Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Collie on track with new nature tourism business

    7/11/2019 3:00 PM
     
    • New adventure tourism business announced with funding from the Collie Futures Small Grants Program
    • Experiences will cater to both casual and serious explorers, including bushwalking, mountain biking, and water activities
    • Part of the $20 million Collie Futures Fund, designed to stimulate development and diversify Collie's economy

    Collie is geared up to become a premier adventure tourism town, with the McGowan Government supporting a new tour agency as part of its ongoing investment in driving visitation to the area.

     

    TraaVerse is the small business that will be forging a new path in expanding the offering of nature based tourism in the Collie River Valley.

     

    Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray today announced funding from the Collie Futures Small Grants Program would be put towards the establishment of the business.

     

    TraaVerse will cater to both thrill-seekers and explorers by providing ease of access to Collie's tracks, trails and water bodies.

     

    Services will include track and trail transfers for mountain bikers and bushwalkers, and equipment hire to enable families to dive into a range of activities such as recreational activities stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

     

    A shuttle bus service will transport visitors to and from trails such as the Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi, and custom tour options will be available.

     

    TraaVerse will be able to capitalise on the McGowan Government's investment in the town's future, including the $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative, to establish Collie as Western Australia's go-to trail adventure town.

     

    Through the creation of more than 180km of high-quality mountain bike and bushwalking trails, Collie will become a renowned destination for those looking to immerse themselves in nature.

     

    The State-funded initiative has already resulted in the opening of the Arklow Adaptive Trail, a 9.5km loop that connects to the Munda Biddi Trail.

     

    A growing number of initiatives for stimulating economy are progressing with assistance from the Collie Futures Fund.

     

    Both the $2 million Collie Futures Small Grants Program and $18 million Collie Futures Industry Development Fund are part of the $20 million Collie Futures Fund, aimed at diversifying Collie's economy and creating jobs.

     

    For more information or to apply, visit http://www.swdc.wa.gov.au/

     

    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

     

    "When our Government launched the $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative, we opened the doors for hospitality and tourism businesses to take up residence in the town.

     

    "With the Collie Futures Fund, we are starting to see these business take roots and cash-in on the opportunity to play their part in a new chapter for Collie.

     

    "These unique experiences in Collie's natural environment will attract people from all over, and help support local business and job creation."

     

    Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:

     

    "I am proud of the way State Government investment is helping to shape a prosperous future for Collie.

     

    "The Collie River Valley perfectly lends itself to nature-based tourism and has long been an adventure hub - and now thanks to State Government investment, the area's potential is being unlocked.

     

    "From mountain-biking to kayaking, adventure awaits in Collie and I encourage people to make plans to visit this beautiful part of the world and experience what it has to offer."

     

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