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Esperance Women's Leadership Network

Please come along to our next Esperance Women's Leadership Network Forum, hosted by Esperance Senior High School on Thursday 28 March, 2019.

Following on from the International Women’s Day campaign Esperance Senior High School will be highlighting achievements of women, discussing barriers for women in the workplace, all while hearing from three inspiring local leader’s and learn strategies for overcoming barriers in the workforce.

Business After Hours

We hope you can join us at our next Business After Hours. Co-hosted by The Peir Hotel, Worklink and Rick Wilson MP Federal Member for O'Connor on the 29th April, 2019 at The Pier Hotel from 5 - 7pm. 

Business Budget Breakfast 

On behalf of the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Esperance Business Local, you are invited to attend the Business Budget Breakfast that will be held on Monday 8 April, please see invitation below.
Thank You to Rick Wilson MP for providing us with this opportunity to hear about the Budget. The breakfast will include a summary of the new budget as well as question and answer time.
The Business Budget Breakfast will be held in Suite 21, Dutton Arcade 91 Dempster Street. Please arrive between 7:45am and 8:00am. The budget summary will commence at 8:00am. Please RSVP to the ECCI on (08) 9071 5142 or email

Feburary Customer Service Award Winner

Congratulations to the team at Aurelia's Ice Creamery and Cafe who have received February's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Customer Service Award.

The idea to establish the business was born after co-owner Katherine Aurelia O’Dea placed it on a dreamboard more than four years ago.

Aurelia's Ice Creamery and Cafe now have 12 staff, working together for the benefit of the business.“We have about five full-time staff and then we have our juniors on the weekend - and they are just exceptional," Mrs O'Dea said.
For Mrs O'Dea, the most rewarding part of her job is the customer service and the fact that she is living her dream. “For me, the most rewarding part about this is the customers, watching the children’s faces from behind the glass," she said."We’re creating magic for them, a memory." 
Well done to Aurelia's Ice Creamery and Cafe.
(Esperance Express, 14 March 2019).

Photo: Jesinta Burton (Esperance Express, 14 March 2019).                                                

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  

Business After Hours

"The Chamber of Commerce and Industry have held their first ‘Business After Hours’ event of 2019, with more than 60 business owners and representatives in attendance.

The event, held on January 31, was co-hosted by Windich House Business Tenants Twilight Yoga Studio, G2it, Arc Accounting and Financial Solutions, Bayview Chiropractic and Sports Practice and ACMOS Bioenergetic.

Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Kylie Ryan said it was fantastic to see so many business representatives in attendance and stressed the importance of the networking opportunity Jesinta Burton (Esperance Express, 1 February 2019)". To read full article please click here.



Photos: Jesinta Burton (Esperance Express, 1 February 2019).

ECCI Announce Esperance Women's Leadership Network

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.


Photo: Jesinta Burton (Esperance Express, 16 January 2019).

The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry have announced the development of a Women’s Leadership Network in a bid to increase the number of women in local workplaces.
The initiative, which aims to develop and nurture the leadership skills of local women, was given the go-ahead after the Chamber successfully secured funding from the Department of Communities.
Chamber chief executive officer Kylie Ryan said the network aimed to play a role in reducing the gap between male and female participation and success in employment.
To read the full article please click here

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.Please click here for the Expression of Interest Flyer.

ECCI 2019 Executive Commitee

ECCI would like to welcome Bluemar Managing director Dr Shaun Meares, the new president of the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with vice president and Compass Conveyancing director Meredith Schilling. Photo: Jesinta Burton (Esperance Express, 13 December 2018).


Regional Express (Rex) Airline Survey

The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) are conducting a survey on Air Travel experiences from Esperance to Perth and Return. 

As a thank you for responding to this survey, participants will go in the draw to win a free Return Flight with Regional Express (Rex) Airlines. Please click here to complete the survey and email your response to                 

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. 

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. 


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.     

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. 

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 Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 6 December 2018.  For copies of the minutes from the AGM, please click here
Nominations are open for the 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 and a copy of the Ex Officio Nomination Form can be found here