Mark McGowan unveils WA Labor’s Plan for Collie-Preston

Tuesday 24 Jan 2017
  • WA Labor announces funding package for Collie-Preston with a focus on diversifying the economy and creating new jobs for people in Collie-Preston
  • Significant commitments to tourism, health and education
  • $30million towards a new biomass energy plant and $30million towards a new solar farm in Collie
  • $15million to fix dangerous local roads
  • A McGowan Labor Government will build a new police station at Capel
  • A Labor reaffirms commitment to Royalties for Regions

Mark McGowan has unveiled WA Labor's Plan for Collie-Preston - a comprehensive suite of local projects and initiatives with a focus on creating new jobs, fixing dangerous country roads and investing in health and education.

Joining local MP Mick Murray in Collie today, Mr McGowan said a McGowan Labor Government would allocate $5million a year to the Collie Futures Fund to ensure the sustainability of the coal industry, drive economic diversity and create jobs in Collie and surrounding areas.

Innovative technologies will be part of WA's jobs future and Collie-Preston has an important role to play in the renewable power generation sector. A McGowan Labor Government will:

  • Commit $30million to support the building of a biomass energy plant in Collie;
  • Contribute $10million towards establishing rail access to Kemerton Industrial Park to create opportunities for new business    development such as lithium processing;
  • $30million to support the establishment of a solar farm in Collie; and
  • Commit $100,000 to an engineering pre-feasibility study for the potential development of a
  • demonstration mine-void pumped hydro facility in Collie.

A McGowan Labor Government will invest in community facilities to help drive tourism, including:

  •  Allocate $2.66million to develop Lake Kepwari as a recreational tourist destination
  •  Invest $200,000 to develop walking facilities around Wellington Dam;
  •  Invest $250,000 to enhance facilities and amenities at Stockton Lake near Collie;
  •  Commit $100,000 towards a marketing campaign to promote Motoring South West;
  •  Allocate $1million to install new boat ramps along the foreshore at Eaton;
  •  Allocate $500,000 towards infrastructure planning and environmental studies for a new caravan park at Minninup Pool ; and
  •  Allocate $300,000 towards a marketing campaign to promote the Ferguson Valley and Wellington Forest areas.

WA Labor is focused on improving essential health and education services in Collie-Preston. We will:

  • Provide $12.2million to complete the upgrade of Collie Hospital;
  • Allocate $7.5million to construct an eight classroom block at Collie Senior High School;
  • Fund a major upgrade of Collie TAFE and work with industry to provide training in a whole range of mining industry jobs;
  • Build new science classrooms at Eaton Community College to replace outdated transportable classrooms; and
  • Invest $20million to establish a specialised drug rehabilitation centre in the Bunbury-Collie region.

The Plan includes $15million for road improvements in Collie-Preston to fix dangerous country roads and save lives in regional WA and a commitment to build a new police station at Capel.

A McGowan Labor Government will upgrade community infrastructure throughout Collie-Preston by allocating:

  •  $2million towards the upgrade of Eaton Bowling Club to create a community hub;
  •  $500,000 to develop a waterfront historic walk trail between Eaton and Australind;
  •  $200,000 to upgrade Balingup Town Hall;
  •  $2.3million towards the Capel Town Centre revitalisation, in partnership with the Shire of Capel; and
  •  $2million towards the Donnybrook town centre revitalisation.

For full details on WA Labor's Plan for Collie-Preston, visit

Comments from WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan:

"I am committed to building a sustainable future for Collie and surrounding areas and WA Labor's Plan for Collie-Preston will do this. I want to see Collie remain a strong, vibrant town where opportunities are available for all.

"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. A McGowan labor Government will build a more prosperous future for Collie-Preston.

"Royalties for Regions will continue under a government I lead. WA Labor is determined to see Royalties for Regions spent wisely to maximise the benefits for the regions."

Comments from Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray:

"This is a real plan that will 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.

"People in Collie and surrounding areas are genuinely worried about their future and families are struggling. We need to plan for our future and build a diverse, modern local economy to create new jobs across a range of industries, while maintaining support for our traditional mining, refining and power generation base."






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