A new industry that looks set to create employment in Collie is medical cannabis. The McGowan Government announced on Tuesday it has earmarked $2 million for a medicinal cannabis operation in Collie that it says will create long-term local jobs. The cash, which is coming from the McGowan Government’s Collie Futures Industry Development Fund, will support Stage 1 of Cannaponics Limited’s venture in the town that involves a cannabis research, cultivation, extraction and manufacturing facility.
Cannaponics says Collie offers a perfect climate and excellent growing conditions for cannabis, with lots of sunlight and high annual rainfalls.
According to Cannaponics, stage 1 will see the construction of a 3,000 square metre greenhouse and manufacturing plant that will be capable of producing more than 10 tonnes of dried cannabis flower to then be processed into medicinal products. But the WA Government announcement only mentions a 1,000 sqm greenhouse, laboratory and warehouse, with production capabilities of 1,000kg of dried cannabis and equivalent extracts per year.
Perhaps this is stage 1 of stage 1.
The McGowan Government announcement says the Stage 1 operation is expected to support 50 local trades jobs over 12 months of construction and create approximately 24 permanent jobs on an ongoing basis.