged to review the policies and provide input on whether they provide clear direction, allow for flexibility and boost confidence to try new and exciting ways to activate the Town Centre and promote opportunities. The Draft Policies are:

Consultation commenced on the 9th October and will close on the 30th October, the input received will assist in the formation of finalised policies that will then be taken to Council for endoresement. If you have any queries regarding the Draft Policies please call Paul Clifton 9071 0646 or email

Fencing Local Law

Council has resolved to review the Fencing Local Law and determine whether it needs to be updated to be more reflective of current community values and needs. The current Fencing Local Law prescribes allowed heights and materials and differentiates between the fencing used to contain residential, rural and industrial properties.

Section 3.16(1) of the Local Government Act 1995 requires that all local laws are reviewed within an eight year period after their commencement or from their last review date.

Changes to higher legislation and other local laws may have contributed to the Fencing Local Law becoming out of date. To ensure the relevance of Fencing Local Law we are seeking public submissions on the current Local Law. Submissions about the Local Law should be made in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Esperance, PO Box 507, Esperance WA 6450 or by 4.00pm, Friday 17 November 2017.

A copy of the Fencing Local Law can be downloaded here  or requested from the Shire of Esperance Administration Office, Windich Street Esperance, during office hours. 

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