As the Governor continued his regional visit to Esperance, he was hosted by Tourism Esperance for lunch at Taylor St Quarters taking the opportunity to chat with Tourism Esperance Chair Wayne Halliday, and a handful of local operators. The lunch conversation naturally drifted to the internal tourism boom brought about by the global COVID19 pandemic and an update on current and future tourism initiatives.
The Governor then boarded a rescue vessel with Marine Rescue Esperance Volunteers to receive an update on their operations and response capabilities. He also had the chance to experience the power and speed of their rescue vessel on a short trip from Esperance Harbour across to Bandy Creek Boat Harbour.
The Deep Sea Angling Club was next on the agenda, where the Governor met with various Emergency Services volunteers and personnel, as well as local volunteer organisations to learn more about their important work supporting the Esperance community. In attendance were representatives from SES, Volunteer Marine Rescue, St John’s WA, DFES, DPIRD, Fisheries WA, WA Police, Department of Transport and Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre.
The final stop for the last leg of the regional visit was to the Esperance Men-in-Sheds, with a tour of their impressive workshops, and a chance to chat to the men and women who are putting their skills to good use creating furniture and other products using recycled timber from the old Esperance jetty.
Many thanks to the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) who kindly hosted the Governor’s visit, along with the Shire of Esperance and the many businesses, community groups and organisations who welcomed the Governor to their region.