New co-working hub to offer business, training and community benefits

Leaders from across the region’s business, community, training and arts communities have come together in praise of the newly opened Workspace 2580, Goulburn’s co-working and community hub.

GOOD JOB: Mayor Bob Kirk congratulated the Workspace 2580 convenors at the co-working and community hub's networking event.

GOOD JOB: Mayor Bob Kirk congratulated the Workspace 2580 convenors at the co-working and community hub's networking event.

About 50 people attended the opening on Friday, November 4.

“This is a … community-owned effort, as witnessed by the transformation that has taken place here, largely through volunteer efforts” said hub project coordinator Dr Ursula Stephens.

Plans for Workspace 2580 began more than 18 months ago. The community and business hub at 56 Clinton Street has had much support from volunteers and regional businesses and groups.

Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor Bob Kirk signed a partnership agreement with Dr Stephens at the Friday function as the venture’s foundation partner, with significant support for its start-up phase.

Workspace 2580’s services will include co-working spaces, high-speed internet, meeting and conference facilities, and a program of workshops, seminars and other training. 

It will be fully self-funded through its activities and services. It is also hoped that it will provide opportunities for ‘telecommuting’ workers.

Groups operating from Workspace2580 include the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre, Relationships Australia, Southern Tablelands Arts, Carers’ Assist, the Canberra Region Joint Organisation of Councils, Think Recruitment, the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce and the Goulburn Community College.

“This is a fantastic facility,” said Southern Region BEC manager Graham Baxter. “It reflects the growing trend for entrepreneurial businesses to work from co-working spaces.

“Over the last 12 months or so there’s been a greater emphasis around start-up businesses and we are seeing more people become more innovative and entrepreneurial.

“To have a facility like this, where start-up businesses can come and work in a co-working space … will be a very positive thing and something that we welcome.”

Bookings: workspace2580.cobot.me or call 4821 3350.