Projects to diversify Collie

South Western Times
The new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety office will be open in July 2020.
Camera IconThe new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety office will be open in July 2020.

The Collie Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Bec Woods says Collie is on its way to diversifying following announcements by the State Government.

Last week the State Government confirmed a new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety office would be established in the South West town by July 2020.

The office will create 10 new jobs for people to process a variety of licence applications and renewals.

Recruitment will begin in February and the office will not impact the department’s existing Mines Safety Office in the town.

The announcement also included a week-long trail construction training program for up to 20 Collie and Dwellingup residents.

The pilot project aims to help residents develop skills in trail building.

The program is part of the Government’s $10m plan to create and maintain 180km of mountain bike and bushwalking trails in the area.

Ms Woods said a diverse economy was the key for Collie going forward.

“I believe we’re tracking along to diversify our economy which has eased some of our community uncertainty about where we are heading into the future,” she said.

“There is still more that needs to be done.

“It is important for everyone to work collaboratively so we can ensure communications are all going in the same direction.”

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