A stunning presidential chain featuring the Shire of Esperance crest has been donated by the shire president, Victoria Brown, for ceremonial purposes.
Esperance Shire Council resolved to accept the generous donation at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday night.
Two councillors opposed accepting the chain as a donation and proposed that council purchase the chain as it would be a financial asset to the shire.
The original officers recommendation to accept the chain as a donation was voted for 5 to 2.
Cr Brown said it was something she wanted to do for the community.
She said the idea came about after a conversation with the HMAS Farncomb Commanding Officer, commander Ian Bray.
“We have the HMAS Farcomb coming in for Freedom of Entry to Esperance, and Commander Bray said ‘you’ll be able to wear your regalia and your presidential chain and your robes’, and I was thinking we don’t have any,” Cr Brown said.
“So we all sat and had a chat about it and then I thought actually that’s a really nice thing to do.”
Cr Brown said all 16 shire presidents would have their name and time in office inscribed on the chain.
“We will have all the shire presidents in the future who wish to wear it, or they may not, for specific occasions that are listed in the policy,” Cr Brown said.
“So I can’t go and shop at Woolworths in it.”
She said the chain was designed by George H. Lilley Regalia who had done a wonderful job depicting the shire crest.
“It’s simply understated, it’s just lovely,” she said.