Premier Mark McGowan test drives Collie’s newest tourism drawcard

09 March 2018
Premier Mark McGowan has travelled to Collie to test out the upgraded track at Collie Motorplex – with the tourism drawcard attracting big crowds, benefiting local small businesses and creating jobs.
  • $314,000 upgrade brings Collie Motorplex up to national standard, attracting tourists and creating jobs
  • Collie economy wins big as visiting motorsport enthusiasts provide new opportunities for local restaurants, hotels, pubs and other small businesses.

Premier Mark McGowan and Minister Mick Murray with Collie Motorplex members

The State Government provided $314,000 to bring the facility up to Australian standards and create opportunities for major sporting events in the South West, including national championships.

The latest upgrade follows the almost $3 million spent in 2017 to extend the track from 1.6 kilometres to 2.3 kilometres and upgrade spectator and competitor facilities.

The work has been completed in line with the highest national safety standards, making the Collie Motorplex a major sports tourism drawcard for Collie and the South West.

Events at the Motorplex support local jobs and benefit the local economy by creating opportunities for a range of small businesses including hotels, restaurants, pubs and tourism operators.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"I'm pleased to see the Collie Motorplex becoming a huge tourism drawcard for the town.

"It's great for motorsport enthusiasts, great for local businesses and great for Collie. 

"The upgrades announced last November have brought the facility up to national standards, paving the way for bigger events and providing a significant boost to the local economy."

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

"The Collie Motorplex is now at a level where our town is in the mix for national events which would provide a huge boost in attracting tourists to Collie.

"Already last month, the Gazzanats event was held at the Collie Motorplex and attracted 3,000 people, including entrants, buddies and spectators.

"That's a huge event for our town with motorsport enthusiasts travelling from all over the State to attend, so it's a win for everyone involved.

"Collie's local businesses see a boost in trade every time there's an event in town."