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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.

Ralph Bower Adventureland Park Implementation Plan 2018

Since the endorsement of the Ralph Bower Adventureland Park Management Plan in 2016 which identified 18 key areas for improvement within the park, the Adventureland Park Management Committee and Shire staff have now reviewed those 18 areas identified for improvement and from this, 10 key projects have been set. The Implementation Plan provides further details on each of the 10 projects and includes specific details on each item, its proposed locations within the park and cost estimates.

This is a joint project between the Adventureland Park Management Committee and the Shire of Esperance.

The Ralph Bower Adventureland Park Implementation Plan is available HERE.

Proposed Fencing Local Law 2018

In September 2017, a review of the Fencing Local Law 2002 was undertaken, as required under the Local Government Act s3.12. This review process was completed in January 2018 at the Ordinary Council Meeting. During the public consultation period, no public submissions were received.The review found that the current Fencing Local Law was lacking and needed to undergo significant changes to ensure it was compliant with higher legislation. 

The Fencing Local Law 2018 has been drafted to be simpler and consistent with higher legislation including, the newly endorsed Local Planning Scheme 24 and the Building Act 2011 and Regulations. The creation of the Fencing Local Law 2018 will repeal its predecessor, the Fencing Local Law 2002 (amended 2011).

The purpose of the Fencing Local Law 2018 is to outline what is considered a sufficient fence, what materials are appropriate and prohibited, and the penalties for non-compliance with the Local Law.

The effect of the Fencing Local Law 2018 is that properties located within the Local Government district meet the requirements of a sufficient fence outlined in this Local Law unless otherwise provided for in the Act, Regulations or other written law.

The draft Local Law can be downloaded here. Public submissions are welcome and should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and posted to PO Box 507, Esperance WA. The submission period closes at 4pm, on 25 May 2018. 

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