A WA Wheatbelt town not that far from Perth is having unprecedented success in attracting a GP.

After receiving advice he wouldn’t find a doctor, Quairading Shire President Peter Smith offered $800K and a four-bedroom home, rent-free.

Quairading is just 165 kilometres – roughly two hours’ drive – east of Perth and has a population of about 1200.

He has since found himself with an overwhelming number of applications, 50 high-calibre candidates have been shortlisted.

He told The West his Shire has done a better job at attracting doctors to the regions than the state government.