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July 23, 2024 9:58 PM

Lessons From Collie

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BY DI SNEDDON

State Secretary from the Australian Metal Workers Union in Western Australia, Steve McCartney, was joined by residents of Collie to share their transition experiences with the Upper Hunter community at a forum organised by Hunter Jobs Alliance in Singleton last week.

Experienced voices from Collie suggested the Upper Hunter be ahead of the game when it comes to transition.

“We needed to make sure everyone gets a permanent job and with help from government and industry lead by the community we formed a group to map the skillsets needed and the opportunities,” Steve said.

The message they shared was that any transition needs to be driven by community and that community should be acting now.

So, what is the plan for Collie?

“As the energy system changes, the future has become more uncertain for workers in Collie’s coal industry and planning must begin now to secure the town’s future,” Steve said.

Their plan is to create 1,750 good new jobs in the Collie- Bunbury region; repower southwest WA with 100 per cent renewable electricity; create sustainable new industries in manufacturing, low carbon materials and recycling; and support the Collie community as the coal industry winds down.

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