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Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to contribute $50,000 to the Collinsville Pit PonyExperience project and $50,000 towards town and regional signage for the Collinsville area.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Collinsville Pit Pony Experience is a unique way for Collinsville tocelebrate their rich mining history and attract tourists to the town.
“Collinsville Business Women’s Group approached Council requesting support for the Collinsville Pit Pony Experience which will consist of the construction of a large bronze pit pony in the centre of town,” she said.
“In the 2014-15 Budget Council made $100,000 available for each of the four townships; AirlieBeach, Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine for town entrance statements.
“The Collinsville Business Women’s Group have requested that this funding be used for theCollinsville Pit Pony Experience and regional signage for the Collinsville area.
“The Collinsville Business Women’s Group have also advised that upon securing Council funding for this project it will make it easier to attract further funding from other sources.
“Council is pleased to be able to support this great community project which is garnering supportfrom all over Australia and uniting the town of Collinsville.
“In 1990, Australia’s last working pit ponies were retired from Collinsville Coal’s No. 2 mine, theywere a much loved part of the mining and broader community.
“The Collinsville Pit Pony Experience celebrates the rich history of the town of Collinsville andprovides a unique tourism experience.
“The Collinsville Business Women’s Group should be commended on their great communityproject.”
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