Library creates space for community to grow ideas

The Burdekin Library Ayr branch is set to become a hotspot for growing ideas.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said Ideas@108 was the brainchild of Library Manager John Scott and would benefit small business, start-up business and local youth.

“This concept will provide a centre to support the economic growth for existing small businesses and new small businesses,” he said.

“Ideas@108 will be a space where business and community can explore, create and grow ideas and connect with the wider world.

“Our library team have embraced the idea and set up a space in the old music loft above the library to house the project.

“It’s a fantastic concept and I thank the State Library for funding the $36,500 project.”

Library Services Manager John Scott said Council would work with TAFE Queensland North – Burdekin Campus to deliver eight introductory small business programs annually at Ideas@108.

“A TAFE representative has expressed an interest in being part of an industry liaison group for the life cycle of this project and beyond, which is fantastic as we really want to connect with the youth of our community,” he said.

“We have also partnered up with the Burdekin Chamber of Commerce who will provide access to business mentors for those wanting to start-up a business and innovators.”

Mr Scott said the community would be invited to open house sessions at the Ideas@108 space.

“We want people to look, learn and play with the 3D printing technology that will be available to our community so we will host a training day for interested educators and community members,” he said.

“This is an exciting time for our team and we are really looking forward to engaging with our high school students. We will have the facilities available to allow students to create 3D pieces of artwork and would encourage them to participate in the Australian Schools 3D Art Show.

“However, the 3D printers will not just be available for artists – local businesses also may find it useful to design new pieces of machinery etc.”

Ideas@108 will open in May.


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