Have your say on a collaborative coworking space

Posted Friday 26 April, 11:17am

Ararat Rural City Council wants to hear from small business owners, students, freelancers, people needing a “hot desk” and budding entrepreneurs to gauge interest in a coworking space in which to collaborate and cultivate relationships.

CEO Dr Tim Harrison said Council was currently conducting a survey and would love to hear from as many people as possible to gauge interest in such a facility, which would be located in Ararat.

Dr Harrison said coworking spaces aim to provide small businesses and other people who regularly work alone with a space they could hire and use for business purposes as well as to collaborate and network.

These types of facilities often provide equipment and services such as Wi-Fi, printers, meeting rooms, and spaces in which to hold events.

The space would also be for people who need a temporary place to work, often called a “hot desk”, such as parents who drop their children at school or kindergarten and need access to the internet during that time, or people who are travelling through town and need an office for a short period.

The space would also be available for hire for events such as workshops and meetings based on the community’s needs.

“Council feels this could be a really fantastic facility to have in our region and we would like to gauge the level of interest out there in the community,” Dr Harrison said.

“If you are someone who would really benefit from such a coworking space, I urge you to complete our survey and let us know how you would use such a facility.”

The Council is keen to hear from anyone who would potentially use the coworking space and is happy to hear further suggestions about how it could be used and the equipment and services it could provide.

An online version of the survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/araratcoworkingspace. You can also pick up a hard copy of the survey from the Council office at 59 Vincent Street, Ararat, or from Foragers Café (Ararat), Fred & Bets Café (Ararat), the Ararat Regional Library, the Pomonal General Store or Three Blooms Florist (Ararat). The survey closes on April 29.