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Esperance Tanker Jetty

Conservation Order Image of Esperance Tanker Jetty before the foreshore redevelopment

Heritage Minister Albert Jacob has issued an-going Conservation Order on the Esperance Tanker Jetty.

The Tanker Jetty is one of only three remaining long timber jetties in Western Australia and is recognised for its important part in this State’s cultural heritage through its entry in the State Register of Heritage Places.

The Conservation Order will remain in place until the Heritage Minister is satisfied that a fully-funded and detailed design for a jetty has been developed that is supported by the Heritage Council and that meets the needs and expectations of the local and wider Western Australian community.

The ongoing Conservation Order replaces a 42-day stop work order issued in November that prohibited the Shire of Esperance from demolishing the Jetty.

The Conservation Order prohibits demolition, or partial demolition, of the Jetty but will still allow routine maintenance or the installation of fences, barricades, floating booms or similar measures to ensure public safety. It does not empower the Minister to compel the Shire to restore the Jetty.

Mr Jacob said: “While the Conservation order prohibits demolition, I recognise that restoration or reconstruction of the Jetty to its original form and scale is unlikely and appreciate there is an urgent need to address the future of the Jetty due to its condition.

“However, without a detailed design for a jetty that retains and integrates part of the original fabric, demolition is premature. This runs the risk of the community being left without any certainty of a jetty in any form and the total loss of a heritage structure of State importance” Mr Jacob said.

“Once I am satisfied that there is certainty and a clear pathway forward, I will consider lifting the Conservation Order to allow works to commence.”

Read more of the Minister’s media release.

In making his decision to issue a Conservation Order, the Heritage Minister took advice from the Heritage Council of Western Australia, which resolved that under Section 59 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act, special protection was necessary and desirable.

As part of its public consultation process, the Heritage Council received 679 submissions, with 77 per cent supporting the issuing of a Conservation Order.

The breakdown of the submissions are as below:

 Method of
 Number of
 Do Not Support
Online survey  494  345 (70%)  149 (30%)
 Letter  37  33 (89%)  4 (11%)
 Petition  148  148  N/A
Total  679  526 (77%)  153 (23%)


The Heritage Council would like to thank those who made a public submission.

The Shire of Esperance has established the Jetty Replacement Working Group, which will explore funding programs in more detail and assist the Shire in developing appropriate designs for the replacement jetty and a funding proposal. The working group includes members from the community, Shire Council, Tourism Esperance, Southern Ports Authority and the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission.

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