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Current Consultations:

Proposed Naming of Reserve 41097 (Duke of Orleans Bay Regional Park)

The Esperance Council have the opportunity to formally name Reserve 41097, the area around the Duke of Orleans Bay, and are asking for community comment before considering the proposal again in 2022.

The name proposed, Tjaltjraak Boodja Park, comes from the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, and would recognise the areas immense cultural significance, with a rich history of story places, burial sites, ochre sources, stone arrangements and archaeological sites describing aspects of ancestral journeys and adventures.

The proposal can be read and downloaded below.

Comments can be submitted via:
Email - 
Post - Shire of Esperance
           PO Box 507
           Esperance WA 6450

Closing date: 11 February 2022.

It is hoped that just as the reserve is a location where two varieties of the blue-green mallee Tjaltjraak come together as a hybrid species, the naming can symbolise the coming together of two cultures.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Reserve?

A Reserve is an area of Crown land which has been set aside for a particular purpose under the Land Administration Act 1997.

Generally, a Reserve is an area of intrinsic community value or high conservation value which should be preserved and maintained in the public interest for the benefit of future generations.

A Reserve may have a land description and designated purpose registered on a Crown Land Title, and a graphic depiction on a plan or diagram held by Landgate.

Where is Reserve 41097 located?

The Reserve, more commonly known as Duke of Orleans Bay Regional Park, is approximately 3,341 hectares in size and is outlined in Figure 1.1.

Figure 1.1 - Map of Reserve 41097

The Reserve includes the locations of Dailey River Beach, Duke of Orleans Bay Beach, Hammer Head Beach, Wharton, and Nares Island Beach. The area also covers some parts of Menbinup Beach, Mungliginup Creek, and Wharton Beach.

What is being proposed?

ETNTAC has proposed that the Shire applies to Landgate to add the name of Tjaltjraak Boodja Park to Reserve 41097. The Reserve is a Crown Reserve under Management Order to the Shire for the purpose of Parklands Recreation and Limestone Extraction.

The proposed name is an administrative reference for the Reserve only. It does not include changing the purpose of the Reserve, or any geographic features contained within it such as the names of beaches, creeks or the Orleans Bay Caravan Park.

If the proposal is approved, interpretive signage will be installed within the Reserve to represent the name and its meaning to the Wudjari people.

What is the current name of the Reserve?

The Reserve does not currently have a name. It is known only as Reserve 41097.

The name ‘Duke of Orleans Bay Regional Park’ was previously considered, though never formally applied, within the Duke of Orleans Bay Regional Park Plan of Development and Management (Bulletin 38, March 1983).

Why is the Shire considering the proposal?

The proposed naming is a symbolic reflection of the cultural significance and the prevalence of blue-green Mallee species (known as the Tjaltjraak) growing within the Reserve.

The proposal aligns with the Shire’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan to provide cultural interpretation and promotion of Aboriginal history and culture in public spaces including those with high tourist visitation.

The proposal also recognises ongoing collaboration between the Shire and ETNTAC Rangers to provide ongoing custodianship and environmental stewardship of the area.

What other names will be considered?

No other names will be considered as part of the proposal.

Why is it important to have an Aboriginal name for the Reserve?

The proposed naming provides an opportunity to acknowledge and promote the endurance of Aboriginal history, language, culture and ancestral connections to the local landscape.

The proposal compliments other efforts the Shire has made to support Aboriginal naming initiatives in local places.

What about Aboriginal land access rights?

The application of a name to the Reserve has no current or future correlation to Native Title rights, interests, land access provisions or specific agency interests.

What about restrictions on public access to the Reserve?

There will be no access restrictions applied to the Reserve as a result of the proposal. The public can continue to access the Reserve as per current arrangements.

Are there Aboriginal Heritage Places on the Reserve?

Yes. There are a number of Registered Aboriginal Heritage Sites and Lodged Sites on the Reserve which have been registered with Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage since at least 2000.

These sites include numerous artefacts and scatter sites, quarries, a camp and a rock shelter.

How long will public consultation be open for?

The Shire invites public comment on the proposal until 25 February 2022. Council will then consider the matter at the Ordinary Council Meeting scheduled on 22 March 2022.

What happens next?

If the proposal is supported by Council, the Shire will lodge an application to Landgate to have a name applied to the Reserve. The application will be assessed for consistency with Landgate’s Policy and Standards for Geographical Naming in Western Australia.

Landgate will then act on behalf of the Minister for Lands to undertake the administrative responsibilities required for the formal approval of the submission.

How do I make a submission?

Submissions will be accepted by email to, or by mail to the Shire of Esperance, PO Box 507, Esperance WA 6450.

Who can I contact at the Shire to find out more?

For further information, please contact Mr Richard Hindley, Manager Strategic Planning and Land Projects on 08 9071 0631 or

The James Street Cultural Precinct Development Plan

Now open for feedback until the 14 January 2022. 

The Development Plan interprets the comments made through the Community Consultation done earlier this year.

The volume of input and engagement provides a high level of confidence that the resulting plan meets the hopes of the majority of the community -  a final opportunity to confirm (or otherwise) that we have correctly heard and interpreted the comments from the community currently exists.

You can view the James Street Cultural Precinct Development Plan (October 2021) below. Hard copies are available on request.

Comments can be submitted via:
Email - 
Post - Shire of Esperance
           PO Box 507
           Esperance WA 6450

Closing date: 14 January 2022.

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 2017-2027 highlights this commitment with Strategy L4:

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.


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