The State Government is getting behind a locally driven tourism initiative that will assist in supporting small businesses and tourism operators in Collie-Preston to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Premier Mark McGowan and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray today announced $50,000 from the Collie Futures Small Grants Program (CFSGP) towards the Connecting to Collie-Preston project.
The Donnybrook Regional Tourism Association will use the funding to develop a range of targeted packages to entice visitors to take advantage of the opportunities provided by local tourism and business operators.
The development of the packages will provide a chance for the operators to adapt in the recovery from COVID-19 by expanding their business streams.
The diverse southern approach to Collie – including Donnybrook and Collie via the Preston River Valley – will be the focus of the campaign, which will be aimed at attracting WA tourists in the face of wider intrastate and interstate travel restrictions.
The funding allocation forms part of the State Government’s ongoing commitment to diversifying the local economy and deliver sustainable jobs through developing industry sectors as part of the Collie Futures Fund.
Both the $2 million Collie Futures Small Grants Program and $18 million Collie Futures Industry Development Fund are part of the $20 million Collie Futures Fund. For more information or to apply for funding, click here.