Central Coast Smart Work Hub saving workers dozens of hours commuting each week
17 December 2014
A new Smart Work Hub on NSW's Central Coast will help reduce the number of workers who need to undergo long commutes to get to work and make the NSW workforce more efficient and productive.
Around 40,000 residents currently commute outside the Central Coast region each day for work – mainly to Sydney or the Hunter region. NSW Trade & Investment has helped address this situation by supporting the opening of the Nexus Smart Hub.
The North Wyong facility opened in early December 2014 and allows up to 50 workers to access offices, video-conferencing facilities, secure storage areas, a kitchen and meeting rooms.
The facility is co-located next to a data centre and as a result offers high-speed broadband services. It also contains nearby facilities such as child care services, a gym, food outlets and service station.
This important facility enables Central Coast employees to get their day's work done without having to leave their local area, allowing them to spend less time on the train or road and more time with their families.
The Nexus Smart Hub is one of five centres funded through the NSW Government's $1.5 million Smart Work Hub Pilot Program.
One worker who is saving more than five hours of travel per day, Roy Quigley, says the workstations, offices and conference room are great.
"The work hub is a bit of a gift to me. I'm still pinching myself."
If this pilot project proves successful, it has the potential to provide a common-sense and relatively low-cost 21st century solution to help reduce the number of workers who need to undergo long commutes to get to work and make the NSW workforce more productive.
Funding from NSW Trade & Investment has helped establish the Wyong facility for a 12-month trial. The funding includes a user subsidy which means workers will get a reduced rate and public service workers can access the centre for just $5 a day for the next six months.
Two other Smart Work Hubs have already opened, at Rouse Hill and Oran Park, with a third soon to follow at Penrith. A Smart Work Hub has also been funded at Gosford and this is expected to be open by the first quarter of 2015.