Funding has been announced under the NSW Smart Work Hub Pilot Program for five Smart Work Hubs to be located in Western Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.
The Western Sydney Smart Work Hubs under the NSW Government’s $1.5 million pilot program will be located in:
- Rouse Hill Town Centre – managed by GPT Group
- Oran Park Town – managed by Greenfields Development Company in partnership with Urban Growth NSW, in the centre of Sydney’s fastest growing town
- Penrith – managed by Penrith City Council and located in the CBD.
The two Central Coast projects will be led and managed by Gosford City Council, as part of the redeveloped Kibbleplex Centre, and the Nexus Hub in a North Wyong business park, respectively.
The five Hubs receiving funding under the program will open before 31 December 2014 and operate for a minimum of 12 months.
NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the Smart Work Hubs would offer a wide range of facilities for corporate clients or casual users, including fast broadband, Wi-Fi, video conferencing, meeting spaces, kitchens and onsite IT support.
“New work practices and high speed broadband are changing the way people operate in the knowledge economy and NSW has much to gain from taking a leading position in this emerging landscape,” he said.
“By establishing Smart Work Hubs in Western Sydney and the Central Coast we can help accelerate the many economic and productive benefits of using technology to support smart working practices.”
Data and feedback will be collected from the pilots in the first year to better understand user demand, successful operating models and the benefits for business and the NSW economy.
The Smart Work Hub Pilot Program is a priority initiative under the NSW Economic Development Framework. More information on the pilot program is available on the NSW Trade & Investment website.