Na­tional hon­our for an in­no­va­tive lo­cal work­place hub

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY LEAH AN­DER­SON-BYRNE LAn­der­son­Byrne@ ne­me­

A SMALL workspace hub with big dreams in Wan­garatta has been voted the best re­gional co- work­ing space in Aus­tralia.

Wan­garatta Jewellers Co-work­ing and Tech Hub founder Ro­han Latimer spent an ex­cit­ing few days last month in Wagga Wagga to re­ceive the award for best re­gional co-work­ing space in Aus­tralia at the re­cent 8point8 Wave Award.

The mod­ern of­fice space at 99 Mur­phy Street, in the heart of the city’s CBD, which he runs with Ja­son Townsend and Nate Pey­ton, is clearly start­ing to at­tract na­tion­wide at­ten­tion.

The hub is de­scribed as a “col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nityled space for start-ups, en­trepreneurs, and any work-from-home busi­ness want­ing to get stuff done”.

The 8point8 awards, named after the 8.8 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in re­gional and ru­ral Aus­tralia, is an an­nual event held in Wagga Wagga, that at­tracts tal­ent from across the na­tion to meet for three days to cre­ate a fo­cus on the fu­ture of work in re­gional lo­ca­tions.

Its aim is to as­sist or­gan­i­sa­tions in re­gional and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to bet­ter un­der­stand, em­brace, and take ad­van­tage of in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship in a re­gional con­text.

Mr Latimer said the awards was a “re­ally cool event to be part of”.

“Lots of en­ergy, and I got to speak with a bunch of en­tre­pre­neur and tech start-up peo­ple that are mak­ing waves in their space,” he said.

“It’s been a slow first 18 months of our busi­ness, as the term co-work­ing is still a buzz word for most, but word is now get­ting around with work­ers com­ing to us from as far away as Bright.

“We want to of­fer a bright, cheer­ful, inclusive space for our co-work­ers, and what­ever we’re do­ing seems to be work­ing.”

Since open­ing in 2017, Jewellers Co-work­ing has cre­ated an of­fice space which has sup­ported roughly 20 busi­nesses and start-ups, in­clud­ing web devel­op­ers, copy­writ­ers, cy­ber­se­cu­rity spe­cial­ists, and more.

They are also the hub for Wang Re­pair Cafe, and run sev­eral nights where peo­ple can work on their ideas in a col­lab­o­ra­tive en­vi­ron­ment, and a ta­ble and con­sole games night to have a bit of fun.

Find out more at www. jew­eller­scowork­

PHOTO: Leah An­der­son-Byrne

NUM­BER ONE: Ja­son Townsend and Ro­han Latimer with the 8point8 award for best re­gional co-work­ing space in Aus­tralia.

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