The report of the Royal Commission was printed. Recommendations included: Railway construction to commence as soon as possible and no experimental work was to be undertaken on Esperance lands until the railway was completed. Settlers were to be financially assisted and land costs extended over 40 years.
In 1917-18 the provisions of the Industries Assistance Act were made available to returned soldiers to enable them to finance cropping operations.
The Israelite Bay Post and Telegraph station which had remained in use since 1877 ceased. The telegraph station was purchased by Heinrich Dimer of Nanambinia Station. The timber and iron roofing materials were removed and taken to be used for a building at the station.