Esperance Shire decision on fence contribution delayed

The Esperance Shire Council’s decision on contributing to the State Barrier Fence Esperance extension has been postponed for the second time.

A special meeting to decide on making a more than $1.4 million contribution to the project was held on Tuesday, August 7 and was closed after less than 10 minutes.

Shire president Victoria Brown and Shire deputy president Natalie Bowman declared a financial and proximity interest and left the room.

Councillor Basil Parker also declared a financial interest and excused himself.

Councillor Steve McMullen was on leave and councillor Shelley Payne was an apology.

This left four councillors, one less than required to elect a chair and to hold a quorum.

The decision had already been postponed at the General Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 24 because there was an insufficient number of councillors present, resulting in the August 7 meeting.

The state government have pledged $6.9 million to the extension, with the Ravensthorpe Shire having committed $280,000. 

Councillors will decide on another date for another special meeting.