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Annual Review: TechSpace on the Move

From: Steve D.
Sent on: Monday, April 15, 2013 2:01 PM
Hi to all members and supporters.

We have been reviewing our first full year's accounts (our financial year ends 31 Dec) and our first 18 months of operations. More about this will be summarised in the President's Report for our upcoming AGM (we will release the Notice of AGM shortly). However in the meantime, in light of the review, we have decided that we can refine TechSpace further according to what works and what has not worked so well so far.

One key specific change we think will benefit us will be to move to a different type of space that is most suitable for our core HackerSpace operations, while leaving the Co-working  group in Nind St. They are happy to continue there independently, can rearrange the entire space to suit them better, and advise us that they can now support themselves financially. 

The HackerSpace group need a much more modest centre of operations, essentially something like a double-garage on a residential property or a small unused commercial site, with the following facilities:
  • minimum need:
    • room to store our gear, set up our racks, the fridge and some of our benches
    • be able to meet on one week-night and one half day on weekends
    • power
    • toilet
  • nice to have:
    • access to internet, or a phone line that we can get internet onto
    • simple kitchen facilities, or at least access to water if we can make a camp-kitchen
    • prefer somewhere in Southport, Bundall, Ashmore, Parkwood, Arundel, Biggera Waters, Labrador, although we will consider all suburbs further out as well.
This is where you come in. We are keen to find a place that matches these criteria ASAP, eg  that we can get for no more than $300/month. If you know of anywhere please email us at [address removed]

The expectation is that we will continue in this mode for a while, and hold occasional events like Barcamps at other places, eg Griffith Uni. Further down the track, we still are keen to move into a place of our own from where we can run these events and also workshops and training/education programs. However these might never be all run at the same place. Our main priority is to stop paying the rents that we have been paying until now, as least for a while, as they have prevented us from channeling our limited members's subscriptions into assets, events and programs that would make us more attractive to new members.

Many Thanks
Gold Coast TechSpace Committee

Steve Dalton, President & Co-Founder
Gold Coast Tech Space
Shop 4, 21 Nind St, Southport, Q 4215
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