Port Stephens Council community connect program to fund use of meeting space

Spark CoWork founders Naomi Farrelly and Rebecca Morley.
Spark CoWork founders Naomi Farrelly and Rebecca Morley.

Community groups in Port Stephens in need of meeting space are set to benefit from a local government grants scheme announced last week.

Spark CoWork at Salamander Bay have secured funding that will permit charity and not-for-profit groups to utilise the space over the next few months at no cost.

The popular co-work hub provides access to on-site meeting rooms, dedicated hot desks and office equipment.

A recent addition is The Nook Espresso (open five days a week from 6am to 2pm), which provides the option of coffee, healthy treats and lunches on-site. 

Spark CoWork founders Rebecca Morley and Naomi Farrelly said that the Port Stephens Community Connect program – which is distributing $170,000 in total across Port Stephens – was one way of giving back to organisations that contribute to the local community.

“We are all about building business community and this funding makes it possible for us to offer community-focused organisations the opportunity to not only conduct their business in a professional and welcoming environment, but also connect and build relationships with other operators.” Farrelly said. 

“Take-up of the offer has so far been very encouraging, with five community groups responding almost immediately.”

To harness greater insight to the needs of other groups around Port Stephens, Spark CoWork will host an open day for not-for-profit, charity and community groups on Saturday, August 18, from midday to 2pm.

Guests will enjoy a complimentary light lunch and presentation by Beyond Bank community development manager Kylie Daniels.

To book contact 4058 1988 by August 11.

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