Medicinal cannabis company Cannaponics Limited is building a new commercial cultivation, extraction, processing and distribution facility in Colie.
The Cannaponics project, which will create approximately 50 jobs during the 12 months of construction, is being delivered with $2 million in funding support from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said Cannaponics’ 160-acre property near Collie will become home to a 3,600sqm greenhouse and a 2,000sqm manufacture facility.
“The medicinal cannabis industry is rapidly growing and Western Australia is well placed to compete in that industry,” the Minister said, adding that the earthworks contract has been awarded to local Collie business T & R Contracting, partnering with Donnybrook Civil Earthmoving Contractors.
“Stage one of the Cannaponics project is expected to generate 50 jobs during construction, and our focus on local content has ensured a local Collie business has been awarded the first contract.
“The Collie Futures Fund is continuing to attract new and innovative industries to the region, driving local jobs and supporting the town’s transition.”
Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns added: “It’s a very exciting day for Cannaponics Limited who have reached an important milestone of this project.
“Cannaponics is establishing itself as a new industry in Collie which will create long-term local jobs.
“It is also very pleasing to see their commitment to using local contractors for the construction phase of the project.”