The Western Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to stimulate the diversification of the Collie economy and grow local jobs, with the announcement of the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund.
Designed to develop new industries, and expand existing industries in the Collie region, the new program will provide grants of up to $2 million per project to initiatives capable of growing and diversifying the Collie economy.
Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said, “This is an exciting opportunity to drive economic advancement and create jobs in Collie. We’re providing financial support to companies looking to establish or expand operations to help smooth the transition for Collie.
“This significant investment will be the key to further unlocking Collie’s economic potential, with the funding set to capture new opportunities for the region.
“The McGowan Government is working to identify new industry, employment, upskilling and training opportunities through the creation of an economic development plan for Collie and Bunbury.”
Applications are now open, with initiatives that can demonstrate the capacity to make a significant and sustainable impact on the local economy eligible for consideration.
Collie-Preston MLA, Mick Murray, said, “If you are a business looking to establish a new base or expand operations, Collie is well worth considering.
“I encourage companies and organisations to take up the opportunity to tap into the millions of dollars in funding on offer through this program and to utilise Collie’s strengths to support your endeavours.
“No doubt we will see some exciting proposals come through the application process, and I look forward to seeing the transformation that will take place as projects are funded and progressed.
“Jobs creation for local residents is a top priority. The program will contribute to securing a strong economic future for the town of Collie and the surrounding region.”
Successful applicants will need to match the State Government’s funding contribution.
The Collie Futures Industry Development Fund is the second funding program delivered through the Western Australian Government’s $20 million Collie Futures Fund.
The Collie Futures Small Grants Program was launched in 2018, with successful applicants already receiving support to kickstart economy-boosting, job-creating initiatives through the program.