The Australian Government is delivering $22 million towards a nation-leading Heavy Vehicle Training and Experimentation Precinct in Wodonga, Victoria as part of its $80 million investment in the Albury Wodonga Regional Projects (AWRP).
The innovative facility at Wodonga TAFE Logical Innovation Precinct will transform how heavy vehicle operators are trained, improving safe driving practices and better equipping them for the rapidly evolving transport and logistics industry.
This investment will support construction of a heavy vehicle obstacle circuit, a heavy vehicle repair and maintenance workshop, a main client building and car park, along with upgrades to external infrastructure, and the installation of a state-of-the-art cyber range for simulated courses.
The upgraded facility will support Wodonga TAFE to expand its Heavy Vehicle Technology Program, which is expected to attract up to 1,200 students in four years, and generate more than $70 million in gross regional product.
“Our $22 million investment in this truly trailblazing precinct will overhaul how we build new capability in the transport and logistics industry into the future," Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, Kristy McBain said.
“This one of a kind facility will enable Wodonga TAFE to deliver specialist courses that will attract more apprentices and trainees – who will become our next generation of highly-skilled heavy vehicle operators
“Supporting up to 100 jobs during construction over the next four years, and on-going teaching positions once complete, this facility will also provide a number of opportunities for the local economy in the Albury Wodonga region in the medium and long-term.”
“This is a momentous milestone for Wodonga TAFE and Logical Innovation Precinct, and we are really excited to be at the forefront of future skills, jobs and technologies, benefiting our communities and industries," Wodonga TAFE Chief Executive Officer Phil Paterson said.
The Victorian Government also backed the project, with funding of $450,000 delivered last year through Regional Development Victoria, to support Wodonga TAFE fast track the necessary planning.
Construction of the facility will commence in 2024, and is expected to be completed in 2026.