New Oakdale Centre – building update

Work is progressing ahead of plan to build a new $2.5 million Training and Manufacturing Centre at Oakdale Industries.

Oakdale construction site

When complete, the Centre will include a new large workshop space, training room and office amenities next to the existing facility at Warrane.

Funding for the project has been provided under the Australian Government’s Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, along $1.5 million worth of new timber manufacturing equipment which will be housed in the new centre.

After earthworks and site preparation in recent months, the concrete slab for the workshop was poured in late September and the metal framing is being erected. The building is expected to be completed by the end of December, with equipment installed in the New Year.

The new facility will allow trainees to learn work skills and gain valuable experience on the latest technology timber manufacturing equipment, increasing their employability in the broader industry.

The grants custom-built facility will enable trainees to learn industry standard work skills in a state-of the art facility.

The project is also expected to generate an additional nine jobs positions over two years. The Warrane operation currently employs 40 people, including 32 supported employees.

Thank you to the Australian Government, Clarence City Council and project partner, Solutions Two, for their support for this project, which secures the future of Oakdale Industries.