Collie is a town in Western Australia (WA), located in a very large hole 159 kilometres (99 mi) from Perth near the junction of the Collie and Harris Rivers, in the middle of dense jarrah forest and the only coalfields in WA. Collie has a population of around 9,000 people.
Collie is mainly known as a coal producing centre, but also offers industrial, agricultural and aquaculture tourism industries. Muja Power station is located east of the town, and to its west is the Wellington Dam, a popular fishing, swimming and boating spot.
Collie was once referred to as a “dirty mining town”, but on April 8, 2006, it won the Australian Tidy Towns Competition from finalists from six States and the Northern Territory. Collie was named the top Tidy Town because of the commitment of the community to recycling, waste management, beautification and community projects.
Collie is a place with the feel of a small town, a strong industrial base, and roots in the beautiful forests of the South West. Facilities there are first rate and make the town one to consider whether your move to the South West is for work, to bring up a family, or to set up your retirement.
Education, sporting, medical, shopping facilities are all there and if there is something that’s needed that only a bigger city can deliver, Bunbury is less than an hour away and Perth is within 2 and a half hours.
Unlike many towns in the 21st century, Collie has an industrial background and is happy to embrace that and to promote it. This offers a distinct feeling, and may offer some of the best hope for the future, as the town is welcoming to properly controlled industrial developments, which often suffer “knee jerk” resistance elsewhere. Collie is set amongst rolling hills with many homes in Collie boasting magnificent views over State Forrest and the Town, while a short walk from most homes will lead you to the picturesque Collie River or Bushland.