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Living and Working in the Shire Of Menzies – Applying for Employment

Steeped in rich history, Menzies and the surrounding communities are packed full of hidden gems. For the adventurous (or adventurous at heart) the opportunity to live and work in the Menzies shire opens a door to many a lifestyle and career experience and opportunities that are unique to the golden outback.

Taking your career regional offers development opportunities and career acceleration that just can’t be achieved in metropolitan local government organisations.

As a small organisation, Office based employees can expect to gain exposure to all facets of the inner workings of local government, not to mention building the business acumen required to lay the foundations for future leadership roles.

When it comes to building your knowledge, capability and understanding of the machinations of government, small regional shires offer exposure to unparalleled learning opportunities.

Works based employees work across the Shire maintaining infrastructure, camping destinations and airstrips. These roles will have you close to nature; red dirt underfoot and the crisp Goldfields blue skies touching the horizon.

Of course, embracing the career move does come with its challenges. With the population of Menzies town site and pastoral surrounds at 108 people (2016 Census data) and a further 150 people (approximately) residing in the Tjuntjuntjarra Community near the South Australian border our community amenities and services are limited.

A Community Nurse is stationed here three days a week with the Flying Doctor visiting monthly. Leonora (100 kms north) is home to the closest pharmacy, but medications can be ordered and delivered via the Community Resource Centre (CRC) or purchased in Kalgoorlie which is located 130 kms south.

We are a small town with a primary school, Post Office/ Visitor Centre/ Community Resource Centre; Caravan Park; Art Centre; Café and a Hotel that carries some basic essentials. Leisure time can be spent at the water park; tennis and basketball courts; Youth Centre; a developing Senior Citizens Centre or exploring the walking trails surrounding town.

Weekends are for taking advantage of the spectacular scenery within the region and there is a reason why the golden outback is referred to as road trip country.

Take a day trip to Lake Ballad to view Inside Australia - Antony Gormley Sculptures. Set over 10 square kilometres the 51 sculptures represent the residents of Menzies whose bodies were scanned for casts. The art installation forms part of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail which takes in the ghost towns and historic sites north of Kalgoorlie. But perhaps Lake Ballad is at its most spectacular when the sun sets and the absence of light pollution enables amazing star gazing opportunities surrounded by the eerie shadows of the sculptures.

Niagara Dam & Kookynie, located to the north of Menzies is a popular weekend destination with its iconic pub and township ruins to explore. With a population of just 13, visitors can call into the Grand Hotel Kookynie for a cold drink, hot meal and history.

Kalgoorlie is our closest major regional centre, and the hub of the region, located 130 kms to the south. Kalgoorlie is home to major supermarkets, national retail chains, cosmopolitan pubs, restaurants and cafes. Perth is a short 1 hour flight from Kalgoorlie for those trips to the city.

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