Minister Shaun Leane launched the Boosting Coworking Voucher Program on February 4 2022
Eastern Metropolitan Partnerships Media Release – 4th February 2022
Councils in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs are embracing the future of work through pop-up coworking spaces that are supporting local economic development and recovery, social connection and networking.
Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane visited the Eastern Innovation today to meet with small businesses and participating councils who have embraced this alternative way of working.
Through the Victorian Government’s Eastern Metropolitan Partnership, $75,000 is being provided to boost local access to coworking spaces through $100 vouchers that can be used on a range of coworking facilities.
The program delivers on the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership’s priority of boosting regional resilience and recovery, seeking to ensure that the region can bounce back from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Workers, including freelancers, small businesses or community members seeking alternative working spaces are being offered vouchers to access to individual workstations and pods, teleconferencing facilities, meeting rooms and COVID Safe workshop spaces.
Since launching in November 2021, 130 people across Manningham, Maroondah, Knox, Monash, Yarra Ranges Shire and Whitehorse City Councils have taken up the offer to trial coworking in their local area.
This includes the establishment of a pop-up coworking site in Monbulk, as part of the recovery effort following the severe storm event in June last year.
Led by Flexible Workspace Australia, 10 coworking organisations are taking part in the program, which is supporting workers as we continue to adapt and navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Metropolitan Partnerships connect local communities directly with state and local governments, and advise on the top priorities for jobs, services and infrastructure across the metropolitan regions.
There is a metropolitan partnership for each of Melbourne’s regions, including Inner Metro, Inner South-east, Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern. To find out more about the Eastern Metropolitan Partnerships, visit: suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/eastern partnership