Esperance Ratepayers Association pursue petition

The Esperance Ratepayers Association have vowed to move forward with a petition calling for a special public meeting on the future of the Esperance jetty.

The petition, which had more than 100 signatures, was presented by former Association president Brian Pearce during the Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 28.

The petition was not accepted as the format was deemed incorrect by the Esperance Shire Council.

Attendees at the Ratepayers’ Meeting on Tuesday, September 3, voted unanimously to move forward with the petition and resubmit.

Once tabled, it is understood that the shire will have 35 days to act on the petition and call the meeting.

Association president Kaj Nieukerke said the current public consultation process should not prevent a public meeting for the community to voice their opinions and ask questions.

“The shire have 35 days to call the meeting - which will be passed the 21-day consultation period that they have open for public feedback,” he said.

“That should not stop us from calling a public meeting so that the community can discuss what is in the design and actually voice their opinion and ask questions in person rather than on a piece of paper.

“I think it’s still important to push for this public meeting despite the fact that the public consultation process will be finished.

“I’m yet to see a stall go up at Post Office Square with a staff member explaining what they plan to do and answering questions.”

As soon as the association had the sufficient signatures, Mr Nieukerke said the petition would be tabled and a meeting requested.

Modern design: H+H Architects presented the draft concept design at the Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 28, following support from the Heritage Council. Photo: Supplied.

Modern design: H+H Architects presented the draft concept design at the Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 28, following support from the Heritage Council. Photo: Supplied.

The Friends of the Esperance Tanker Jetty have also held a meeting for members on September 5 regarding the concept design.

Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott said if the petition was in the prescribed format, Council would be obliged to hold the meeting within 35 days of receiving the petition.

The shire have confirmed that a number of public information sessions will be held at Post Office Square, the Boulevard Shopping Centre and the Museum Village Markets during the consultation period.