Shire of Quairading
In one of the first formalised partnerships of its kind in Western Australia, the City of Melville and the Shire of Quairading have entered into a mutually beneficial agreement designed to share and exchange a broad range of experiences, skills and resources.
Quairading is located less than two hours east of Perth in the Central Wheatbelt Region and is serviced by major bitumen roads. Surrounding towns include York, Beverley, Brookton, Corrigin, Bruce Rock, Kellerberrin, Tammin and Cunderdin. Quairading has a strong agricultural base covering an area of 2,000 square kilometres with a community of 1,200 persons (with approximately half residing in the Quairading townsite).
The partnership between The City of Melville and Quairading aims to bring the two communities together through the sharing of technical skills, services and advice, but also seeks to form a bond of friendship between city and country, helping to build awareness and understanding of issues and initiatives affecting each community.
Quairading has a fantastically close-knit community, and has great experience in grass roots community building, engaging its residents and creating synergies with business. Some technical skills and services which might not be viable on a full-time basis in Quairading can be supplied cost effectively by the City of Melville, creating an exchange of experiences, for all employees.
These kinds of partnerships are the future for country towns, enabling officers to learn skills, and create a network of peer support that will benefit both communities, now and in the future.