Beyond Zero Emissions: Collie at the Crossroads
The future is uncertain for workers in Collie’s coal industry, long the town’s economic mainstay. The recent announcement of plans to close Muja units 5&6, as well as jobs losses at Griffin Coal, highlights the urgent need for long-term, funded transition planning.
Despite these challenges, the future for Collie and fossil-fuel communities all over Australia is bright, if they can seize the opportunities coming decades will present. The global move to a low-carbon economy presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Collie’s workers. A local workforce geared towards sustainable industry and manufacturing can underpin the next century of prosperity for Collie’s people.
The opportunities outlined in this report are made possible by a broader transition on WA’s main electricity grid. The looming closure of Muja power station is the perfect opportunity for WA to fully harness the state’s renewable energy abundance. A renewable transition and creating a circular economy can lower costs, diversify WA’s economy and create healthier, more sustainable regions.