Buloke Shire Council Friendship Alliance

Representatives from Buloke Shire Council and Hobsons Bay City Council signed the Memorandum of Understanding in May 2006. Hobsons Bay City Council and Buloke Shire Council formally established a unique friendship with the aim of breaking down the urban-rural divide between councils in Victoria.

The alliance includes arrangements for ongoing visits and exchanges and includes the promotion of joint initiatives involving local service organisations.

If you'd like to become involved in the friendship alliance and develop relationships with the Buloke community contact Council on 9932 1000.

How it started: Buloke Friendship Alliance           

Hobsons Bay residents and traders with Christmas hampers for Buloke residentsThrough an existing informal friendship between Hobsons Bay Councillor Peter Hemphill and Buloke Shire Councillor Robyn Ferriar, the Hobsons Bay community became aware of the plight of residents in Buloke affected by the ongoing drought.

The drought put a huge amount of pressure on Buloke’s farming communities, which Council staff members and local residents responded to, and this acted as the catalyst for formally establishing the friendship between the two councils.

The two councils signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming their commitment to the partnership, with a specific focus on education, arts and culture, environment and business.

In addition to sharing resources and expertise, the friendship has extended to the wider communities, bringing together trader associations, churches, schools, community groups and residents.

The friendship alliance is an innovative project that both councils and the communities of Hobsons Bay and Buloke are committed to. There are still opportunities for continued learning and sharing of information and both parties plan to continue their involvement in this successful and beneficial partnership.

Key achievements

  • exchange programs between primary schools
  • support for the local economy
  • promotion of tourism opportunities
  • sharing of information and resources
  • linking of arts and sporting events
  • environmental programs

About Buloke Shire                

Buloke Shire is situated in Victoria’s rural north west, in the heart of the state's wheat belt. It covers an area of over 8,000 kilometres with a population of 7,900 residents.

Agriculture, especially grain and sheep production, is the major industry, although other important sectors include retail trade, health and community services and education.

The main townships within the shire are Birchip, Charlton, Donald, Sea Lake and Wycheproof. Find out more at www.buloke.vic.gov.au

In contrast, Hobsons Bay is situated ten kilometres from Melbourne in the inner western metro region. The city covers an area of 66 kilometres with a population of more than 84,000.

A range of major industrial complexes in the city contribute significantly to the economy of Victoria. Find out more about Hobsons Bay and its history.

Projects & events

March 2009 - the Mayor and Councillors from Buloke visit Hobsons Bay to meet with staff, Councillors and local traders and take a tour of the city.

September 2008 - Steam Rail Victoria in Newport hosts the Steaming Up Broadway festival launch, a celebration of 125 years of rail in Wycheproof.

May 2008 - Williamstown hosts the Paddock to Port exhibition about Victoria’s agricultural history and the wheat and wool production in the Mallee and Wimmera in the 1800s-1940s.

February 2008 - the unique friendship alliance wins a Local Government Professional (LGPro) Awards for Excellence in the Corporate and Community Planning category.

December 2006 - Hobsons Bay traders associations of Altona, Laverton, Newport and Williamstown fund the children’s entertainment at the annual Donald Christmas celebration, contributing to the hire of rides, a jumping castle and musical performances.

May 2006 - Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both Councils.