Council supports plan for dedicated Makerspace

Makers, creators, imaginators and tech embracers will be excited by the Dardanup Shire Council’s support for a plan to build an annexe to the Eaton Community Library providing a semi-permanent and dedicated space for South West Makers.

The group currently meets regularly at various library locations in the Bunbury Geographe area however Council has directed CEO Mark Chester to investigate the cost of providing a separate, dedicated space and refer the project to its Mid-year Budget Review meeting in February/March 2018 for further discussion.

Shire President Mick Bennett was behind the proposal to Council and said a more permanent, dedicated location would enable the group to grow its profile in the community and avoid having to move expensive equipment for each meeting.

In support Mr Bennett said the project matched the Shire of Dardanup’s vision for development of a smart community with relevance to the Internet of Things (IoT) initiative where Federal Government funding to install the technology was currently being sought.

South West Makers are a group of like-minded individuals of varying ages who explore technology and innovation as a hobby.  They play around with things like 3D printers, laser cutters, 3D scanners, Raspberry Pi computers, CNC work, general electronics, drones, LED’s, Arduino’s, orchid GIS Mapping and fabric art.

Mr Bennett said a dedicated space for South West Makers could also be used as a business incubator since active exploration of innovation and ideas could lead to new commercial opportunities.

Stay tuned for more updates as this project progresses…