Community and Lifestyle
Sweeping ocean vistas, pristine beaches, a rugged but accessible archipelago, wetlands of international importance and a rich tapestry of flora and fauna… These natural wonders not only attract people to Esperance, they also keep them living here.
For its population of almost 15 000 people, this isolated town tucked in among these natural wonders on the south coast of Western Australia is a great place in which to live and work and despite the best efforts of the local people to keep Esperance a secret, the town is one of WA’s fastest growing, at a time when rural decline is affecting regional development elsewhere.
With farming the backbone of the economy, record tonnages of wheat, barley, lupins and canola are being shipped through the Esperance Port. Mining and aquaculture are seen as new and exciting prospects that are going to see the town grow and provide opportunities for skilled workers and their families.
These products, along with the giant grain harvests, make up part of the more that six million tonnes of cargo that is being handled annually by the Esperance Port. As the deepest port on the southern coast of Australia, Esperance is the only one capable of handling the giant Cape class iron ore carriers.
A joint venture has been established between the Esperance Shire Council and the Esperance Port Authority to develop an industrial precinct to provide land and infrastructure for new and expanding industries, such as mineral processing, grain enrichment, woodchip storage as well as providing the Port with the ability to cater for increased exports of iron ore and nickel.
But the town is not only relying on more of the old and proven. Aquaculture is a new vital industry that offers much to Esperance and its cold, pristine waters are recognised as being eminently suitable for abalone and caged-fish farming and the infrastructure is already available to support new industries.
Such is the confidence in the prospects of aquaculture for Esperance that Goldfields Institue of Technology is running courses to train young people to work in this industry.
Esperance offers more than a wealth of natural wonders and jobs for anyone to find work; it is also culturally rich with a thriving theatre guild and is often referred to as the country arts capital of Western Australia and attracts visitors from all over the States and elsewhere to its arts festival – The Festival of the Wind. Education, health and sport are well catered for and people come from afar to fish the beaches and offshore islands in the Recherche Archipelago. Housing is of a high standard and there is plenty of land available and a thriving building industry.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
Esperance has three public and two private Primary Schools offering K-7 classes, with facilities available for children with special needs, located in the town site. Several small Primary Schools are located in the outlying country area, all offering K-7.
The Esperance Senior High School caters for students to Year 12 and is located adjacent to the Goldfields Institute of Technology campus. A comprehensive Education Support Unit is located on site and the school has an associated Residential College. The Anglican School now also caters for students to Year 12.
The Goldfields Institue of Technology campus offers a range of courses in academic and vocational fields. Esperance Community College offers adult learning classes, video conferencing facilities and a comprehensive library.
Several employment agencies are based in Esperance.
A community nursing home, built with a community contribution of more than $1m ensures our elderly people are well cared for when they can no longer manage on their own. A modern senior citizens centre and Home and Community Care facility offers activities and support for the more able seniors in the region.
Esperance has a 39 bed hospital with theatre facilities and 12 doctors in general practice. The Community Health Centre provides allied health care such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, mental health services and a dietician. These fields are supplemented by a range of practitioners in private practice. Private and public dental services are available and school children can access the free school dental service. There is also a large range of support services available.
SHOPPING AND SERVICE INDUSTRIES
The business community is strong and provides a range of goods and services that will cater for almost everybody’s needs, with little reason for visitors or residents to need to purchase goods out of town. The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry represents the interests of our businesses as a strong, credible and united voice.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Community and Business Directory includes a full listing of local business contact details.
The local community is friendly and welcoming, complimenting the brilliant scenery to make a complete lifestyle. There are Churches of all denominations situated throughout the town. The numerous clubs and associations of all varieties are always welcoming new members. There are several television and radio stations.
Local Volunteer Fire Brigades, State Emergency Services (SES) and the Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue Group are focused on ensuring that the community can cope with emergencies.
FAMILIES AND CHILDREN
Esperance has a wide range of excellent Child Care facilities including after school and vacation care.
As well as many clubs and associations the town offers families and children numerous carefully tended parks, playgrounds, a skate park, mini golf, cruises and fishing charters, not forgetting the kilometres of beautiful beaches. Endless fun for your family.