Community members are actively encouraged to phone, email or message ideas, suggestions and concerns they have on services in our community.
Esperance Youth Precinct
We need your help to guide the future development of the Esperance Youth Precinct! Come along to the pre-design workshops and let us know your thoughts. This project will enhance the area surrounding the popular skate park along the foreshore creating a youth hub.
Workshop 1: Thursday 28 November 4.00PM - 6.00PM
Workshop 2: Thursday 28 Novembe 6.30PM - 8.30PM
Where: Esperance Scouts Hall
or come and see the team at the edge of the bay festival on Saturday 30th November 10am.
An online survey will be available soon for anyone interested in this development.
Survey - Public Health Plan
The Shire of Esperance is commencing consultation aimed at identifying challenges and strategies to providing healthier lifestyle opportunities and environments for our residents. The objective of a Public Health Plan is to maximise community health and wellbeing, and we need your input for this happen.
The survey will gather local information that will make sure the Plan supports and encourages a healthy community, assists people to live healthier lifestyles, be physically active and feel more socially engaged. The Plan needs to be supported by everyone in the community where individuals, groups and support agencies can work together to influence the health and wellbeing of our whole community.
The survey will take approximately six minutes and is available online through the Shire’s social media and web pages alternatively hard copies can be completed with these being available at the Shire Administration Building, Library, Home Care and Bay of Isles Leisure Centre.
The survey closes on the 29 November 2019.
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
|Public comment Focus groups Surveys
|Citizen Advisory committees Consensus-building Participatory decision-making||Citizen juries Ballots Delegated decisions|
|Role of community||Listen||Contribute||Participate||Partner||Decide|