Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan was in Collie last week to announce the allocation by the McGowan Government of an additional $314,000 for the Collie Motorplex to bring the facility to national standards and create opportunities for major sporting events in the South West.
Civil works are now almost complete on the $2.97 million redevelopment project, which has included extending the existing 1.6-kilometre track to 2.3 kilometres, and upgrading competitor and spectator facilities. The further $314,000 is required to complete site works that would enable the track to be sanctioned by national bodies.
This funding will be used to construct arrester beds, expand run-off areas, replace kerbing and repair existing pavement to achieve accreditation.
Sport and Recreation Minister and Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray said the Collie Motorplex would play a key role in diversifying the Collie economy, with upgrades set to put the town in the mix for nationally significant events.
“Collie Motorplex will play a key role in diversifying the Collie economy, with these upgrades set to put the town in the mix for nationally significant events.
“National accreditation is the next step for the Motorplex and will create new opportunities to attract tourists and create local jobs in town,” said Mr Murray.
“Collie Motorplex is already a great South-West asset, but with these upgrades, it will be able to set its sights on attracting national-level competitions.”
Ms MacTiernan said the State Government wanted to see Collie become a centre for motorsports in regional WA, providing a boost to the local economy and driving job opportunities in the South-West.
“Securing this funding means the Collie community will enjoy all the benefits of a state-of-the-art motorplex that has real national pulling power,” said Ms MacTiernan.
Collie Shire President Sarah Stanley said the funding announcement was welcome news for the town and the region.
“The Collie Motorplex is bringing motorsports tourists to the town for events being held nearly every weekend,” said Cr Stanley. “The potential exists for the complex to start to draw significant crowds from across the country, with flow-on effects to diversify and strengthen the economy of the town and the region.”
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray with Collie Shire President Sarah Stanley.