Old Post Office building becomes South West Development Commission's new Collie HQ

CRVM Group chair Julie Hillier, Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Regional Development minister Alannah MacTiernan and SWDC acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball opening the new office. Photo: Breeanna Tirant

CRVM Group chair Julie Hillier, Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Regional Development minister Alannah MacTiernan and SWDC acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball opening the new office. Photo: Breeanna Tirant

The South West Development Commission office was relocated back to the old post office building on Friday, March 8.

Regional Development minister Alannah MacTiernan officially opened the new office by cutting the ribbon, alongside Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball and Collie River Valley Marketing Group chair Julie Hillier.

The state government agency was moved due to its more prominent and accessible location.

An on-site, hot-desking area acts as a central hub for other agencies working in the town on initiatives, including those requiring a multi-agency approach to stimulating economic diversification and job creation.

Regional Development minister Alannah MacTiernan said it was great to be able to open the new office.

"This used to be the office. It's a beautiful building and it really represents the heritage of Collie," she said.

"The Collie Futures Industry Development Fund is open, and we encourage applications from proponents with proposals to drive the local economy, create jobs, and support local contractors and suppliers.

"The Collie Futures Industry Development Fund is open, and we encourage applications from proponents with proposals to drive the local economy."

Funding is currently available to assist industry-led projects to establish or expand in Collie, with up to $2 million per project on offer through the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund.

The second grants program is made possible through the $20 million Collie Futures Fund, which was set up to drive the diversification of the Collie economy.

To apply for funding, visit www.swdc.wa.gov.au.