Council will seek further advice from the Heritage Council after rejecting the latest quote for the Tanker Jetty

The Shire of Esperance has rejected a quote for the feasibility report regarding the Esperance Tanker Jetty, deeming the quote ‘excessive’.

In a statement released by the shire, shire president Victoria Brown said the quotes received would not provide any ‘additional value’ considering previous reports on providing a recreational jetty for the community.

“Rather than prolong the situation, council would like to further develop the design for a replacement Jetty with a Heritage Architect as per the Heritage Council’s advice,” she said.

Shire chief executive officer Matthew Scott said given the resolution, further conversation with the Heritage Council would be had in order to move the project forward.

A spokesperson for the shire said, due to local government legislation, the nature of the quote would not be disclosed.

In the resolution reached behind closed doors at the Special Council meeting on Tuesday, council determined that a reconstruction of the jetty to 512 metres was not a “prudent and feasible” option given the reports already gathered and would advise the Heritage Council for feedback.

According to the council, quotes will be sought from three Heritage Architects, recommended by the Heritage Council, to design a replacement Jetty that would deliver the ‘best heritage outcomes’ while also meeting the needs of the community.

Friends of the Esperance Tanker Jetty chairperson Tony Bright said, given the body of research compiled by the group which firmly supports the jetty’s restoration, he hoped council would reconsider demolition.

“Our position hasn’t changed and we stand ready to help the council, should it go down that path,” he said.

“At the present time, from what I can see, particularly with this latest development, it does not look as though that is the case.

“We believe we have a genuine case that needs due consideration and we don’t seem to be getting it from the council.”

Mr Bright said the group had been genuine in their approach and hoped they would be given due consideration before ‘rushing down the path’ of demolition.

“If you restore or renew a jetty, you don’t demolish and you can automatically save around 95 per cent of the funds you allocated for demolition and put that towards restoration,” he said.

“That’s a fairly logical deduction to make and the sort of money we’re talking about to restore the jetty is substantially less than the estimates Council have come up with.

“The council have our estimates in detail and I presume they’ve been considering them... behind closed doors.”