The Western Australian regional town of Collie is a thriving industrial centre and the ideal location for International Graphite’s downsteam processing and research and development program.
Strategically positioned 200 kilometres south of the capital city of Perth, Collie is a mature community with extensive infrastructure, efficient transport, a skilled technical workforce, and ready access to power. It is close to export ports and to emerging regional suppliers in the battery and renewable energy chain. It is also 450 kilometres by road from our Springdale Graphite Project – a small distance by Australian standards.
Collie has long been a hub for electricity generation and the local economy is undergoing significant change with two of its three coal-fired power stations set to close by 2030. The WA Government has pledged to invest more than A$662M to support Collie’s economic transition and an estimated A$3.8 billion for new green power infrastructure around the State. International Graphite has been awarded A$2M from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund to help establish its graphite micronising capability.
International Graphite is excited to be playing a key role by helping to attract new jobs and new opportunities for the Collie community. Almost 30 local companies have contributed to the establishment and commissioning of the pilot plant and the Company is working with research institutions, local high schools, the Collie Jobs and Skills Centre, and South-West TAFE to promote STEM careers and encourage training and participation for young people. The Company is a supporter of the much-loved Collie Eagles AFL Football Club and is helping to foster the thriving local arts scene as a sponsor of the biennial Collie Art Prize, one of the biggest regional art awards in Australia.
International Graphite works closely with all relevant local and State Government agencies through each stage of our business’s progression, including the Shire of Collie, South West Development Commission (SWDC) and Western Australian Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI.)