Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson talks plans for Collie

Newly re-elected Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson says he will fight for Collie's coal mining and power industries over the next three years.

The incumbent received 46 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, on a primary vote of 41.83 per cent, in last month's federal election.

The result marked Mr Wilson's third consecutive win.

Speaking to the Mail after the election, he expressed support for the town and its role in the state's energy sector.

"Coal and coal-fired power stations still have at least another 20 years left in them, and I will be fighting to ensure we don't phase out the industry any earlier," he said.

"Collie's coal industry will have my full support for the foreseeable future, and I will also be looking for funding opportunities for alternative job-creating projects."

Mr Wilson said the state had the potential to assist renewable energy industries.

"We have an obligation to protect our environment for future generations, but we must also ensure a strong economy, so the next generation can find jobs," he said.

"I support a sensible approach to renewable energy and a steady transition to newer technologies."

Mr Wilson thanked the voters of Collie for their support.

"I was ecstatic to be elected for a third term. I have a proven track record of delivering for O'Connor and I thank the Collie community for putting their faith in me again," he said.

"Collie's location and vast natural environment make it an ideal tourist destination. That is one of the reasons why my government has invested more than $1 million for the Collie Motorplex and a new river trail.

"I look forward to working with the Collie community to achieve good outcomes for the town and ensure the coal-mining industry remains viable."