Labor’s election pledge for Collie announced

South Western Times
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murrary launch the party’s plan for Collie-Preston.
Camera IconOpposition Leader Mark McGowan and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murrary launch the party’s plan for Collie-Preston.

The Collie-Preston electorate could have revitalised roads, a new biomass energy plant and $30 million towards a new solar farm in Collie, if Labor wins the next State Election.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan committed $10 million towards establishing rail access to Kemerton Industrial Park, $100,000 to an engineering pre-feasibility study for the potential development of a demonstration mine-void pumped hydro facility in Collie and investment in a number of community facilities.

“I am committed to building a sustainable future for Collie and surrounding areas and WA Labor’s Plan for Collie-Preston will do this,” Mr McGowan said.

“I want to see Collie remain a strong, vibrant town where opportunities are available for all.

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“We will build a more sustainable future for Collie and surrounding towns by creating a diverse economy, supporting local business, developing skills and creating jobs.”

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the plan would create jobs and opportunities for people in Collie and surrounding areas and improve essential services like health and education.

“I’m particularly excited about WA Labor’s commitment to innovative technologies. These announcements have potential to help secure a better future for Collie-Preston,” he said.

“People in Collie and surrounding areas are genuinely worried about their future and families are struggling.”

Nationals candidate for Collie-Preston Monique Warnock said the promises were another example of Labor making unfunded promises that lacked substance.

“WA Labor has an appalling track record in the regions, allocating a mere $54 million in 2008 to regional WA over four years under the previous Carpenter Government,” she said.

“The Nationals WA are the voice of regional WA, having invested almost $6.9 billion into more than 3700 projects across regional WA since 2008 through our hugely successful Royalties for Regions policy.

“This has delivered investment into projects such as the $11 million Collie CBD revitalisation, upgrades to Collie Senior High School and the $8.6 million Collie Hospital upgrade through the Southern Inland Health Initiative.”

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