Comment: Don’t write off Collie or its community

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
The Collie community has always been willing to come together to face tough opponents.
Camera IconThe Collie community has always been willing to come together to face tough opponents. Credit: WA News

Growing up in Collie I never expected that I would have to write about my home-town fighting for survival, but knowing the community I have very little doubt it will do just that if required.

Even though I left town shortly after my final Year 12 exam a little over 11 years ago, the town is where my ideas of fairness, resilience and hard work developed in my formative years.

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My parents continue to live in town so I have returned a number of times over the years and I have watched from afar as things slowly changed, some times for the better and some times for the worse.

When I came to town in order to follow up the front page article in the South Western Times on January 31 I was once again met only by friendly people who were more than willing to talk about the town’s future.

When I walked beyond the familiar façade of Collie Shire Chambers, I moved into a building that has moved with the times.

The corridors of the high school were simultaneously familiar and foreign — so much has changed there as it looked to adapt to an ever-changing set of circumstances in the town.

Collie is not a town that has stood still and watched time pass.

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It has already been proactive in order to diversify and transform into something that would be unfamiliar to those who have not been there in 10 years or more.

I have no doubt it will endure this rough patch — it might look a little different on the other side but the people will still be the same and hold the same lofty values high.

The town and its community have always been up for a scrap against daunting opposition and I cannot wait to see what it will become 10, 20 and 30 years further down the line.

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