A boost for telecommuters at Alkimos Beach
An idyllic location next to the ocean doesn’t have to come with a long commute
The way we work is changing. As technology makes anytime, anywhere working a possibility, more and more Australians are choosing to work from home.
In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics tells us that 3.5 million Australians now work from home. Of those, about 1.3 million people say they choose to work from home to have a rent-free home office, to take advantage of flexible workplace arrangements, for childcare reasons, and to spend more time with family.
As more people look to balance work and lifestyle, Alkimos Beach, north of Perth, presents an alluring case study.
The first development in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating, Alkimos Beach features fibre-to-premises internet in every home to encourage teleworking. A key part of the community landscape at Alkimos Beach is Sprout Hub, a central area for remote workers to gather to share ideas and experiences, for micro-businesses to get off the ground and community groups to get started. Whether its a desk away from the office or home, a place to host a meeting with great coffee or a space to start up that dream idea, Sprout Hub is there to help. . “The Sprout Hub concept is a simple idea that gives residents a place to call their own in the very beginning of a new housing development,” says the Hub’s Project Manager, Jasmyn Woodford. “There is usually quite a lag between when residents move in and when community infrastructure is built. The Sprout Hub bridges that gap. “You can’t beat Alkimos Beach’s sun, sand and clear skies, but the people are what really make it a special community to work in,” Jasmyn adds.
What’s more, 10 cents from every dollar that residents spend at Sprout Hub goes into the Seedling Fund, a community-led grant initiative that is helping local groups to do great things in the community.
While working from home has its upsides, people who work from home can often report feeling isolated. Social initiatives like Sprout Hub may provide the solution.