On behalf of the Shire and the community I would like to express our deepest condolences to family and friends of Mr Reid. It is devastating that natural disasters can create such havoc in our lives as we again begin a recovery process as a community.
The deluge we received has damaged a large amount of our road network and our agricultural region. This will take time to repair and will affect everyone in the community in different ways. The support and patience shown in the community over the last week is further evidence of what a strong community we are, as we rally together to help those who need it. We will need to continue with this over the coming weeks as Main Roads work on re-establishing our main road networks through to Perth and Albany. There may be people using the alternatives routes that have not had experience driving on gravel roads and we urge you to drive carefully, slow down and make sure you get to your destination safely.
The Local Emergency Management Committee met on Monday and there are many plans in place to ensure we have a speedy repair and recovery process. This is a diverse group who have been actively involved during the event and after. By bringing all our emergency service and government agencies together we are able to understand the extent of the damage and the different roles we all need to do to get things done.
I would like to thank our hard working DFES, local police, Main Roads, Department of Transport, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Shire of Esperance Staff and many other agencies who are continuing to go above and beyond to help those in need and repair the damage.
Shire Staff are still assessing roads with repairs being a priority. Works will be completed as soon as practical, with safety, access and usage being vital to our community. Please remember to drive safely out on the roads, slow down and enjoy the ride is more than just a saying, it’s a safety message reminding us all that getting to our destination is more important than how long it takes to get there. Our road network will hold up much better if we drive responsibly and keep an out for any potential hazards.