No, not in my town
While Esperance is struggling at the minute, more than it has at any time in my memory of this beautiful town, I can’t help but think about the opportunities missed over the years that would have brought employment, jobs and prosperity to everyone living here.
The one that comes foremost in my mind is the tuna farming proposal.
Remember the bumper stickers? ‘Tuna farms = sharks’.
Anyone that still believes that needs to travel to Port Lincoln to realise what a croc that slogan was.
The opportunity missed is one we should all regret as money, jobs and businesses created would have bought another dimension, not only as a fishing venture but also with tourism opportunities to boot.
Another I can think of is the canal development proposal on the western side of bandy creek.
For the life of me I can’t understand why this was strongly opposed locally on “what if” environmental grounds, but wouldn’t it have been fantastic to see canals, homes, both residential and holiday, retail and hospitality businesses etc develop with it – as has happened in nearly every other canal infrastructure I have seen.
But, alas, another case of “No, not in my town”.
More recently, I can think of the nickel processing proposal at shark lake, which may well have had issues but there was negative sentiment towards it even before the ink had dried on an invite to hear what the proposal entailed.
Another case of “No, not in my backyard. We want Esperance to stay as it is”.
And then we get to the ongoing saga of the Tanker Jetty. What an absolute balls up this has been and not all of the blame lays at the hands of the Shire Council in my opinion.
First, there was the outcry to save it because the jetty needs to ‘remain the same’. Now I’m not sure about everyone else but that jetty was built a bloody long time ago from perishable materials in a highly corrosive environment for a purpose that it is no longer required.
As it stands at the minute, it has become a safety issue as the amount of rotten timber that falls into the sea at some stage shortly will likely kill someone using the adjacent designated ski area, driving a boat or JetSki etc.
It quite simply must come down before that current eyesore becomes a death trap.
So, if the naysayers around town have their way we would have a wooden structure put up in the same location, be the same length and have the same issues for our children and grandchildren to deal with – that’s if they are still here because there are no job opportunities as Esperance is still the same beautiful little backwater, a place where housing is really cheap.
State government, Esperance Shire, Federal government or local businesses? Fat chance I say and, personally, I’d be disappointed if they did as I think taxpayers money should be spent wisely.
We should, in my humble opinion, be looking forward and bringing about change within our community and not thinking that we want things to stay the same.
Why wouldn’t a marina off of James Street be a viable option?
At least it would have the opportunity to generate revenue from boat pens and would be able to be used more as it would be more sheltered for fishing from the summer south easterlies that we are famous for and could even be used for cruise ships maybe?
I am very proud of what agriculture has achieved in our region and the fact that it currently, and for the foreseeable future, will continue to provide a base for our local economy.
However, if we want our town to prosper, and for our youth to remain within our town, we must consider other options.
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