Collie at the Crossroads
Planning a future beyond coal
What does Collie look like in 2030? This simple question has profound implications for the 9,000 people who call the town home. For Collie to prosper, a grand coalition must be formed, which works to secure the town’s future in the interests of the community, workers and the planet.
Staring down the end of the industry that built the town, Collie faces a challenge dozens of communities around Australia, and thousands worldwide, will confront in coming decades.
Despite these challenges, the future for Collie and fossil-fuel communities all over Australia is bright, if they can seize the opportunities coming decades will present. The global move to a low-carbon economy presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Collie’s workers. A local workforce geared towards sustainable industry and manufacturing can underpin the next century of prosperity for Collie’s people.
The opportunities outlined in this report are made possible by a broader transition on WA’s main electricity grid. The looming closure of Muja power station is the perfect opportunity for WA to fully harness the state’s renewable energy abundance. A renewable transition and creating a circular economy can lower costs, diversify WA’s economy and create healthier, more sustainable regions.
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