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Update from Esperance Power Station on the Future of Energy in Esperance

You may have noticed this article in the Esperance Express about Esperance's energy future. 

In summary, there is support for an increase in renewable generation within the Esperance region and it is believed that there is an opportunity to immediately increase the amount of both wind and solar generation, while maintaining reliability of supply through the Esperance Power Station natural gas power plant.

The funding and expertise is available to immediately develop new renewable generation in the region as it transitions to a low emissions future. By investing now, more renewable, affordable and reliable energy can be delivered to the community. This would create more local jobs and give certainty to Esperance Power Station customers and the community.

Please see the link below for a background note on the future of energy for Esperance. Please feel welcome to share and / or tag - Thank You


NBN Co release Wholesale Business Bundles

Executing on a commitment announced in December 2018, NBN Co launched new wholesale discount bundles over the fixed line nbn™ access network, on the 2nd April. 

These are designed to help improve customer experience and better meet the demands of Australian businesses. Under nbn™ - built for business, these bundles combine access to high speeds, committed bandwidth and premium service levels in a discounted charge in a move designed to deliver significant savings for retail providers.

The wholesale discount bundles will include:

• Wholesale speeds of 50/20Mbps* optimised for smaller businesses;
• Wholesale speeds of 100/40Mbps* with support for multiple phone lines for medium-sized businesses;
• Wholesale symmetrical committed speeds of 20/20Mbps and a 100/40Mbps peak information rate**; and
• Wholesale symmetrical committed speeds of 50/50Mbps and a 250/100Mbps peak information rate for data-intensive and multi-site organisations**.

More information
1. Media Statement here
2. Business Bundles Infographic (below)
3. Visit December 2018 announcement (link below)
4. Visit nbn™ for your business (link below)


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Current Tenders - Esperance and the Goldfields Region

· TenderLink Ref : ESPER-855161
· Type of Notice : Request for Quotation
· Region : Goldfields (Western Australia)
· Contract Value : Not Specified

The Shire of Esperance invites submissions from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to consider the parameters and options to make Pink Lake Esperance, pink again. Closing date 2.00pm AWST, Friday 26 April 2019. A copy of the documentation must be obtained by registering your details via the Shire's e-Procurement portal (see document download option here). Respondent's documentation must be submitted electronically via the Shire's e-Procurement portal no later than the closing date.  Responses submitted by facsimile, email post or hand delivery will not be accepted for evaluation.


· TenderLink Ref : ESPER-854281
· Type of Notice : Request for Tender
· Region : Goldfields (Western Australia)
· Contract Value : Not Specified

The Shire of Esperance invites submission from suppliers for the Supply, Installation and Repair of Tyres within the Shire. Closing date 2.00pm AWST, Wednesday 24 April 2019. A copy of the documentation must be obtained by registering your details via the Shire's e-Procurement portal at Tender documentation must be submitted electronically via the Shire's e-Procurement portal no later than the closing date. Responses submitted by facsimile, email post or hand delivery will not be accepted for evaluation.

Over the Horizon 

The 11th Annual Esperance ‘Over the Horizon’ Business and Industry Forum was held on Friday 5 April 2019.

A stellar line up of Ministerial Representatives, Presenters and Guest Speakers provided updates on infrastructure, agriculture and economic developments and plans for Esperance and the Goldfields Region.  Forum attendees also provided positive feedback about the networking opportunities and connections that this event provided them with.  The ECCI would like to thank everyone involved in helping to organise and host this event.



CBH Grass Roots Fund Open                                                                            

So What is the Grass Roots Fund? The CBH Grass Roots Fund provides financial assistance to grain growing communities for projects which contribute to the health and vitality of their community.

Types of projects funded:
1. Community-related events (Maximum funding limit: $5,000)
2. Small scale infrastructure projects (Maximum funding limit: $20,000)
Funding applications are being accepted between 1 to 31 March 2019. We hold two application rounds every year, the next round will be 1 to 31 August 2019.
How can you apply? The application form is hosted on Facebook: 
It also includes eligibility criteria and information on the application process. All applicants will be notified of the status of application approximately 6 weeks after the closing date of 31 March. 
Visit or email for more inforamtion. 

Update from Horizon Power - February 2019

Horizon Power have provided updates for the Esperance Power Project including Key Messages and Questions and Answers which you can access here.  A Fact Sheet has also been provided, which you can access here.

Horizon Power have also created an external website page for the Esperance Power Project, which you can access at

The following link is for a recent article in the New York Times and is about a contract that Horizon Power have signed with a United States company to provide digital intelligence and technology to control the integration of solar panels and batteries installed by Horizon Power customers through the overhead power network. This is exciting and innovative work which is designed to enable Horizon Power to increase solar hosting capacity into the future in all of the townsites where they provide power.  It is the gateway to an integrated power supply future.  Trials will be run in Onslow, Carnarvon and Esperance.

Update from the Esperance Community Power Project - February 2019

The Esperance Community Power Project (ECPP), is a Not-for-Profit Community Cooperative. Local Citizens, who became aware of a new “Power Purchase Agreement” (PPA) for Esperance, developed the Cooperative, to use the abundance renewable Energy in Esperance.  Esperance is an island power grid, which is not connected to the main WA or National Grid and has some of the best wind performance of any region in Australia. Hence in 1983 the first Commercial Windfarm was built and operated at Salmon Beach. Due to a new PPA, ECPP have the opportunity to modernise and manage a new grid in 2022, by replacing the old power generation with latest world class clean renewable power and low load backup.

Who is behind this?

In 2016 local farmers Karl and Debbie Raszyk Established South Coast Renewables (SCR), a company to provide a platform representing the community in addressing the districts power issues. SCR, along with a steering committee recruited local members of the community from all areas of life, e.g. farming, electrical, consulting, power generation, accommodation. Most of the old steering committee now form the newly established ECPP who recently submitted an Expression of Interest to Horizon Power for the districts power generation in 2022.

What is the idea behind it and how does it work?

The idea is to lead Esperance into a 100% renewable future, with clean cheap power generation. As a Cooperative, the ECCP works with the Community for the Community, owning the power generation and all profits made will go back into the community. The idea is that local investors get preference to invest and raise the capital for the upgrade, however there is also International Green Investment Interest, which will purchase any shortfall in shares unsold. The current old Power House and old wind turbines will be replaced by world class latest technology and most efficient state of the art equipment.  A completely new Gas fired Powerhouse, will be build but hardly used, as the majority of the power generation is produced by a handful new wind turbines and roof top solar.

The installation is staged, as the first year or 2 are used to collect data to understand the grids requirements. After the grids performance and load is fully understood, the installation of more solar and storage will be completed to achieve a 100% renewable system. The powerhouse will be still there and on “Stand By” to provide instant backup if required. This will eliminate any "Black Outs”. Energy price reduction for the community can be achieved in 3 ways:

  1. Investing into the ECPP and receiving a high return on investment.
  2. Allowing ECPP to install roof top solar on homes west, government buildings, large shed roofs for rental addresses and small businesses. Those rooftops and addresses would receive a discount on their power bill.
  3. After analysis of the grid more investment into cooperative owned Roof Top Solar and battery storage in strategic areas.

ALL profits are planned to stay within the Esperance Community

How can you help ECPP?

ECPP are aiming to educate the public about the project and collect signatures of support to present to parliament. Only if ECPP can demonstrate that the Community is not only ready, but wants to change to renewables, do they have a chance for this to go ahead. ECPP are asking community members to please sign their petition and show your support for a cleaner and better future for Esperance.  With your signature, the ECPP can show the decision makers in Perth that they are not only ready, but want to take control of our electricity future and use our abundant renewable energy.

Petitions are currently located at:

  • Dome Cafe
  • Taylor St Quarters
  • Down Town Cafe
  • Break Away Cafe
  • Annie's Health Shop
  • Recherche Medical Centre
  • Gibson Soak Hotel
  • Farm and General
  • Castletown Chemist 
  • Lucky Roe Take Away 

If you would like more information about the ECPP, please call 0488 962 575

Esperance Business Essentials

The ECCI will be releasing a new communication tool ‘Esperance Business Essentials’ with our First Edition being distributed on Tuesday 5 February. 
Business Essentials will include:
  • Feature Articles
  • Upcoming Events
  • Attended Events
  • Cruise Ship Dates
  • Business Essentials / Business Local Events and Updates
  • ECCI in Focus – ECCI Activities and Advocacy
  • #EsperanceBiz – Social Media Features
  • Customer Service Awards – Nominations and Winners
  • ECCI Member Showcases
We hope that Business Essentials will provide our Members with useful information and helpful links as well as being a great tool for showcasing our locally based businesses.  Please use the #EsperanceBiz in your social media posts on Facebook and Instagram when promoting your business for a chance to be featured in the #EsperanceBiz section.
Please keep an eye out in your inboxes for our First Edition of Business Essentials and we would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for what you would like to see included in future editions.

Esperance Women's Leadership Network

The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry are calling for Expressions of Interest from Women in Business who would like to host an Esperance Women’s Leadership Network Event in 2019.
The Esperance Women’s Leadership Network (EWLN) aims to develop and nurture the leadership skills of women in our community with a view to increase the number of women in workplaces and businesses. The EWLN also aims to connect women in business with each other and key stakeholders who can assist in overcoming barriers for women in the workplace.
Please see the Expression of Interest Flyer for more information.

11th Annual Esperance ‘Over the Horizon’ Business and Industry Forum 2019

In 2018 the 10th Over the Horizon Conference was very well received, with attendees listening to presenters cover a wide range of topics on what is ‘Over the Horizon’ for Esperance’s economy. This year the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) will be hosting Over the Horizon on Friday 5th April 2019. 
Over the Horizon is the only event of its calibre held within the Esperance region and we look forward to delivering another high quality, informative and relevant event in 2019. The ECCI is very pleased to announce that the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, the Hon Darren West MLC, and the Hon Simone McGurk MLA will be attending and speaking at this event.
Please Save the Date in your Calendars and Diaries and stay tuned for more updates.


Expression of Interest -  1 Day Defensive Driver Course

Business Local is requesting EOI for the following Defensive Driver Training to be provided in Esperance by Performance Driving Australia (PDA)


Support your Local Chamber of Commerce

Supporting your local Chamber of Commerce is supporting locally and regionally based businesses. The Esperance Chamber of Commerce is here to advocate for economic investment and industry development in our community and region - for the benefit of business growth and prosperity.

Please think about partnering with us as a Member or Sponsor and show your support for business in Esperance and the South East Coastal Region.




Social Media Marketing

We all know how effective Social Media Marketing can be, but there are some Do's and Don'ts we can follow to help us maximise our social media reach. We've included some tips below for you as well as some info about the best times to post.

If you are new to Social Media Marketing for your business, or if you would like to learn more about social media apps - why not think about coming along to our Business Local workshops. For a list of our Business Local Workshops please click here.



WA Business Confidence Hits 7 Year High

Business confidence has surged in 2018 to mid-boom levels as optimism rises about Western Australia’s economic outlook. CCI Chief Economist Rick Newnham said 75 per cent of WA businesses are expecting the economy to improve or stay the same in the short term – the highest it has been in seven years. Click here for full article. 

Business Local Blog

Fair Work Amendment
Are you keeping the required records? Click here to listen to the blog.

The First Step towards creating more jobs for Western Australians

The ECCI and Esperance Business Local attended the WA Industry Link – Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) Local Content Roadshow Breakfast this morning where we heard from WA Industry Link and GEDC about the WA Jobs Initiative.  Please see the information and link included here for you about the WA Jobs Initiative to provide more jobs for Western Australians.
WA Industry Link is a WA Jobs initiative to provide local businesses, in particular small and medium sized enterprises, with more opportunity to compete for State Government Contracts.
WA Industry Link is the first step towards ensuring the $27 billion spent annually on State Government procurement supports local businesses and creates more jobs for Western Australians.
WA Industry Link comprises the development and implementation of the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy, the Industry Link Advisory Service, regionally based Local Content Advisers and a web portal.
To find out more visit the Industry Link website and please feel welcome to share this information with your contacts and networks.

WA SuperNet Survey

You may have seen in the news recently that WA SuperNet (supported by Innovation Central Midlands Inc, CBH and Arc infrastructure) are embarking on a plan to deliver enterprise grade broadband to regional areas of Western Australia. To understand the feasibility of their solution, they are asking for help from regional business owners / operators by completing a 10-15 minute survey. This could be a great step forward in connectivity for regional areas, so please take the time to complete it if you can. All survey responses will remain confidential and will not be specifically linked to you. Click this link to start survey. 

If you would like to read about WA SuperNet in the news please click this link to the article in the West Australian.