Union set to continue holding Collie community meetings

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
AMWU state secretary Steve McCartney speaks at the fifth union-organised Collie community meeting.
Camera IconAMWU state secretary Steve McCartney speaks at the fifth union-organised Collie community meeting. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

A committee will be formed and community meetings will continue in order to shore up Collie’s future, according to Australian Manufacturing and Workers Union State secretary Steve McCartney.

Mr McCartney said different perspectives will come together to discuss the future of the town once he formed a committee.

“People have had the opportunity to vent and now they’ve decided we need to pick a direction and go somewhere,” he said.

“I think forming a small committee will be a good way of gelling ideas together.

“It was also great to have all those politicians committing to Collie’s cause – we’ll be reminding them of that.”

Mr McCartney said representatives of small business, agriculture, power generation, mining and unions had already agreed to join the committee.

After the meeting, South West MLC Steve Thomas questioned whether Collie needed another committee.

“Collie doesn’t need another committee, it needs action,” he said. “If the outcome of the meeting was to form a committee I don’t think we achieved anything.”

Future community meetings will relocate to the Collie Mine Worker’s Institute.

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