Multi-million dollar contract for Collie firetrucks

Jacinta CantatoreBunbury Herald
Premier Mark McGowan, Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray and Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan with emergency service personnel.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan, Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray and Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan with emergency service personnel. Credit: Supplied

The manufacture of fire trucks and appliances in Collie will be expanded following a $125 million State Government boost.

Two contracts valued at $75 million and $50 million were awarded to emergency services vehicle manufacturer Frontline Fire and Rescue Equipment.

The Malaga-based company was also awarded a $2.5 million grant to establish manufacturing capability in Collie.

The two contracts, which will include building “4.4” heavy appliances and “ultralight” vehicles, is expected to create 17 full-time manufacturing positions in the town.

The grant came from the $60 million Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund, which was established to help the town divest from coal-centred industries to a more sustainable future.

Premier Mark McGowan said the investment would ensure volunteer firefighters were equipped with modern vehicles to combat bushfires across the State.

“I'm pleased that my Government has been able to provide an additional $2.5 million grant to ensure that more manufacturing work will take place in Collie, creating jobs for locals,” Mr McGowan said.

“We are committed to ensuring a strong economy and sustainable future for Collie and we see emergency services vehicle manufacturing as an important part of that.”

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