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THE strength of the Border's new homes
market has driven a million-dollar
investment in the industry.
In early October the Master Builders
Association of Victoria unveiled its
new offices and training centre in
The Hovell Street centre includes
a training room for 40 people and a
far cry from what the organisation
admits were modified tea rooms at
its old base.
Executive director Brian Welch
said it was a major investment in a
"The value of building work in
Wodonga increased by 47 per cent
last financial year compared to the 2008-09
period," he said.
"Building activity increased 30 per cent in the
neighbouring Indigo shire.
"Accessible training is vital to the continued
health of the building and construction industry
and this new facility is our way of investing in the
"This new building is a major milestone for
our organisation, we enjoy a steadily improving
profile on either side of the Border.
"We train 11,000 people a year and the new
Wodonga training centre will allow up to 5000
people to train (locally) each year.
"Our new facilities will service not only Albury
and Wodonga but surrounding areas including
Yarrawonga, Mulwala and beyond.
"The new office will also offer access to
building surveyors, building permits, builders'
licensing and stationery and contracts."
Mr Welch believes the Wodonga building
boom was in part the result of a council that had
kept pace with the demand for blocks.
"Certainly the stimulus packages and first
home buyer grants played
their role," he said.
"But our members say
there has been a change of
thinking within the council,
that there are more blocks
available at a wider range of
prices and that has helped
Mr Welch said their training
focused on the professional
aspects of the industry.
"We are not a trade trainer, that is well catered
for by the TAFEs," he said.
"We teach our members about the business
of building --- being a quality tradesman is a
good start but builders need to be smart about
The value of building work in
Wodonga increased by 47 per
cent last financial year compared
to the 2008-09 period
l Carpenter Jake Parkin, of
Modem Construction Group,
Brad Andrews, of Brad Andrews
Landscaping, and Graeme
Chugg, director of the Modem
Construction Group, which
renovated the centre.
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