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A Just Transition for Collie

Collie is a community of 8,812 people located on the Boodja (Country) of the Wilman (Freshwater) peoples of the Bibbulmun Nation. Collie has a strong community spirit and a long history of people supporting each other. 

CJU has been working to support a just transition in Collie for a number of years now. 

In 2019, CJU was involved in a process with Collie community and Beyond Zero Emissions which produced a report in 2019 called 'Collie at the crossroads: Planning a future beyond coal.' The report identified industry opportunities for the Collie community as it moves away from coal extraction and energy generation, such as land regeneration, social care, renewable manufacturing, and low emission industries.

In 2020, following the release of Collie’s Just Transition Plan, Collie community partners and CJU identified the need to embed climate justice in Collie’s transition, with a whole-of-community social justice approach that leaves no one behind and addresses the environmental and social impacts of climate change.

Most recently, we have collaborated with Collie community members and Edith Cowan University’s Centre for People, Place and Planet (CPPP) to undertake a social justice analysis of Collie’s just transition and the existing and future threats from climate change. The project supports Collie’s Just Transition Plan of the WA government. But it goes further to ensure that the needs of Boodja (Country) and the whole Collie community are included. We call this 'a just transition for Collie that leaves no one behind'.

A Just Transition for Collie That Leaves No-one Behind

image of front cover of report titled A Just Transition for Collie that leaves no one behind. A large image of Collie dam is across half of the page

This report shares the experiences and perspectives of more than 200 Collie community members about economic, social, cultural, and environmental changes due to the transition from coal-fired energy production and climate change.

It highlights the importance of including the voices and needs of people in all their lived experiences, particularly people who are frequently marginalised in the community, to support the transition to help build a stronger, cleaner, and fairer community.

The findings in this report can support the process of planning and implementing Collie’s transition to build on these community strengths.

The reports contain 7 key strategies developed by the community for a successful transition with the longer version including a summary of the elements of transformative policy development. 

You can find the community report here (a shorter version) and the full referenced version (ideal for policy and strategic campaigner folks) here

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What Next
We look forward to continuing this journey and collaborating with others.

Our next step is a series of Action Planning Workshops for Collie community members to develop actions for the just transition to be fair and inclusive. Together we can create a blueprint for the future that will ensure a just transition for Collie that leaves no-one behind.

To attend future workshops or hear more contact CJU:

Call: +61406722066

ABN: 23767498078

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We acknowledge that we begin our work as The Climate Justice Union on the Boodja (land) of the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We honour the Wadjuk people and their kin in other Nations and Country across these lands and waters, who have always cared for this place and all who lived here.

We acknowledge First Nations Elders past and present, and acknowledge that those of us living here, who came from across the seas, live on land that was taken, stolen. We acknowledge the responsibility that comes with this understanding and that we personally and collectively benefit from this theft.

As such, we all have a responsibility to decolonise ourselves, our lives and work, and to heal the harm these oppressive systems have inflicted.

Click here to read our full acknowledgements

We are a community union and do not cover you in your workplace. All Climate Justice Union members are also encouraged to join the relevant industrial union. Click here to find your industrial Union.

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