The Small Business Development Commission (SBDC) Board and exec team love getting out into the region. Last week they chose Collie for their AGM, and took the opportunity to go and talk to local businesses who have accessed IPS Business Advisor Julie Broad through the Tourism Readiness project.
The team heard from locals about the challenges and the great changes Collie has experienced this past year – most notably, the overall excitement about the infrastructure tourism is bringing to town, like the Collie Mural Trail, the opening of Lake Kepwari, and the beautification of the town through the Throssel Street Upgrade funded by the State Government.
The team spent plenty of time getting to know Collie locals and businesses. They held an evening networking meeting at the Collie Golf Club; took a three hour tour of the town with Traaverse, taking in the Wellington Dam Mural, Lake Kepwari, and the Coalfields Museum; and went for a three hour walk through town with Julie meeting local businesses including the Collie River Valley Tourist Information Centre, Crank n Cycles, Retro Respection, White Stones Gifts and Homewares, LJ Hooker, Toscas Boutique and Espresso Bar and the Cheeky Squirrel, before stopping for lunch at Wagon 537.
After two successful days enjoying Collie and its surrounds, the Small Business Development Corporation Board and Exec Team wave good-bye until next time. They are at the Wambenger Mural, which can be found at the back of the ‘Shell’ in Central Park.