IT’S A WINNER
National honour for an innovative local workplace hub
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. jewellerscoworking.com.au.
NUMBER ONE: Jason Townsend and Rohan Latimer with the 8point8 award for best regional co-working space in Australia.