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A Hub of excitement for business facility

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September 04, 2017

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY: Taylor Tran from Innovation Coworking delivered a session in Echuca this week which helped people understand what a business hub facility could mean for the region. Photo: submitted

ECHUCA-MOAMA is heading in the ‘‘right direction’’ if it wants to create a business hub facility, according to Committee for Echuca Moama.

C4EM in partnership with Bendigo Kangan TAFE Echuca helped people understand the opportunity and value the facility might bring to the twin towns last week.

C4EM chief executive Martin Szakal said the meeting, held at Kangan, was a ‘‘good starting point’’ for conversation.

‘‘We have our HotDesx Project developed and can rollout once the building better regions funding is announced and if we are successful,’’ Mr Szakal said.

C4EM applied for $20,000 to scope the economic environment and appetite for a business hub facility.

‘‘I have just phoned Regional Development Federal Minister Fiona Nash’s office, and we are two weeks away from hearing those outcomes. If unsuccessful, we will find another way,’’ Mr Szakal said.

‘‘The appetite for a local business environment where people can share knowledge, share a professional office environment either full-time, part-time or casual, and share resources, is of interest to many.

‘‘We also know from last week’s session from those who attended, they already have networks of others who are seeking to get out of home and join a professional and progressive environment so it is a real opportunity.

‘‘However, we must follow the process, and ensure we canvass community and see where their appetite lies, across what industries, what type of space they are seeking and how it would be of greatest value to them.’’

This week’s event, titled ‘Innovation Leaders Roundtable - Spotlight on Echuca’, was part of the Victorian Government’s Digital Innovation Festival.

It was delivered by Taylor Tran from Innovation Coworking, who works with many councils and non-government organisations in developing co-working environments.

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