St Hilliers seeks Border trades to work on major Defence project at South Bandiana

Andrew Baxter

Andrew Baxter

SCORES of Border tradespeople are wanted by an Australian construction company for a major Defence project in Wodonga this year.

Integrated property and construction group St Hilliers is seeking contractors and suppliers in Albury-Wodonga to work on a new health centre at South Bandiana.

St Hilliers local industry manager Andrew Baxter said the project would start in the third quarter of this year and finish in 2019.

“Over the course of the project 250 individuals will be inducted on to the site,” he said. 

“The breadth of skill we are looking to certify is far-reaching, with skilled labour required across multiple disciplines such as demolition, concrete supply, electrical, termite protection, security, waterproofing, fencing, tiling, windows, roofing and cladding, as well as indirect services such as labour hire and training groups. 

“It covers every trade from civil to bulk earthworks and finishes.”

Together with Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce and Business Wodonga, St Hilliers will present an industry briefing for local trade businesses looking to be involved in Defence contracts on the Border. 

“This industry briefing is open to all businesses in the region and will provide essential background information on potential supplier chain opportunities for businesses in the local area,” Mr Baxter said.

“We will also hold one on one sessions with guests that cover compliance and the best course of action to take advantage of the opportunities that these contracts present, with the aim of becoming preferred contractors through St Hilliers.

“Collaboration with the communities in which we work has been vital to our success and it is important to us that we increase the number of trainees and Indigenous subcontractors on our projects.”  

The free information session will be held at TAFESpace, 158 Lawrence Street, Wodonga on Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm. To register visit: businesswodonga.com.au