- Three initiatives share in more than $200,000 through the Collie Futures Small Grants Program
- Aims to diversify Collie's economy and create jobs
- Funding recipients include a recreational flying school, dry cleaners and feasibility study into establishing a scientific services business
A recreational flying school is among the initiatives being made possible in Collie's transitioning economy with support from the latest grants from the McGowan Government.
Through the Collie Futures Small Grants Program, the McGowan Government will provide $100,000 towards the establishment of the Collie Flight Training School at Collie.
The training school will offer the Recreational Pilot Certificate under Recreational Aviation Australia, attracting visitors wanting to earn their wings.
A $63,814 grant will assist Busy Bee Dry Cleaners to expand through the purchase of new laundry equipment and the diversification of services.
The expansion will allow Busy Bee Dry Cleaners to keep up with growing demand from accommodation providers for its popular linen cleaning service.
An allocation of $38,683 will support Collabs Scientific Services to develop a business case into the viability of establishing a scientific services business in Collie, utilising an abandoned facility.
The McGowan Government is investing more than $662 million to diversify Collie's economy and support the town's long-term future as it transitions away from a reliance on the coal sector.
The Collie Futures Fund, incorporating the Collie Futures Small Grants Program and Collie Futures Industry Development Fund, is part of this package to attract new industries and create local jobs.
For more information about the Collie Futures Fund or to apply for funding, visit www.swdc.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Over the years, we've seen new businesses emerge and existing businesses expand in Collie with support from the funding made available from the McGowan Government.
"These businesses are supporting jobs and positively impacting on the local economy, which is being strengthened and made more resilient through diversification - setting up Collie for the long-term."
Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns:
"The McGowan Government's Collie Futures Small Grants Program continues to support local businesses to create local jobs.
"If you have a proposal for a new business, are expanding on your current business or have an initiative that will have a positive impact on Collie, the message is clear - Collie is open to new opportunities and we are here to support."
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