The Australian Government will provide $22 million in funding for a Heavy Vehicle Training and Experimentation Precinct at Wodonga TAFE in Victoria.
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 in expanding its Heavy Vehicle Technology Program, which is expected to attract up to 1200 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,” said Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, Kristy McBain.
“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.”
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator the Hon Carol Brown added, “The upgrade of the Logic Park campus will provide a range of innovative facilities that will expand on the learning opportunities within the Heavy Vehicle Technology Program, and address skills shortages across this key national industry.
“This enhanced learning environment will improve the efficiency of heavy vehicle operators, and mean that they are equipped with advanced skills to improve their overall safety on our roads.”
The Victorian Government has also backed the project, with $450,000 in funding delivered last year through Regional Development Victoria, to support Wodonga TAFE fast the planning stage.
Construction of the facility will commence in 2024 and is expected to be completed in 2026.