Community members are actively encouraged to phone, email or message ideas, suggestions and concerns they have on services in our community.
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 Council Plan 2022-20322 highlights this commitment with Outcome 16.1:
Provide authentic, relevant and effective engagement with community members
The Shire engages in two main ways:
SURVEYS: Community surveys are regularly undertaken at the Shire of Esperance to gather data that will assist Council when making decisions on behalf of the community. Surveys can be specific to a project, service or facility or can be based on all Shire services. Community members are encouraged to participate in surveys when the opportunity arises. This makes sure data collected is representative of community sentiment and provides a sound base for the development and determination of decisions that need to be made in the future.
COMMUNITY CONSULTATION: Community members are actively encouraged to phone, email or message ideas, suggestions and concerns they have on proposed projects, services or future planning in our community. Community engagement includes informing, consulting with, involving, collaborating with and empowering the community as advocated by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).
Holiday Homes Review
The Shire of Esperance recently consulted with Stakeholders and the wider Community on regulations around short stay, or holiday houses, within the Esperance region.
Council Plan 2022-2032
The Plan merges and simplifies the Shire’s Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Business Plan. Esperance region community members came together in November 2021 to review the Strategic Community Plan through the FUTYR Community Workshops, with the Esperance Strategic Community Plan Review 2021 survey being widely offered at the same time. The information from the workshops and survey were considered along with results from 2021 MARKYT Community Scorecard and the Shire’s strategic documents when working on the Plan.
Consult with the community if there is a need for a specialised dog park, and where this could be located.
James Street Cultural Precinct
This Project aims to enhance the James Street experience for the community and visitors and to identify opportunities to make the precinct economically sustainable and active.
Community Scorecard 2021
The Community Perception Scorecard enables Council to keep in touch with the current wishes of local residents, determine priorities and make the best decisions possible on behalf of the community in line with our Council Plan.
Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO Survey)
Understanding the future requirements and aspirations for waste and recycling services within the Shire of Esperance.
Survey closed November 12, 2021
Esperance Urban Nodes Trail
Survey closed April 30, 2021
Murdidyinakabi - Lake Monjingup Survey
Feedback will assist the Shire in drafting the Murdidyinakabi - Lake Monjingup Management Plan.
Survey closed March 3, 2021.
Esperance Mountain Bike Trails - Online Survey
Identifying areas suitable for the possible development of mountain bike facilities.
Survey closed March 31, 2020.
Esperance Airport Master Plan Survey
Shaping the future of the Esperance Airport.
Survey closed June 26, 2020.