Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner
has announced that three Western Sydney suburbs 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, 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.
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. 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."