The centre was scheduled to be opened by TV presenter and entrepreneur Todd Sampson last week; but due to the extreme weather conditions, the opening event has been postponed and the centre has geared up to help business impacted by the floods.
Businesses from the Mid North Coast that have had their normal business activities disrupted by the flood can apply to have complimentary access to the centre's facilities up until Friday, April 16, subject to capacity.
These facilities include co-working desks, private acoustic booths, a 12-person boardroom, a pitch space, a projector and live-feed cameras, a Zoom booth, wi-fi access, a shared kitchen, and access to a selection of the University's leisure and library facilities.
Charles Sturt director of external engagement in Port Macquarie Kate Wood-Foye said the centre has opened just in time to provide much-needed relief for many local businesses.
"We developed our Innovation Hub and co-working space to provide opportunities and support to our local business community," Ms Wood-Foye said.
"With the centre having just been completed, it allows us to provide businesses impacted by the unfolding flood crisis with much-needed complimentary access to our purpose-built business facilities.
"Many local businesses have been flooded or are experiencing severe damage and a prolonged clean-up, which has disrupted their internet and phone access, connection to services and many parts of their operations.
"We're already starting to receive interest from our business community, with the team from Birdon Group the first to use our new centre after their riverfront facility was severely impacted by the floods."
The university partnered with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to deliver the co-working space within the Innovation Hub, with council's economic development team facilitating the administration of subscriptions and services for the new facility.
Council's group manager of economic and cultural development Liesa Davies said staff from council and the university will be onsite at the new centre to provide businesses with information on other support packages and services available to them.
"We hope that by offering these great facilities and services, it means local businesses impacted by the floods can work in a supportive environment to keep the wheels of their business turning and firmly on the road to recovery," Ms Davies said.
Businesses who have been disrupted by the floods and are interested in applying for complimentary use of the university's co-working facilities can apply online via the council's website subject to capacity.
The co-working space was developed to encourage innovation and collaboration and provide a purpose-built, shared working facility for local innovators, start-up founders and business owners.
The co-working space continues to be available to use from 9am to 5pm weekdays with early bird services from 7am to subscribers.
Visit council's website to submit a co-working application for ongoing subscriptions and access to the facility.
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