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Free Wifi in Esperance

Thank you to The Shire of Esperance who has worked with the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission and the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to allow people in Esperance to access wifi for free from their own device when along the Esperance Foreshore between the Whale Tail and the Skate Park, along James and Andrew Streets between the Esplanade and Dempster Street and along Dempster Street between James and Andrew Streets. 

August Customer Service Award Winner

Congratulations to Emma Davidson, Customer Service Manager at Woolworths Esperance who has won August Customer Service of the Month Award. Emma was nominated for her dedication to customers with one customer inparticular recognising Emma's fantastic service as she helps with the specific needs of her son who suffers from allergies.  Well done Emma, well desrerved. 


If you would like to nominate someone for their great customer service please call the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry on (08) 9071 5142 or email us  

Young Acheiver Award - Nominations Now Open

Do you know an outstanding young individual who deserves to be recognised? 

The Seven News Young Achiever Awards aim to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people throughout Western Australia up to and including 29 years of age.
Great prizes are up for grabs! Category winners will each receive a $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, $500 Woolworths Gift Card and a trophy. One of the category winners will be chosen as the Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year and will receive an additional $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, $500 Woolworths Gift Card  and a state trophy.
The Awards are free to enter – and completing a nomination online is easy! If you are ready to start your nomination please click here and select the category from the dropdown nomination award menu.
Want to recognise someone but don't have the time? Click here and add their details it only takes two minutes. 

Draft Concept Design - Replacement Jetty

The Draft Concept Design for a Replacement Jetty has been released for a 21 day public commentary period. The Draft was developed by H+H Architects, following initial stakeholder consultation and a review of all existing information and consultation about the Esperance Tanker Jetty and Replacement Jetty. 

The draft concept would comprise three different jetty bent types including an historic section that references the Old Tanker Jetty design, plus a long concrete fishing jetty that terminates in a wide Jetty Head at the seaward end, with a dive platform below. The length of the proposed design will have a steel balustrade on one side, and a traditional timber balustrade on the other, with a mixture of timber and concrete decking, inlaid with a steel track that interprets the original railway line. The jetty structure will have raked piles for its length and will feature a fish-cleaning station, bench seating and visitor shelters, as well as interpretative nodes that honour the history of the old Tanker Jetty.

You can read more information in the full Draft Concept Design Report and an information sheet.

You can complete a feedback form and return it to the Shire via email, delivered to the Shire of Esperance, PO Box 507, Esperance WA 6450 or in person to the Shire of Esperance Administration building, Windich Street. A survey will be available shortly. Submissions due by 4pm, Friday 21 September 2018. 

To access more information and / or to provide feedback please visit

Esperance Cruise Ship Season 2018 - 2019 Preliminary Calendar

The preliminary Esperance Cruise Ship Calendar for 2018-2019 has been released and is available here for you.  The season will be from Dec 2018 to Mar 2019, we may see a couple more added to this list prior to or during the season. 

2018 - 2019 Shire of Esperance Budget Adopted

Council have adopted the 2018-2019 Shire of Esperance Budget at yesterday’s Ordinary Council Meeting. Rate parameters, fees and charges, reserve movements, proposed borrowings and waste rates for the 2018-2019 financial year were also adopted.  Click here for the full media release.

Efic Finance for Australian Tourism Businesses

Efic (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation) can provide loan finance support for Australian tourism businesses (or suppliers) seeking loan finance to enhance/expand their offerings to grow international customers.

For all queries, please contact Efic on 1800 093 724 or email or visit their website at

WA Industry Link Regional Roadshow

The ECCI and Esperance Business Local attended the WA Industry Link – Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) Local Content Roadshow Breakfast where we heard from WA Industry Link and GEDC about the WA Jobs Initiative.  Please see the information and link included below 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.

Changes for Horizon Power Customers

The State Government announced changes to electricity prices in the May 2018 - 19 State Budget.  Please see the information included below.

Single Use Plastic Bag - Workshops for Retailers

From June to December 2018, the NRA will be visiting over 100 locations throughout Western Australia to assist retailers transitioning away from banned bags.
Each workshop and info session will provide retailers with the information and resources you need to manage the plastic bag ban. Click here for more information.


Ban on Single use Plastic Bag Information

The State Government have been working with the National Retail Association (NRA) to deliver a retailer-focused education campaign, including retail precinct tours and face-to-face engagement—providing support for retailers—helping them comply with the ban and find alternatives for their customers.  Retailers can contact NRA’s Retail Hotline on 1800 817 723 or by email at . The address for the NRA’s dedicated retailer website is 

Mineral Resources deal to take over Koolyanobbing Mine

Mineral Resources has now confirmed they have secured a deal with Cleveland-Cliffs to take over the Koolyanobbing mine. Also confirmed was an agreement with Arc Infrastructure to provide rail access for Mineral Resources to use the existing track between the mine and the Port of Esperance.
Click here to read the full article.

Electrical Contractors Forum

The ECCI appreciated the opportunity to work with Horizon Power to host an Electrical Contractors Forum for Esperance Electricians where we learnt about Microgrids, Renewable Energy, System Management Options, and the importance of not using the flash when people are wearing Hi-Vis.


Single Touch Tax (Payroll)

The ECCI has had a few enquiries about the Single Touch Tax (Payroll) so we have been in touch with the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry WA (RCCIWA) and also the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) to find out more information so we could share this with our members. 
Single Touch Payroll will streamline payroll reporting for businesses – when employers pay their employees, reporting of wages and super will automatically go to the ATO. Resources are available on the ATO website. Please click here for more. 

Certificate III in Tourism at South Regional TAFE

Certificate III in Tourism is available through South Regional TAFE in Esperance. If you would like more information about the course please contact Natalie Montgomerie or click here

Ombudsman calls for small businesses in trouble with ATO to “contact us”

Further to a story on the 7.30 Report last week regarding claims against the ATO in regards to how they treat small businesses, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprises Ombudsman (ASBFEO) has released this statement.
Small business owners are advised to urgently contact the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprises Ombudsman (ASBFEO) if they have experienced heavy handed tactics by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Click here for the full media statement. 

Lunches with...

Lunches will be hosted by ECCI Business Members and will focus on topics that are relevant for you and your business and will help you identify opportunities to grow your business. Both ECCI Members and Non-Members will be invited to attend Lunches with, which will be FREE for ECCI Members and offered at $20 per person for Non-ECCI Members (this must be pre-paid).
Included here is the ECCI Expression of Interest for hosting a Lunch with. If you are interested in hosting one of these events during 2018 please complete and return the EOI as soon as possible as places fill fast.
If you have any questions about the Lunches, please contact Kylie Ryan or Tammy Hough at the ECCI and please feel welcome to share this information and the invitation.

Economic and Industry Standing Committee - Regional Airfares Inquiry

The Economics and Industry Standing Committee have tabled a Report in Parliament following their Regional Airfares Inquiry.

To access the Report please click here.

Healthier Workplace WA

Healthier Workplace WA (HWWA) offer free support and advice to regional workplaces to set up workplace health programs
Emily and Natalie from Healthier Workplace WA are keen to continue engaging more with regional businesses. Emily Davey is the manager of HWWA which is a State Government funded program that offers free services to all workplaces across Western Australia to help them support and encourage their workers to make positive lifestyle changes that benefit everyone.
Research shows that healthy workers are more productive, take less sick days, and are more engaged at work. Emily can provide resources kit, including a USB of HWWA tools and resources and can work with interested businesses to put a workplace health program together. Emily’s contact details are included here for you and you can also visit their website.
Emily Davey 
Manager Healthier Workplace WA
Heart Foundation, 334 Rokeby Road Subiaco WA 6008
Tel: (08) 9382 5943 Fax: (08) 9388 3383


Annual General Meeting

The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 12 noon on Wednesday 1 November 2017.  For copies of the minutes from the 2016 AGM, please click here
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Executive Committee, a copy of the Executive Committee Induction Pack can be found here, a copy of the Executive Nomination Form can be found here, a copy of the Ex Officio Nomination Form can be found here, and Notice of the Meeting can be found here.