Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Regional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing

    Collie Underground Coal Mine Experience offers unique insight

    4/03/2023 10:15 AM
    • Collie Underground Coal Mine Experience transformed
    • Interactive and immersive attraction provides a window into the working life of the Collie coal miners in the 1950s
    • Part of McGowan Government's commitment to create a bright future for Collie

    Visitors and locals wanting to learn more about Western Australia's coal mining history are encouraged to visit the new and improved Collie Underground Coal Mine Experience.


    A McGowan Government investment has transformed the attraction - originally constructed in the 1980s - into a fascinating must-see heritage attraction featuring contemporary interactive exhibits and activities.


    Officially reopened today by Regional Development Minister Don Punch and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns, the redeveloped replica underground mine further enhances Collie's diverse tourism offerings.


    The immersive space co-located with the Collie Visitor Centre offers a window into the working life of Collie coal miners and the dangerous conditions they endured working underground in the 1950s.


    Guests can explore the history of coal mining in Collie, gain insight into the jobs undertaken, peruse historic artifacts, and hear stories from former mine workers.


    As part of the immersive experience, guests will feel the ground rumble in a simulated coal face blast that incorporates an audio-visual projection featuring a cameo by former Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray.


    Appealing to all ages, youngsters are encouraged to look for the 'critters' that can be found hiding in the replica mine.


    For more information, including opening times for self-guided tours or to book a guided tour with a former mine worker, visit https://collierivervalley.com.au/


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:


    "The McGowan Government is investing in a strong future for Collie where there is a range of employment opportunities including modern industrial jobs.


    "Part of setting up Collie for the long-term involves unlocking the town's tourism potential through investing in tourist attractions and experiences such as the Collie Underground Coal Mine Experience, which is a credit to everyone involved - a unique heritage attraction.


    "Many people have worked underground in Collie over the decades - and I encourage you to find out what life was like for them. It's great that former mine workers are making themselves available to give guided tours - providing first-hand insight to the role they've played in powering the State."


    Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns:


    "I am really pleased with the work carried out to redevelop the replica coal mine. The attraction has long been an asset for Collie, but the upgrades transform it into a contemporary experience that meet the expectations of today's visitors.


    "The Collie Underground Coal Mine Experience highlights Collie's history and the workers who helped shape our town, while offering up a new heritage experience for enthusiasts and families.


    "Significant investment by the McGowan Government into attractions such as the Wellington Dam Mural, Lake Kepwari recreational lake and adventure trails is unlocking the tourism potential of Collie - bringing visitors to the town and boosting the economy."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200