Sunshine Coast Maker Space is set to benefit from a $14,376 investment through the Palaszczuk Government’s Hackerspaces Grant program.
Hackerspaces – community spaces where people can use shared equipment to develop projects, build products and tinker with technology – continue to grow in popularity as places to create, learn and socialise.
Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick congratulated the Warana-based manufacturing innovation hub on being one of the 13 organisations to share in almost $220,000 under the latest round of Hackerspaces Grant funding.
“This program is about putting the right tools and technology in the hands of more Queenslanders and cultivating an environment that fosters collaboration and creativity,” Mr Dick said.
“It’s great to support hackerspaces like Sunshine Coast Makerspace so industry and community can collaborate on projects, embrace new technology and bring more ideas to life.”
Sunshine Coast Maker Space CEO Dominic Vrolijks said the grant will help the group invest in a desktop injection moulding machine.
“This will enable our members to upskill on this user-friendly device and reduce the waste in creating these components,” Mr Vrolijks said.
Mr Dick said Round 2 funding through the program will result in five new hackerspaces for Queensland, with eight existing facilities to be expanded.
“Hackerspaces hold real value for our communities. They get people engaged with advanced manufacturing and help them gain the knowledge and skills needed for our jobs of the future,” he said.
“These grants will enable hackerspaces to buy equipment such as fabrication machines and 3D printers, and to run workshops and programs to educate industry and the community.”
The Queensland Hackerspaces Grant program is an initiative of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.
To learn more visit dsdmip.qld.gov.au/hackerspaces
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick