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Government supports creation of Collie resort

Government supports creation of Collie resort

The State Government will help a Collie accommodation provider expand into the town’s first resort to meet strong demand as tourist numbers increase.

Premier Mark McGowan and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray announced today a $648,175 investment from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund to support Collie Ridge Motel’s expansion into a resort.

Tourism has been growing rapidly in the South-West town, with the Collie Ridge Motel forced to turn away patrons as it hasn’t had the capacity to meet demand.

The motel has already self-funded $1.5 million for Stage 1 of an expansion to build an extra 27 rooms, and create new visitor facilities.

The State Government funding will support the motel to undertake Stage 2 of the development into the Collie Ridge Resort.

This includes a fully equipped relaxation centre featuring gymnasium, swimming pool, spa, remedial massage and beauty rooms, upgraded restaurant, a children’s playground, and business meeting rooms and support facilities.

The project is expected to generate about 65 jobs during construction over both stages.

The estimated flow-on economic benefit to the region is $3 million through employment and purchase of materials, as well as increased local spending at local businesses by workers.

Once complete, the resort project will create 10 new full-time jobs.

The longer term flow-on effect to the local economy is expected to be significant, with increases in tourists and business visitors driving local spending and employment.