Friends of the Esperance Tanker Jetty to persevere

Photo: Sam Gibbs.
Photo: Sam Gibbs.

The Friends of the Esperance Tanker Jetty have insisted they will continue their efforts to save the 84-year-old structure, despite a cryptic Facebook post about the group’s future.

On Sunday, November 4, the Save the Esperance Tanker Jetty group posted a list of 10 reasons why the incorporated group should abandon their goal of saving the heritage listed timber jetty and asked for public feedback.

The points suggested much of the community had been “worn out” by the issue and lost the will to fight and also reflected on the challenges the group face moving forward.

At the time of publication, the post had seen an outpouring of support from members of the community encouraging the group not to give up and to continue fighting.

“I am hoping that the Friends of the Esperance Tanker Jetty are not giving up,” one respondent said.

“This town has a colourful history of putting up a good fight to the end.”

Speaking to The Esperance Express, Friends of the Esperance Tanker Jetty spokesperson Richard Grant assured the community the group were not considering abandoning their efforts and said he was feeling very optimistic.

“We were very pleased with and grateful for the feedback and support we have received,” he said.

“I want to make it very clear that we are not considering doing anything like that [abandoning their effort to save the Tanker Jetty].

“In fact, I’m feeling very optimistic and confident about things.

“We have been speaking with a number of politicians and their staff and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback.

“We also had a lot of interest at our stand at the [Esperance and Districts] Agricultural Show.”

The advocacy group’s chair David Eltringham echoed Mr Grant’s sentiments and said the show had uncovered the younger generation’s special interest in the future of the Tanker Jetty.

“Although stark in contrast are the two options, the concept steel and concrete design by Esperance Shire Council and that of a timber reconstruction proposed by Friends, the young fraternity showed concern that the concept design would not meet the existing length or width of the Jetty and loss of fabric,” he said.