Landowners, business owners and community members have come together to look at creative ways to activate Collie’s central business district at two recent events.
The first CBD Revitalisation Business Connection session used a creative process to explore ways to increase foot traffic, attract new activities to fill vacant premises and increase the turnover and viability of existing businesses in the town centre.
A second event held this week invited participants to head out into the streets for a roving discussion that started and finished at the Goods Shed in the centre of the town, looking at low-cost opportunities to improve or activate areas of the CBD.
Shire President Sarah Stanley said the Business Connection series was part of broader efforts to diversify Collie’s economy to ensure it had a sustainable future.“Our central business district plays an important role as the face of our town for visitors and residents alike, as well as contributing to our economy and providing jobs,” Cr Stanley said.“These sessions are just the first step in an exciting process to look at our CBD with new eyes. I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas are sparked when businesses and property owners come together and work collaboratively to find ways to revitalise our town centre for the benefit of all.”
Some of the ideas generated included the use of art to beautify and re-purpose uninviting spaces, re-designing traffic flow and land uses, shared spaces and resources, promoting Collie’s unique identity, and the quirky use of technological solutions.
The Shire of Collie is working collaboratively with stakeholders and community members as part of its economic development efforts. For more information, or to get involved, contact the Shire on 9734 9000.