Community asked to submit tales of the Esperance Tanker Jetty

The Esperance Tanker Jetty in 1959. Photo: Supplied.
The Esperance Tanker Jetty in 1959. Photo: Supplied.

With demolition of the Esperance Tanker Jetty expected to start in a matter of days to weeks, the Shire of Esperance has launched 'Tanker Chronicles - Tales of the Esperance Tanker Jetty'.

The project will gather and record community memories and engagement with the iconic structure over more than eight decades.

These tales will then be documented into a historical collection.

The shire is seeking stories to pay tribute to the pride people have in the jetty.

Submissions can include, but are not limited to, written stories, poems, artworks, historical drawings, hard copy and digital photos and videos.

A 'Tanker Chronicles' Community Liaison will be held in consultation with the public from November 28 through to the end of March 2020.

The shire can assist with documenting or recording information if people need help.

To submit your story, complete an online submission form which can be found on the Tanker Chronicles website at https://tankerchronicles.com/, email tankerchronicles@gmail.com or call 0427 710 691.

Shire president Ian Mickel said he was really looking forward to seeing what the project unveiled.

"I hope everyone gets on board and shares a memory or two," Cr Mickel said.

"It's these very stories and images which will be used in the interpretive panels and nodes of the new jetty.

"So in contributing to this project, you'll also be helping to contribute to the future memories locals and visitors will have of the jetty, and I reckon that's pretty great."

Works on the jetty first began in 1933 and it was completed in 1935. However, it has been closed to the public since 2015.