The mid-point between Perth and Kalgoorlie, Merredin is a small, tight-knit community with a population of just under 3,000. The Wheatbelt town was established as a stopping place en route to the Goldfields and is now the largest regional centre in the eastern Wheatbelt. A three hour drive from Perth, Merredin experiences a semi-arid climate, which means summer temperatures average in the low 30s, while the winter mercury drops to the mid teens during the day and around 5°C at night. The average annual rainfall is 328 millimetres usually falling between March and November.
Locals live a country lifestyle that’s quite different to metro areas, with plenty of community events and clubs to join. Sports like netball, football, golf, swimming and cricket are popular, while there are also historical, cultural and environmental societies that offer evening and weekend activities. Outdoor pursuits in the surrounding nature reserves provide other sources of entertainment.
Working for the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in Merredin
As Merredin is a small community with only one local supermarket it is inevitable that staff may run into clients outside the world of work. Merredin office has a strong, workplace culture of supporting one another, and maintains good partnerships with other Government and non-Government agencies in town. This collaborative way of working helps the team build strong connections with the Merredin community, including the local Aboriginal Community it serves.