$1.5M initiative to fund the establishment of (teleworking) Smart Work Hubs for the Western Sydney and the NSW Central Coast Regions
Regional Development Australia Central Coast has welcomed Minister Stoner’s announcement of a $1.5M initiative to fund the establishment of (teleworking) Smart Work Hubs for the Western Sydney and NSW Central Coast regions.
Regional Development Australia Central Coast Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Mouland has praised the NSW Government for including the NSW Central Coast in its priorities announcements for 2014 Industry Growth due to the potential positive impact to the Central Coast’s large commuter base.
John Mouland said, “The NSW Government’s announcement stems from recommendations of the NSW Digital Economy Industry Action Plan: “Implement telecommuting and telepresence hubs”. These essential smart work hubs will reduce traffic congestion, improve productivity and provide opportunities to regional and rural workers to participate more equally in the Digital Economy.”
“This funding announcement will allow pilot projects to be developed that will explore how modern management practices and innovative work cultures can help grow knowledge based industries, support flexible work practices and offer commuters an alternative work location closer to home”, Mr Mouland said.
In response to the announcement, Regional Development Australia Central Coast will be working with Innov8 Central to coordinate a regional expression of interest for funding available as part of the initiative and will align the region’s response with the Central Coast Teleworking Strategy.
John Mouland said, "The Central Coast Teleworking Strategy has been developed by a collaboration of leading regional stakeholders under the leadership of private industry and with the support of Regional Development Australia Central Coast”.
One of the main objectives of the Strategy is to develop a regional network of Smart Work Hubs on the Central Coast that will provide co-working spaces for collaborative innovation projects across all sectors and different organisations, designed to reduce the wasted hours that local residents spend commuting out of the region and directly improve productivity and enhance work/life balance.
The outcomes of the Expression of Interest are expected to be finalised by the end of March 2014.