Awards, Grants & Funding

Community Small Grants Fund

Round Two of the 2018/19 Community Small Grants Fund is now open.

Applications must be submitted to Shire of Collie, 87 Throssell Street, Collie WA 6225 or by email to by 4.30pm Friday 8th March 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Community Small Grants Fund Round 2 2018/19

Recipients of Round 1 2018/19 were:

Collie PCYC for Tools and Trails project
WAERA for the Tom Quilty Gold Cup
Collie Horse and Pony Club for a Kitchen Fit Out

Australia Day

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

Congratulations to the 2019 Australia Day award winners:

Shire of Collie Environmental Award – Friends of the Collie River

The friends of the Collie River are a subcommittee of the Rotary Club of Collie. Working alongside Shire and community members over the past year they undertook extensive work to revegetate sections of the Collie River, planting some 10,000 seedlings. The Friends of the Collie River Group has encouraged participation from youth groups and schools in their activities, spreading the caring for our environment message and educating for the future. The work undertaken by this group reflects the concern for the environment shown by The Rotary Club of Collie and helps improve and rehabilitate Collies waterways for all residents.

Shire of Collie Community Group of the Year – Collie P.C.Y.C.
Collie PCYC works closely with the West Australian Police to deliver structured, tailored, engaging programs to the youth of Collie in a positive and safe environment. Through recreational and specialised programs Collie PCYC continues to build a great relationship with the local community which enables them to plan around the community’s needs. Collie PCYC has a qualified case manager onsite, for people in need of support and guidance. The centre is a safe environment where young people can come and chat about any issues they may be dealing with and receive help and support. Collie PCYC through the new “StreetGym” program caught the attention of Gymnastics Australia and were given the national launch of the new “FreeG Kids” Program. Collie PCYC then went on to host the first “FreeG/Streetgym” competition in the State. The successful Gymnastics and Air Rifles programs have consistently produced State level competitors. The “Safe Space” program has doubled the number of youth attending in less than a year showing the positive and safe environment provided are valued by those who need it most.

Shire of Collie Young Citizen of the Year – Hayden Barber
Hayden first came to the Coalfields Museum in 2017 for the induction program and has been a constant volunteer since. Despite his tender age of 17 at the time he came with a wealth of knowledge as he is a keen collector of bottles, number plates, signs and boxes among other things. Initially he was responsible for assisting in the identifying and displaying of the bottle collection which is now named and displayed at the museum. Hayden also sorted through our large collection of number plates allowing the museum to evaluate those that have significance to Collie. Because of his vast knowledge in his chosen fields of collecting artefacts, Hayden was asked to join a selected group of experienced valuers brought together from Perth and the South-West to value items brought forward by the public at our Antiques Roadshow as part of Festiv Arty 2018. Often volunteering is the domain of older people and retirees, it is rare to encounter a young person with the depth of knowledge and passion that Hayden has.

Shire of Collie Citizen of the Year – Ian Bushell

Born and raised in New South Wales, Ian moved to Collie over 40 years ago after being transferred by Coles as the new manager. With his wife Judy, they have owned local businesses and Ian worked at Worsley for 30 years. During his time at Worsley Ian introduced the Ruggies Recycling project to the refinery, when he retired in 2012 the project had donated over $500,000 to PMH and RFDS. As Deputy Chairman of the Collie Mining Heritage Group Ian became involved in many projects and is still working towards the restoration of the Roundhouse and other heritage sites. Ian is an active member of the Lions Club of Collie, he sits on the board of management and is the coordinator of the annual Christmas Pageant, a successful and popular event that continues to thrive under his leadership. Ian was Deputy Chairman of the Collie River Valley Marketing Group, he was instrumental in the upgrade of the Harris Dam recreation area and was also a driving force behind the video project to promote Collie as a tourist destination. Ian was the Project Manager for the Men’s Shed, a 3-year project and was the mens shed coordinator for the first 2 years of operation. He now spends time there helping wherever he can to make sure it remains the success it has become.

Sporting Scholarships

Sporting Scholarship Application
Assistance can be provided as a sporting scholarship of $250 for an individual or up to $500 where 3 or more residents are selected in a Western Australian State or Australian National representative team.

Sports Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Sports Person of the Year Awards are open.
Sportsperson of the Year Nomination 2019 Form
Junior Sportsperson of the Year Nomination 2019 Form
Special Achievement Nomination 2019 Form
Volunteer of the Year Nomination 2019 Form



2018 Sports Person of the Year – Shaun Pianta – Para-Alpine Skiing
After losing 90 per cent of his eyesight in 2008, Shaun took up Para-alpine skiing in 2012 after a Disabled Wintersport expo in Melbourne. Shaun qualified for this year’s Paralympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea after competing in several global competitions in 2017. After suffering an injury in January 2018, he undertook an intensive rehabilitation before returning to the snow at the Australian Para-Alpine Team’s training camp in Colorado. Pianta and sighted guide Jeremy O’Sullivan were selected and competed in the Australian team to at the 2018 Winter Paralympics, finishing 14th in the Slalom Visually impaired division.

2018 Junior Sports Person of the Year – An-ne Pelser – 11 years old – Little Athletics
During the 2017/18 Season An-ne broke records in Shot Put, Discus, Javelin and High Jump and had 50 personal best achievements for the Collie River Valley Little Athletics Club. She went on to compete in four state events, at the Gosnells LAC Multi Event she placed 3rd overall, at the Dale LAC Multi Event she placed 2nd overall. At the Bunbury Country Championships she placed first in five events and broke the discus championship record. At the State Track and Field Championships she again took out first place for Discus and is the current State Champion.

2018 Robinson-Hannan Volunteer of the Year Award – Jamie Moloney- Cycling
Jamie Moloney has had a lifetime association with the Collie Cycle Club, being a competitor throughout his childhood and youth and following in his father Bill’s footsteps as a willing worker and committee member in adulthood. Jamie has served as a Collie Cycle Club committee member since 2003 and took on the position as secretary/treasurer in 2005, a position he has held until now. Jamie has major input into helping organise and coordinate both the Tom Lowry Memorial Race and the Collie to Donnybrook Return Classic- both which have grown since his time on the committee. Jamie has spent countless hours volunteering time to both these events and organising everything from traffic management to licences, fundraising and promotion. Over many years Jamie has dedicated time and energy to ensuring the continued existence of the Collie Cycle Club and its history in the town of Collie.

2018 Special Achievement – Collie Cricket Club Year 8s 2017/2018
The year 8 team were premiers in the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association for season 2017/2018. Aaron Worlley coached the team to victory. Players Aaron Worlley, Zak Reuben, Josh Elliott, Brayden Coverley, Taj Jackson, Liam Wilson, Max Ireland, Judd Rinder, Jackson Broadbent, Robbie Chitty, Baxter Miller.

2018 Wall of Champions inductees
Darren O’Brien – AFL
Darren O’Brien started his footballing career with the Collie Eagles Football Club as a junior player before moving up to the league team and playing in the winning 1987 Premiership team. Darren then moved to play for West Perth Football Club in 1994. Darren played 63 league games for West Perth where he won the Falcons’ Fairest and Best Award in 1994 and went on to play in the 1995 WAFL premiership. Darren was drafted by Melbourne Football Club and played 24 AFL Games between 1996 and 1997. Darren has a place on the Melbourne Demons Honour Board as a prestigious Harold Ball Memorial Trophy winner. Finishing his career back with West Perth Football Club, Darren played 19 games and kicked 14 goals in what was his last season in the 1998 WAFL competition.

Brendan Retzlaff – AFL
Playing for The Collie Eagles as a Junior and then playing in the winning 1987 Premiership team, Brendan went on to play in the WAFL for Swan Districts Football Club in 1989. Representing Western Australia 4 times, he picked up The Simpson Medal in 1991 for his performance as best on ground. In 1990 Brendan was draft picked to the AFL by Collingwood Football Club, then moved to the Brisbane Bears Football Club in 1991. After 15 games for the Queensland club, Brendan came home to the West Coast Eagles, finishing his AFL career playing as a foundation member for the Fremantle Football Club in 1994 with a total of 24 games in the country’s top competition. Returning to WAFL Club Swan Districts, in 1997 he was named as Captain in what would be his final year in the WAFL league.