Things to do
There are a number of things to do in Collie during the holiday period.
Enjoy our Central Park, with its water park area, play equipment for kids, lots of lawn, shady areas, barbecues, picnic tables and the cafe.
Chill out at Soldiers' Park, more play equipment, starting point for walks, lots of shade and right next to it is the Skate Park, still providing lots of fun.
The rebuilt Railway Station has undergone a face lift and is worth a visit, especially for those keen on trains and rail history.
Call in to the Visitors' Centre to browse the range of souvenirs and gifts, see the replica underground mine and look at the steam locomotives, plus Polly of course.
With swimming lessons on during the morning, the heated pool is getting good use, but if you visit during the afternoon, there is much to enjoy in the various pools.
There are swimming spots at the river and in our former open cut mines.
Cyclists and mountain bike enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with the abundance of bike trails around our town.
Go for a walk around town, on the Karaak Trail or through the bush.
Call in to the library to browse the papers and magazines, check out some books or dvds, or go online.
So much to do - we are spoilt for choice.
The "Elemental - Land-Layers-Life" exhibition continues at the Art Gallery until February 4.
The work is by Perth-based artist Carol Rowling.
It explores the landscape from above, to present a different point of view.
If you haven't had a look at it yet, the Gallery is open Thursday to Mondays, 10am to 4pm.
You can also chat to the friendly volunteers about what courses and workshops are being offered in 2019, sign up as a member, and/or become a volunteer.
Rather than closing down for the holiday period, the enthusiastic volunteers at the Coalfields Museum and Historical Research Centre are opening for extra days.
During the year, the museum closes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but the doors will be open all through the school holidays and kids will be admitted free provided they are accompanied by a responsible adult or by a member.
Thanks to the volunteers who will be giving up their time to keep the doors open for these extra days.
Many visitors and locals are taking the opportunities offered at the museum to find information about their families, and the way they lived in former times.
Collie's swimming pool is an accredited Watch Around Water pool, so certain rules apply.
They are very sensible, and would be good to remember if you are anywhere near the water, whether it be at the beach, at the river, or one of our former open cut mines.
Children under 10 ten years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and constantly supervised.
You must have a clear view of the child or children at all times.
Children under five years old must be within arms' reach at all times.
Unaccompanied or unsupervised children at the pool will be removed from the water.
Remember, drowning is silent, and it can take just a minute or two of inattention to cause brain damage or death.
Water is fun, but there is a constant need to be vigilant.
Collie is now in the prohibited burning period, so that means no fires in the open, whether you are camping, or wanting to burn off rubbish in your back yard.
Now is not the time.
We have all seen the devastation which fire can cause, let's all be careful, and give the firies a pleasant fire-free holiday period.
Last summer, swift action by local people resulted in Black Diamond being cleaned up after the Australia Day long weekend brought hundreds of visitors to the picturesque spot.
Please do not litter, we do hold the title of the State's Top Tidy Town, and the National judge will be visiting Collie on February 21 and 22 to have a look at the many projects and improvements around town.
It would be good if there was absolutely no litter for her to see!
If you go camping or picnicking, collect your rubbish, bring it home and dispose of it thoughtfully.
We live here, and we want to keep it clean.
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