Fund to transition Collie's coal industry

The Greens have announced a fund to support workers in transitioning to renewable energy.

Greens candidate for O'Connor Nelson Blake Gilmour said the $1 billion Clean Energy Transition Fund, announced on April 16 by party-leader Richard Di Natale, would support coal industry workers in Collie during a transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

Mr Gilmour said the end of thermal coal mining was inevitable, but no worker would be left behind.

"It has no future. Coal is dirty technology, it's old-world technology," he said.

Assistance will be tailored to each community and each worker, if the Greens proposal goes ahead.

"It will be a dialogue between workers and communities and what is needed for their assistance. But the money is there," he said. "This is $1 billion set aside to make sure not one single person will be left behind.

"Someone may be trained fairly easily, whereas some other person may need a longer term solution to find another job or to find work elsewhere."

Mr Gilmour said the Greens wanted Collie to remain a hub of WA's energy generation, given the infrastructure is already in the community.

"What that looks like is completely up to Collie. The point is that the infrastructure for distribution is in Collie. It needs to stay that way combined with a new renewable energy export market built in northern WA."

The Greens candidate acknowledged the transition would not be easy.

"I can't imagine being told the industry I've worked in is simply disappearing and facing a massive lifestyle change," Mr Gilmour said.

The announcement is part of the Greens federal election campaign. Voting will take place on May 18.