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Ideas sparked for Collie’s town centre

More than 50 local business owners, property owners and community members gathered to share their experiences and generate ideas to activate Collie’s central business district at a community workshop held last week.

The 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.

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.

“This first session was 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.”

The first session aimed to identify some of the core issues with Collie’s central business district and used a creative process to spark ideas for improvement.

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 other stakeholders, including the State government, South West Development Commission, Collie Chamber of Commerce, Collie Visitor Centre, Ngalang Boodja, Collie River Valley Marketing, industry representatives, unions and interested community members as part of its economic development efforts.

For more information, or to share your ideas to revitalise Collie’s CBD, contact Shire CEO David Blurton on 9734 9000 or Shire President Sarah Stanley on 0408 344 833.

Posted in Business Hub, Future, Love Collie, Shire, Stories

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