Collie’s future up for comment

Chloerissa EadieSouth Western Times

A report identifying key opportunities for Collie in a bid to boost the town’s economy is out for public comment.

The Collie Economic Development Task Force report identifies the town’s strengths, outlines key economic opportunities and future challenges.

It identifies the town as critical to the economy, employing 5.4 per cent of the South West’s labour force, with an average taxable income of almost $87,000.

Collie’s economy represents 12 per cent of the region’s $16 billion gross regional product, with alumina generating $1.86 billion, $776 million in energy and $300 million in coal.

Collie shire president Wayne Sanford encouraged the community to have their say and provide feedback to shape the town’s future.

“Many people shared their ideas for broadening Collie’s economic base at forums, workshops and through a survey.

“This strategy really is the result of government, industry and the community coming together to build on Collie’s strengths to secure long-term prosperity for the town and region.”

South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Anna Oades said the report highlighted ways to safeguard its long-term prosperity through economic diversification.

“The report points to a number of different industries including coal and energy generation where Collie has natural advantages and future opportunities,” Ms Oades said.

“The report will provide a solid framework for us to focus our efforts when it comes to strengthening Collie’s economy into the future.

“We were fortunate to receive significant input from the Collie and wider community including at community workshops, youth workshops, industry meetings and workshops, and through a survey.

“It’s important we get this right for Collie and we want this to be the community’s plan.”

She said it was the community’s chance to be involved with shaping a bright future for Collie.

People have until Friday, January 20, to provide feedback on the draft Reimagining Collie report.

To download the report or submit a comment, visit yoursay.collie.wa.gov.au or pick up a copy from the Collie Public Library.

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