State government commits to $10 million to Collie trail funding

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Collie Mountain Bike Club president Erik Mellegers, Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Premier Mark McGowan and Collie shire president Sarah Stanley watch riders enjoy some of the town’s trails.
Camera IconCollie Mountain Bike Club president Erik Mellegers, Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Premier Mark McGowan and Collie shire president Sarah Stanley watch riders enjoy some of the town’s trails.

Collie’s growing reputation as a trail town will be boosted by a $10 million pre-budget commitment delivered by Premier Mark McGowan this week.

Mr McGowan travelled to the South West town yesterday to announce money would be set aside in next month’s State Budget to establish it as WA’s premier trail adventure town.

“This $10 million commitment will see Collie become a world-class destination for mountain bikers and bushwalkers,” he said.

“A key element of the plan is to ensure that the trails are focused around Collie, so that visitors stay in Collie and use the hospitality of the town.”

The money will be used to help create more than 180km of mountain bike and bushwalking trails through the Collie River Valley.

Trails winding for 65km through the Wellington National Park are the centrepiece of the package, while 20km of the Munda Biddi trail will be realigned to pass through Collie.

A trail centre in town will also be built with secondary hubs to be constructed closer to the trails.

Collie Preston MLA Mick Murray said trail tourism had sparked economic development in town.

“This initiative puts Collie at the centre of WA’s world-class series of trails,” he said.

Shire president Sarah Stanley said mountain biking was one of the world’s fastest growing sports.

“The potential to grow our tourism industry in Collie benefits the whole community, not just those businesses who directly service visitors,” Cr Stanley said.

“Each dollar spent by tourists can circulate many times around our local economy, supporting local businesses and providing jobs across many sectors.”

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