Plan to help Collie’s transition

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
View of Collie town from near hospital.
Camera IconView of Collie town from near hospital. Credit: Ian Ferguson/WA News, Ian Ferguson

A new framework aimed at supporting workers and the wider Collie community as the town transitions away from emissions- intensive industries was announced yesterday.

The Just Transition Plan is the next step in what is believed will be a 10-15-year process for Collie.

The plan was developed in consultation with industry, community, union and government stakeholders through the Just Transition Working Group.

Premier Mark McGowan said over the past four years, the State Government had made an unprecedented investment in Collie to diversify the economy and secure the town’s future.

“We are absolutely committed to supporting Collie through this crucial phase in the town’s history,” Mr McGowan said.

“As WA’s energy system shifts from traditional generation to increased reliance on renewable energy and storage, our dependence on coal will naturally decline.

“The Just Transition plan is all about managing the impact this change will have on the local workforce and wider community.”

As part of the plan, the Just Transition Working Group has developed a group of principles endorsed by the State Government to guide transition efforts.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union of WA delegate Sean Emmett said the group welcomed the announcement but warned it would not be successful without committed action by both government and industry.

“We have fought hard for this Just Transition over the past two years and are glad to see the State Government now commit to a real plan,” Mr Emmett said.

“We want to make sure that as many people as possible are cared for, looked after and offered opportunities.

“ I do think it is possible and if we get this right, this could be a model to other industries that have shut down.”

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the plan was developed with the best interests of the community at heart.

“We haven’t shied away from the fact that Collie’s main industries are facing major challenges,” Mr Murray said. “As a State Government we have been on the front foot in order to facilitate action whilst supporting the creation of a longer-term plan, and I look forward to seeing it produce results.”

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