Collie’s main entrance street has been given a facelift with a streetscape revitalisation project to repair and upgrade historic building façades to boost first impressions for tourists.
The Premier Mark McGowan has officially opened the Throssell Street revitalisation works featuring nostalgic elements including bullnose verandas, ornate detailing and hand-painted signwriting.
The Western Australian Government provided $1.1 million from the Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund to the Shire of Collie to repair and upgrade the façades of 11 buildings.
The town of Collie is experiencing a tourism boom since the completion of WA Government-funded projects, including the Collie Mural Trail, Lake Kepwari and the Arklow mountain bike trails.
Record-breaking numbers of tourists to the town, almost double since pre-pandemic levels, and in recent months, that momentum has increased beyond double.
The upgraded streetscape is hoped to encourage tourists to spend time walking around town supporting local businesses.
The work is in line with the WA Government’s commitment to Collie’s Just Transition Plan, which supports a diversification of new industries as Collie transitions from a reliance on the coal industry.