Planning: Member for Eyre Dr Graham Jacobs said he was preparing questions to ask in parliament about funding for the jetty as it is a priority for the community.The Esperance Greater Sports Ground (EGSG) redevelopment has been prioritisedfor fundingover replacing the Tanker Jetty.

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Esperance Shire Council had nominated theEGSG as the priority forNations Stronger Regions Project funding.

“Initially I had the jetty as a priority project but the feedback I got from the shire was that they weren’t actually shovel ready, they didn’t have a definitive proposal that I could take to the powers that be to get funding,” Mr Wilson said.

“We asked the Esperance community for their priorities and I had assumed that the community feedback was that the jetty was a priority.”

Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown said there wasstatefunding available through the Goldfields Esperance Revitalisation Fund (GERF) and the shire hadsubmitted expressions of interest for EGSG, the waste management facility and the jetty replacement.

“We’d like to think that all three will get up, but we’d at the least like the indoor sports stadium to getits application onto the next phase,” Cr Brown said.

“If the indoor sports stadium gets state funding then that will put the jetty to the top of the list for federal funding.” Shesaid theEGSG wasprioritised asthe shirewas more advanced with the proposaland the design for the jetty was not complete.

“We always said when we’d done the designswe’d ask the community what they thought of the designs before we put the preferred design up for a business plan,” she said.

Member for Eyre Dr Graham Jacobs said EGSG redevelopment has been in the works for more than 15 years andhe believed there was still disagreement amongstakeholdersaround how the redevelopment would look.

“From the community’spoint of view I thinkthe jetty has more prominence, and there is a feeling that we’ve done so much good work on the waterfront, wouldn’t it be nice to finish off what we call stage fourby completing some form of platform,” he said.Dr Jacobs said as a state member he would need to organise a business plan to take to GERF.“If they can spend $15 million on heritage streetscape in Katanning, they can spend $15 million on our jetty,” he said.

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