Mo­tor­plex to bring jobs and vis­i­tors

South Western Times - - News - Michael Philipps

THE Shire of Col­lie has re­ceived more than $1 mil­lion in Fed­eral Govern­ment fund­ing for the Col­lie Mo­tor­plex and the Col­lie River Trail and Trail Cor­ri­dor projects.

On Mon­day, O’Con­nor MHR Rick Wil­son an­nounced the shire was awarded $420,000 to un­der­take en­vi­ron­men­tal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the trail cor­ri­dor, re­store sec­tions of the Col­lie River and build a 5km dual-use cy­cle/walk track.

On the same day Mr Wil­son an­nounced a fur­ther $764,000 which would be used to resur­face the Col­lie Mo­tor­plex track, build a pedes­trian over­pass bridge and up­grade the mar­shalling area.

The money for both up­grades come from the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s $641 mil­lion Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund – In­fra­struc­ture Projects.

Col­lie shire pres­i­dent Sarah Stan­ley said trails were a great way to con­nect peo­ple with places, with na­ture, the com­mu­nity and with each other.

“The Col­lie River Trail is a sig­nif­i­cant pro­ject that con­nects our beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral as­sets and ex­ist­ing trail net­work with the fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties of our town cen­tre,” she said.

Mr Wil­son said the trail pro­ject was ex­pected to de­liver eco­nomic ben­e­fits and cre­ate jobs.

“It is an­tic­i­pated that around seven jobs will be cre­ated dur­ing its de­liv­ery and one on­go­ing po­si­tion upon com­ple­tion,” he said.

Mr Wil­son said the Mo­tor­plex pro­ject was ex­pected to de­liver eco­nomic ben­e­fits.

“The up­grade will make the Col­lie re­gion a more at­trac­tive place to live, pro­mote in­clu­sive­ness and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and in­crease vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Around 15 jobs will be cre­ated dur­ing de­liv­ery of the pro­ject, while it is an­tic­i­pated a fur­ther 30 on­go­ing po­si­tions will be avail­able once com­pleted.”

Cr Stan­ley said busi­nesses ben­e­fited from mo­tor­ing fans who vis­ited Col­lie.

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