When: July 2013 - ongoing

Client: City of Ballarat

Location: To be determined, Ballarat, Victoria

Team: Ammon Beyerle, Michelle Emma James, Margaret Dobson, Samuel Brown, Alexander Fotherby, Micha Woodhouse with Onur Ekinci (Fast Meetings Co) and Sam Cooney

Let's call it Hub 4.0(!) Ballarat CoLab will be a co-working space that brings together creative and new desires for change in Ballarat. Notably it connects a number of local strands over the past few years around space for artists, the collaboration of innovative start-up businesses and community gathering in one place. Ballarat Colab could be one of the first regional co-working spaces in Australia.

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The Ballarat Regional Capital Plan was launched on Tuesday 10 December by the Premier of Victoria, and the 'Ballarat Co-working Hub' was one of the featured projects in this strategic document!

You can read the Ballarat Regional Capital Plan here, Ballarat Co-working Hub on page 19: http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/media/2028838/capital_city_strategy.pdf

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Just months after a trip to The Renew Newcastle: Creating Spaces Conference, Onur Ekinci and Mark Hogan from Fast Meetings Co went on a tour of Hub Melbourne with Anthony Schinck and Jeff Pulford (City of Ballarat), Stuart Benjamin (Regional Development Australia: Grampians) and Haydn Smith (Ballarat Arts Alive). They were inspired to start a similar space in Ballarat. Simultaneously, other Ballarat leaders had been exploring the idea of co-working, especially Shannon Meadows (Brown Bear Projects) and Janelle Ryan (The Little PR Company) - generously sharing their enthusiasm and joining in the discussion.

here studio came to the project through lobbying for community projects with the City of Ballarat, a relationship with Haydn Smith through the CivicCommunityProcessGroup - whilst lobbying for the Ballarat Civic Hall, and Glenn Todd - our friend, a founding member of Hub Melbourne and friend of Onur Ekinci. Learning that Ammon and Michelle were co-founders of Hub Melbourne, Onur met us a number of times during his facilitation of the first phase of the project, and, after an Activation Workshop and a group tour of Hub Melbourne, we took the lead for the second phase: 2 Feasibility Design.

here studio formed a core team, and together we prepared a feasibilty design report which was presented to Council in September 2013. This process included three community workshops: 2.1: Assets + Process, 2.2 Intention + Vision 1, 2.3 Structures + Vision 2.

On 11 November 2013, seventeen people met to vote to incorporate and an interim board was elected. Ballarat Coworking Inc was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit incorporated association on 19 November. Interim board members are Craig Allan (secretary), Mark Hogan, Lucinda Horrocks, Aldona Kmiec, David McGinniss, Shannon Meadows, Claire Sandford and Haydn Smith. In August 2014, the board disbanded.

We are slowly trying to encourage the project to still come to fruition.

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yabby is the name of the Ballarat Coworking Diary - an online newsletter which was launched in October and is now up to its 4th edition! do you remember yabbying in rivers and dams around Ballarat during the summer as a kid? We reckon coworking is very much like yabbying - getting muddy, working together, having fun!

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If you would still like to be involved in the process please sign up here: www.ballaratcolab.com.au
@ballaratcolab
Ballarat Colab Facebook

Our completed Stage 2 Feasibility Study Report, readable online edition is here:

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Some media:
"Co-working hub stalls", The Courier, 10 October 2014
"Dream of a communal working space looks set to become reality for Ballarat", ABC Ballarat, 30 January 2014
"Ballarat - Capital of Western Victoria", 11 December 2013
"Government Support for Coworking in Australia", Darren Sharp, www.shareable.net, 4 July 2013
"Creative Initiatives To Help Drive Innovation", City of Ballarat, 16 May 2013
"Australian Coworking Movement Bands Together", Darren Sharp, www.shareable.net, 12 March 2013

(Last update 6/11/14)


When: July 2013 - ongoing

Client: City of Ballarat

Location: To be determined, Ballarat, Victoria

Team: Ammon Beyerle, Michelle Emma James, Margaret Dobson, Samuel Brown, Alexander Fotherby, Micha Woodhouse with Onur Ekinci (Fast Meetings Co) and Sam Cooney

Let's call it Hub 4.0(!) Ballarat CoLab will be a co-working space that brings together creative and new desires for change in Ballarat. Notably it connects a number of local strands over the past few years around space for artists, the collaboration of innovative start-up businesses and community gathering in one place. Ballarat Colab could be one of the first regional co-working spaces in Australia.

-

The Ballarat Regional Capital Plan was launched on Tuesday 10 December by the Premier of Victoria, and the 'Ballarat Co-working Hub' was one of the featured projects in this strategic document!

You can read the Ballarat Regional Capital Plan here, Ballarat Co-working Hub on page 19: http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/media/2028838/capital_city_strategy.pdf

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Just months after a trip to The Renew Newcastle: Creating Spaces Conference, Onur Ekinci and Mark Hogan from Fast Meetings Co went on a tour of Hub Melbourne with Anthony Schinck and Jeff Pulford (City of Ballarat), Stuart Benjamin (Regional Development Australia: Grampians) and Haydn Smith (Ballarat Arts Alive). They were inspired to start a similar space in Ballarat. Simultaneously, other Ballarat leaders had been exploring the idea of co-working, especially Shannon Meadows (Brown Bear Projects) and Janelle Ryan (The Little PR Company) - generously sharing their enthusiasm and joining in the discussion.

here studio came to the project through lobbying for community projects with the City of Ballarat, a relationship with Haydn Smith through the CivicCommunityProcessGroup - whilst lobbying for the Ballarat Civic Hall, and Glenn Todd - our friend, a founding member of Hub Melbourne and friend of Onur Ekinci. Learning that Ammon and Michelle were co-founders of Hub Melbourne, Onur met us a number of times during his facilitation of the first phase of the project, and, after an Activation Workshop and a group tour of Hub Melbourne, we took the lead for the second phase: 2 Feasibility Design.

here studio formed a core team, and together we prepared a feasibilty design report which was presented to Council in September 2013. This process included three community workshops: 2.1: Assets + Process, 2.2 Intention + Vision 1, 2.3 Structures + Vision 2.

On 11 November 2013, seventeen people met to vote to incorporate and an interim board was elected. Ballarat Coworking Inc was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit incorporated association on 19 November. Interim board members are Craig Allan (secretary), Mark Hogan, Lucinda Horrocks, Aldona Kmiec, David McGinniss, Shannon Meadows, Claire Sandford and Haydn Smith. In August 2014, the board disbanded.

We are slowly trying to encourage the project to still come to fruition.

-

yabby is the name of the Ballarat Coworking Diary - an online newsletter which was launched in October and is now up to its 4th edition! do you remember yabbying in rivers and dams around Ballarat during the summer as a kid? We reckon coworking is very much like yabbying - getting muddy, working together, having fun!

-

If you would still like to be involved in the process please sign up here: www.ballaratcolab.com.au
@ballaratcolab
Ballarat Colab Facebook

Our completed Stage 2 Feasibility Study Report, readable online edition is here:

-

Some media:
"Co-working hub stalls", The Courier, 10 October 2014
"Dream of a communal working space looks set to become reality for Ballarat", ABC Ballarat, 30 January 2014
"Ballarat - Capital of Western Victoria", 11 December 2013
"Government Support for Coworking in Australia", Darren Sharp, www.shareable.net, 4 July 2013
"Creative Initiatives To Help Drive Innovation", City of Ballarat, 16 May 2013
"Australian Coworking Movement Bands Together", Darren Sharp, www.shareable.net, 12 March 2013

(Last update 6/11/14)