Firing up the Wodonga Logistics Precinct18/02/2022
The Victorian Government is powering up support for Wodonga to build its strength as a logistics hub between Australia’s two biggest cities, backing a plan to expand training for drivers of robotics and autonomous vehicles.
The Government has provided $450,000 in new funding through the Infrastructure Fast Track Fund to enableplanning to expand a driver and forklift training facility.
Wodonga TAFE is based at the Wodonga Logistics Precinct where work is well underway on the Wodonga Gas Gate project, also backed by the Government with a further $2.6 million investment.
The gas gate is tapping into the main high pressure gas line running from Sydney to Melbourne and will deliver a consistent supply of natural gas for industries at the site, encouraging new businesses to set up. Up to 40 jobs have been created throughout the manufacture and construction phases.
The gas gate project is supported through the Bushfire Tourism and Business Fund and complements Wodonga TAFE’s ambitions to enable more workers in freight, logistics and heavy vehicle industries through expansion of its specialist training facility. The new grant enables the TAFE to fast-track a detailed business case to support its vision.
The TAFE’s plan includes development of Logic Park within the logistics precinct to become a training ground for heavy vehicles, robotics and autonomous systems.
Under the proposal, key industries from defence to health would bring specialist vehicles and related technology to Logic Park to test, prove and train drivers to use, enabling Wodonga to be a national leader in delivery of associated qualifications.
Located just off the Hume Freeway, the Wodonga Logistics Precinct is already a crucial hub for supply chains who need to distribute goods nationally. The precinct also has direct access to Murray Valley Highway providing links to Adelaide and key freight hubs around the Murray-Riverina area.
The precinct is now home to major businesses including a Woolworths distribution centre which supports 400 local jobs and XLAM Australia’s cross laminated timber plant which has created 54 local jobs. The gas gate project will enable growth of industries from food production, waste, pharmaceutical and construction to technology.
The Investment Fast Track Fund is part of the Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and helps councils build the infrastructure locals need. For further information, visit Regional Infrastructure Fund.