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Esperance beach to get shark free pontoon

A shark-free lap pontoon is on its way to Esperance after the Shire council endorsed the $322,000 project this week.

It comes after 150 people rallied at Esperance’s West Beach before Christmas calling for the State Government to boost the capacity of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in town after the deaths of Andrew Sharpe and Gary Johnson last year. The lap pontoon will be part of the James Street beach enclosure proposal and will be aimed at encouraging safe beach swimming inside the bigger beach enclosure.

The pontoon was funded alongside five other projects as part of the council’s allocation of more than $1.6 million for its Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.

Councillors also endorsed $600,000 for a regional-level pump track, which was identified as a key project in the Esperance Youth Precinct Concept Plan, as well as $100,000 for underground CCTV infrastructure as part of CCTV upgrades to the Esperance CBD.

A $300,000 upgrade to the Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club building was also passed, with $100,000 for an upgrade to the Esperance Golf Club water supply, and $192,000 to upgrade rigging for the Esperance Civic Centre.

Shire president Ian Nickel thanked the Federal Government for the funding and said the projects would serve the community well in both the short and long term.

Acting chief executive Matt Walker said the funding would help expand existing projects as well as start new ones.

“The benefits will not only be felt now with the creation of jobs but also in the future as we develop new infrastructure in Esperance,” he said.

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