East Pilbara a trailblazer for local government resource sharing partnerships Print

East Pilbara a trailblazer for local government resource sharing partnerships

The City of Swan have assigned two of their engineering graduates to a five month secondment with the Shire of East Pilbara as part of an innovative agreement to strengthen and enhance resource sharing, career development and regional capacity building between local government authorities.
“This agreement is ground-breaking for the Shire of East Pilbara. It’s the first resource sharing agreement of its kind between two local governments and we are pleased to be one of the frontrunners in WA for this type of program,” said Shire President Lynne Craigie.

“The benefits generated as a result of this partnership are shared amongst all parties involved and we are grateful to the City of Swan for collaborating with us on this exciting initiative.”

Engineering graduates Finn Macleod and Sinead McGuire have joined the Shire of East Pilbara to offer project support in several key engineering capacities, which would typically be fulfilled by contractors. Under this new agreement, both engineers receive valuable experience working on complex engineering projects as well as garnering experience in a regional environment. The projects include significant works at the Newman Waste Water Treatment Plant, Newman Airport, Newman Works Depot and Newman Landfill.

For both Finn and Sinead, it’s an opportunity not to be passed up.

“I saw it as a great opportunity to develop my skills in managing projects and working in an environment so different to that at the City of Swan,” said Finn.

“Since getting up here everything has exceeded my expectations. My projects are all quite varied and providing many new challenges, the town itself is great and full of fantastic people,” he added.

Sinead also expressed her gratitude at the opportunity presented to her through the agreement.

“When the opportunity arose to come to the Shire of East Pilbara I saw it as an exciting opportunity to gain experience in a regional local government,” she said.

Both Sinead and Finn will continue their secondment at the Shire of East Pilbara until 30 June 2019 and the Shire hopes to engage in additional resource sharing agreements with the City of Swan in the future.
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