UniSC's co-working pitch to Moreton Bay

Published 6:00am 25 February 2024

UniSC's co-working pitch to Moreton Bay
Words by Nick Crockford

Businesses are invited to tap into the innovation ecosystem at the city’s newest co-working space at UniSC Moreton Bay.

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s Moreton Bay campus, supported by City of Moreton Bay Council, has launched a custom-built co-working space.

It will allow businesses to base operations alongside research leaders and the next wave of skilled university graduates.

The space also coincides with a major campus expansion at Petrie, with three new buildings set to open in April.

UniSC Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Helen Bartlett, said 10 workspaces were available to businesses committed to making genuine contributions to the Moreton Bay economy, creating jobs and driving innovation.

“We are inviting expressions of interest particularly from local businesses that align with our teaching and research strengths, including business, communication, computer science and ICT, creative industries, design and interactive media, engineering, environmental science and health,” Professor Bartlett said.

“As Moreton Bay prepares to reach 800,000 residents by 2046, there is a clear need for strong links between industry experts, business leaders, researchers and graduates to ensure we have the workforce to support – and benefit from - this enormous growth.

UniSC's co-working pitch to Moreton Bay
The co-working spaces now available at UniSC.

“The space is starting to attract a lot of interest and there’s an obvious appeal in moving to a high-tech modern campus and joining a network keen to connect and refer business, share information and pilot new ideas in a supportive environment.”

Since opening the Moreton Bay campus in 2020, UniSC has graduated hundreds of students, with many now in local industries including food and agribusiness, tourism, sports and events, advanced manufacturing, health and allied health and high-technology fields.

Second-stage facilities will include additional teaching and learning spaces, research laboratories, an event space, student gym and sports hall, sports science facility, student breakout spaces, outdoor spaces and amenities as well as multi-level parking.

“We’re excited to partner with businesses that have a vision to grow in the city to provide employment for residents and build the sorts of business that will contribute to Council’s development strategy,” City of Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery said.

“By working closely with UniSC, we are helping fast-track that growth. By bringing together innovators, industry leaders, researchers and talented students, residents are empowered to grow their business or even start new industries.

Those wishing to apply to join the space can apply online here.

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