Current Project Information
Esperance Waste Management Facility - New Landfill Site
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.
Council determined in a Special Council Meeting held on 19 February 2018 that an independent review of all current available hydrological investigations and associated reports, including the Phase 2 Hydrology report from Talis be undertaken. Consultants Pennington Scott were requested to conduct this review. Their findings are below. Additionally Talis Consultants have read this report and provided a response, this is also available below.
The Shire is currently collating information for assessment from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The approval process requires intensive investigative testing and research with a pump test being one of the requirements. A pump test is a method used to determine the grounds ability to store and transmit water. It consists of pumping groundwater from a bore (usually at a constant rate) and measuring the drawdown in nearby monitoring bores during and after pumping. From these results the speed of groundwater movement can be measured. More information on a pump test is available here.
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.
A detailed design is currently being prepared by a local company, Wells Building Designers & Consultants.
Esperance Tanker Jetty
In February 2016 Council made the difficult decision to authorise the deconstruction of the 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:
Tanker Jetty Replacement Survey, Concept Designs & Restoration
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. A summary of the Survey results can be found here.
Following the survey two concepts were developed and showcased at the Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show on 14-15 October 2016. Information about the Replacement Jetty Concept Designs can be viewed here and a Concept Design Information Sheet, which summarises the concepts can be downloaded here.
A third concept (restoration option) was developed by the Jetty Group Inc. was received by the Shire on 31 October 2016 and presented to Council on 8 November 2016 along with a Peer Review prepared by GHD and analysing the information provided in the Bonacci Infrastructure's Jetty Remediation Report and the BMT JFA Esperance Jetties Condition Assessments: Condition Assessment and Maintenance Strategy Report. The Agenda, Attachments and Minutes for the meeting can be viewed here.
Save Our Jetty Petition
The Jetty Group Inc. delivered the Save Our Jetty Petition to the Shire on the 31 October 2016. The document was presented to Council at a Special Council Meeting on 8 November 2016. It did not meet the legislative requirements of a Petition; however Council acknowledged the local and regional interest in the Esperance Tanker Jetty. The Save Our Jetty Petition can be downloaded below in two parts.
Condition Assessment Reports
Throughout the past six years, a variety of reports have been prepared assessing the Tanker Jetty's structural condition. They have been provided below in chronological order.
Heritage Council Submissions
The Shire has always maintained an excellent working relationship with the Heritage Council of Western Australia (HCWA) and the State Heritage Office. The Esperance Tanker Jetty was placed on the State Heritage Register in August 2008; its Register Entry is available on the State Heritage Website.
After the decision to deconstruct the Tanker Jetty was made in February 2016, the HCWA was advised with the following submission and subsequently requested the Shire update the Heritage Interpretation Plan for Tanker Jetty to include the demolition of the structure and opportunity to provide for Interpretation of the structural footprint of Tanker Jetty as an archaeological site and inclusion of interpretation of the former town jetties into the proposed new jetty.
During August 2016, the Minister for Heritage received a request to consider placing a Conservation Order on the Jetty and gave the Shire an opportunity to provide a written submission on the matter. The Shire opposed the proposed Conservation Order and provided this submission as a response.
Cruise Ship Infrastructure
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.
Media Coverage 2011-2015
There has been much newspaper coverage of the Tanker Jetty through the years. You can find just some from the past 5 years here.
New Esperance Jetty
At an Ordinary Council Meeting held on 27 March 2018 a tender for the Detailed Design Development for the New Esperance Jetty was awarded to H+H Architects.
The Jetty Detailed Design Process highlights the milestone steps included within the project. The step coloured red is where we are now; this flowchart will be updated as we move through the process.
Stakeholder Consultation (Completed)
The first stage of the Design Process is Stakeholder Consultation which includes Council, the Jetty Replacement Working Group, State Heritage Services and the Heritage Council of WA.
The Tanker Jetty is a State Registered heritage asset and the design of the New Jetty will need to acknowledge its past significance. Director of H+H Architects, Julie de Jong, has answered some frequently asked questions about the design of the new Jetty, and how heritage values can be acknowledged.
Review Previous Information (Completed)
H+H Architects review the existing information about the Esperance Tanker Jetty and the replacement jetty so far. This includes the Tanker Jetty's history, survey and workshop results and structural reports.
Develop Draft Concept (Current Stage)
Following completion of stages one and two, H+H Architects are now entering into the drawing room to develop a draft concept. Once the draft concept is completed it will be reviewed by the Jetty Replacement Working Group and the Council before being advertised for 21 days, giving the public an opportunity to comment. The draft concept will acknowledge how our social and heritage values will be captured in the design while providing an indication of what the jetty will look and feel like.