Funding boost for Logan hackerspace to fuel innovation and growth

A media release from the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the Honourable Cameron Dick

Logan-based Substation33 is set to benefit from a $15,197 investment through the Palaszczuk Government’s Hackerspaces Grant program.

Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick congratulated the innovation hub on being one of the 13 organisations to share in almost $220,000 under the latest round of funding.

“Substation33 is such an important space for the city of Logan, especially our young people. It’s a place where ideas flourish and inspiration is found,” Mr Dick said.

“Substation33 founder Tony Sharp and his team are empowering Logan residents to create, innovate, and to secure employment, and our government is pleased to help them reach more people with the work they do.”

Mr Sharp said the grant will enable the space to bring in experts and help members take their designs through to small-scale manufacturing.

“We are looking forward to hosting our new monthly expert presentations and our members can share skills prototyping and small-scale manufacturing of designs on the new equipment,” he said.

“This will help our members continue to build their skills in the advanced manufacturing sector.”

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.

Mr Dick said Round 2 funding through the Hackerspaces Grant 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.