Current Project Information
- Esperance Waste Management Facility - New Landfill Site Project
The Wylie Bay Waste Management Facility has been in operation since 1988. It includes a Community Drop-off Point, Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Class II landfill. The current landfill site is approaching the end of its operational lifespan and has a licence expiration date of 2019. A new landfill site needs to be secured and constructed prior to the imminent closure of the Wylie Bay site.
The Shire has commissioned Talis Consultants Pty Ltd to undertake the site selection study with the objective of selecting a suitable site for a modern Waste Management Facility. Information on the process undertaken and the results from the studies are available for your review.
Potential New Waste Facility Location
The Shire is currently testing a potential site in the Merivale area and liaising with local landowners to work towards a suitable outcome for all stakeholders involved. During discussions questions were raised with respect to different aspects that can impact on a landfill site and the surrounding environment. To alleviate some of the concerns and answer the questions being raised, Information sheets have been developed:
There is a stringent approval process for a any new waste facility site. The Department of Environmental Regulation have a Decision Making Document which outlines the process that will be required by the Shire of Esperance. The flowchart on page 6 is a Decision Making Overview that highlights the procedures to be followed, the Departments involved and where community comment is sought.
- Esperance Greater Sports Ground Redevelopment
The Greater Sports Ground Redevelopment is a long term plan for the Greater Sports Ground. It will allow for continued growth and accommodation of the multi-sports activities that utilise the facilities and open spaces and the co-location of a number of significant sporting groups. The changing needs of a diverse community will inform and determine future development of this central sporting area.
Within the Greater Sports Ground the redevelopment of the Esperance Indoor Sports Stadium has been identified as a priority project. This will provide a highly anticipated upgrade to the current facility with staged works to include two new outdoor courts, a new premium indoor court, upgrade of the existing indoor asphalt court plus additional clubroom, community and storage amenities.
Concept plans for the redevelopment were completed in 2015 and detailed construction drawings are currently being finalised. These will allow accurate cost schedules to be developed - an essential inclusion for any grant application. Concept designs are now available for the new Indoor Sports Stadium plan.
The next step toward construction is securing sufficient funding for each stage and the Shire is actively pursuing every federal, state and regional opportunity available.
- Esperance Tanker Jetty Replacement
In February 2016 Council made the difficult decision to authorise the demolition of the iconic Esperance Tanker Jetty. The Jetty was closed to the public in December 2015 after the Shire was provided with a structural assessment identifying several vital structural components that had either failed, or were about to fail, in at least four different locations along the length of the Jetty. Coastal Engineers recommended the immediate closure of the Jetty due to its unsafe condition.
Information about the Jetty and the processes that have been undertaken prior to its closure can be found in the following fact sheets:
In February 2016 a Tanker Jetty Replacement Survey was conducted to obtain community input on what a replacement jetty should look like. The survey allowed diverse community opinions to be collected and analysed to assist in future concept designs and guide decisions that need to made for the benefit of the whole community. The concept designs are currently being developed and will be presented to the community. Further consultation will occur in the latter half of 2016.
The Tender for the demolition of the Tanker Jetty was opened in June 2016 with demolition yet to commence.
Two replacement jetty concept designs were showcased at the Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show on 14-15 October 2016. A third design (restoration option) was developed by the Jetty Group.
The engineering reports commmissioned by the Jetty Group Inc. and the Shire have been independently peer reviewed and the report is available here.
The Jetty Group Inc presented a petition to Council at a Special Council Meeting on 8 November 2016.
Condition Assessment Reports
Heritage Council Submissions
In January 2015 the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) received a report researching the infrastructure requirements of a potential cruise ship berth in Esperance including at the Tanker Jetty. This report included representation from Tourism Esperance, Southern Ports Authority (Esperance Port), Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tourism WA and Shire of Esperance. The GEDC commissioned specialist coastal and port engineers M P Rogers and Associates Pty Ltd (MRA) to undertake a review of the current infrastructure available within Esperance for the berthing of Cruise Ships and also to provide some concepts that may optimise Cruise Ship visits to the region. The GEDC have approved this report be available for community members to see the full impact and potential costs of cruise ship infrastructure. Please note all costing information is on concept designs only.
There has been much newspaper coverage of the Tanker Jetty through the years. You can find just some from the past 5 years here.
Concerns from the Community were addressed by Shire President, Victoria Brown in a Message From the President and on YouTube.