Brimbank City Council has welcomed an announcement by LaunchVic that it will contribute $100,000 towards establishment of a business co-working space in Brimbank.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the funding from LaunchVic would assist Council in establishing a co-working space in the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre and deliver a program of professional services to promote growth and development including meetups, pitch events, masterclasses and mentoring programs for local entrepreneurs and start ups.
“The business co-working space will provide entrepreneurial spaces and access to start up and entrepreneurial workshops. Local entrepreneurs and start ups will benefit from an environment that promotes collaboration and networking, and provides a professional working and meeting space for its members.
“A business co-working space at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre will provide a vibrant and affordable location for members to focus on their venture, with the support of a thriving ecosystem that includes a program of business mentoring, training and networking events aimed at supporting start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurialism.
“The project will provide an ideal location in Sunshine which can service adjacent suburbs in Brimbank and Melbourne’s West, which traditionally represent some of the highest rates of unemployment.
“These types of facilities are becoming increasingly common in metropolitan Melbourne and make an important contribution to business growth and job creation. The nearest ones to Brimbank are in Maribyrnong and in Melton – so our new co-working space will fill a need in the region around us,” Cr Giudice said.
Council has contributed $100,000 as well as space on level 4 of the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre towards establishment of the business co-working space, which will be located within the centre at 301 Hampshire Road.
The business co-working space is an integral part of Council’s establishment of a Western Business and Education Hub, which will facilitate business development and education/learning provision and facilities in Brimbank.
The Education Hub will be known as Brimbank Learning Futures and will be established in the Visy Cares Hub later this year, providing training opportunities to disadvantaged or disengaged learners aged 15 years and older.
Council has been awarded $1.1 million funding from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund for redevelopment works to create the Education Hub at the Visy Cares Hub and at the Business Hub located in the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre.
The State Government’s Department of Education and Training has provided a grant of $750,000 to assist with the operating costs of Brimbank Learning Futures until June 2020.
The business component of the Hub includes the new business events space and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and LeadWest on level 6 of the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, as well as the business co-working space on level 4.