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Have your say on ongoing Conservation Order for Tanker Jetty

Nov 17, 2016

The Heritage Council is seeking public comment on whether an ongoing Conservation Order should be placed 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 the State’s cultural heritage through its entry in the State Register of Heritage Places.

Last week, the Shire of Esperance voted to demolish the 81-year-old Jetty without having an acceptable fully-funded plan that responded to the cultural heritage significance of the structure.

This decision prompted Heritage Minister Albert Jacob to issue a 42-day stop work order to allow the Shire of Esperance time to develop a feasible and funded solution that conserves the heritage significance of the Jetty and provides a facility that will meet the community’s needs into the future.

State Heritage Office Executive Director Graeme Gammie said the stop work order was only a temporary mechanism under the Heritage Act to stop imminent action that would destroy or damage a place on the State Register.

“The Heritage Council is now considering whether to recommend to the Heritage Minister that an ongoing Conservation Order be placed on the Jetty,” Mr Gammie said.

“An ongoing order would allow the Shire of Esperance the time that is needed to develop the design for a jetty that demonstrates that retention of part or some of the original fabric has been considered in consultation with the Heritage Council, and to work with relevant funding bodies to secure funding for the project.

“A Conservation Order does not empower the Minister to compel the Shire to restore the Jetty.

“The Heritage Council would like to hear the community’s views on whether an ongoing Conservation Order should be placed on the Esperance Tanker Jetty.”

The public can participate in a short online survey or write to the State Heritage Office at PO Box 7479 Cloisters Square PO WA 6850.

The public comment period closes on 30 November 2016.

 

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