Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray have today officially opened the South West Development Commission’s new office in Collie.
The State Government agency has relocated to the landmark Old Post Office building on Throssell Street, providing a more prominent and accessible location for the SWDC that reflects the McGowan Government’s strong commitment to the South-West town.
An on-site, hot-desking area acts as a central hub for other agencies working in the town on initiatives, including those requiring a multi-agency approach to stimulating economic diversification and job creation.
Among the work being undertaken to support the economic diversification of the Collie region is an economic development plan for the Collie and Bunbury regions.
In support of this, funding is currently available to assist industry-led projects to establish or expand in Collie, with up to $2 million per project on offer through the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund.
The Collie Futures Industry Development Fund is the second grants program made possible through the $20 million Collie Futures Fund, which was set up to drive the diversification of the Collie economy.
For more information or to apply for funding, visit http://www.swdc.wa.gov.au
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“Our investment in Collie is opening doors for job-creating, economy-boosting projects to set up in town.
“A new location for the South West Development Commission will ensure the State Government is working in the heart of Collie, with our doors open to support local business.
“The Collie Futures Industry Development Fund is open, and we encourage applications from proponents with proposals to drive the local economy, create jobs, and support local contractors and suppliers.”