Bid to put the Esperance Tanker Jetty on Australian National Heritage List

The Esperance Tanker Jetty has been nominated for a place the Australian National Heritage List after a local group submitted an application for the iconic structure.

The Heritage Council will give their advice on the submission to the Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg before a final list of nominees is decided.

Friends of the Jetty spokesperson David Eltringham said the structure was nominated for it’s economic and cultural contribution to Western Australia and the country.

“The application also outlined the importance the jetty has to our tourism industry, and the importance tourism dollars are to the town’s economy,” he said.

“The strong social links... its unique and famous curve, it being the last authentic timber jetty of WA’s coastline, and its significant marine environment that included endangered species, were other important aspects of the submission.”

The Tanker Jetty was listed on the WA State Heritage Register in 2008.

This is the first time it has been nominated for the National Heritage List.

A Department of Environment and Energy spokesperson said nominations that made it on to the annual Finalised Priority Assessment List (FPAL) would be presented to the Heritage Minister.

The spokesperson said the 2017/18 FPAL was expected to be in place before July 1. 

“Once a place is on an FPAL, the Australian Heritage Council assesses it and provides its report to the Minister on whether the place would be of outstanding heritage significance to the nation, as measured against one or more of the national heritage criteria,” they said.

“The FPAL also sets an assessment completion time for the council to provide the Minister with its report.

“The Minister may extend this deadline on the request of the council, up to a maximum of five years.”

Information on the nomination can be viewed on the Australian Heritage Database (AHDB).

Mr Eltringham said he recommends locals, particularly shire councillors, read the nomination to understand the importance of the Tanker Jetty to Australia.

Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott said the shire had not been approached by the Environment and Energy regarding the jetty being nationally heritage listed.

“The history of the Esperance Tanker Jetty and its value to our community is indisputable,” he said.

“A replacement jetty will recognise this, and we encourage you to read the Tanker Jetty, Esperance Interpretation Plan, which is available on our website.

“We have worked hard to ensure a replacement will recognise the Jetty’s heritage value. ”