Last week, Oran Park Smart Work Hub developers CoActiv8 held an information session to discuss the direction of the development.
CoActiv8 president Caroline McLaren said the night was a huge success, giving prospective Work Hub users the opportunity to air any concerns or suggestions they had about the development, due to open in October.
“It went really well, about 20 people interested in using the facility came along and a range of topics were discussed,” Ms McLaren said.
“Some of the concerns raised involved confidentiality and work sensitivity — we’ve got quiet booths and plenty of security and privacy for those that need it, which helped to allay their concerns.”
Ellis Lane resident Damien Quinell attended the session and said the Work Hub will not only be great for him personally — saving him three hours a day in travel time — but also the Oran Park community.
“It will be good for Oran Park and the Camden area to have more workers working locally,” he said.
“The economic benefit within the community will be great — people will duck out in their lunch break and get their food, their shopping, dry cleaning.
“One hundred extra people a day getting their coffees and lunches will be such a lift to the economy.”
Ms McLaren said a large portion of the session was dedicated to discussing the informal area of the Work Hub.
“The feedback we received was positive regarding the informal environment — we discussed lounges and couches and a kitchen table, what people might want to use in their breaks,” Ms McLaren said.
“We also discussed how elements of the local environment could be reflected inside the Hub, so you could really tell that it’s the Oran Park hub and not a hub anywhere else in Sydney.”
Mr Quinell is looking forward to the Work Hub’s opening, and plans on using it three times a week.
“Obviously the reduction in commuting is massive — it takes me an hour and 45 minutes each way to get from Camden to North Sydney, and compare that to a 15-minute drive it’s definitely a saving.
“I’ll be getting more sleep by leaving later, which will of course make me more productive.”
“It’s a win for everyone.”