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Thursday 26 June 2014
WESTERN SYDNEY WINS THREE SMART WORK HUBS
Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner today announced the three Western Sydney suburbs that have been selected as locations for ‘Smart Work Hubs’, offering commuters alternative work locations closer to home.
The Western Sydney Smart Work Hubs under the NSW Government’s $1.5 million pilot program will be located in:
Mr Stoner said the three projects would be up and running by the end of the year and would operate for a minimum of 12 months.
“A ‘Smart Work Hub’ is a facility or space that offers workers an alternative to working in their normal place of work or working from home – teleworking from a ‘third space’ that is usually focused around large commuter populations, like Western Sydney,” Mr Stoner said.
“About 33 per cent of workers living in Western Sydney commute outside the region for work and because of the distances involved, their average commuting time is around 35 to 50 per cent longer than the Sydney average.
“Anyone who has had to fight their way through peak hour traffic, or experienced long commutes to get to their work place, should be excited by the huge potential of this initiative.”
Mr Stoner said the three 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,” Mr Stoner said.
“By establishing Smart Work Hubs in Western Sydney, we can help accelerate the many economic and productive benefits of using technology to support smart working practices.
• 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; and
• Penrith – managed by Penrith City Council and located in the CBD.
“We’ll be collecting data and feedback on the pilots in their first 12 months to better understand user demand, successful operating models and the benefits for business and the NSW economy.”