Old Picton post office now means business

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Wollondilly Shire Council has awarded the contract for a coworking space in the recently restored Picton post office building in the heart of the town centre.

WorkLife, a leading operator of regional co-working spaces, was the recipient of the contract.

The appointment followed a competitive process that attracted multiple proposals from local and regional businesses.

The Picton post office, built in the late 19th century, has been a symbolic landmark in the area for generations.

Following significant damage due to floods and age, the building was restored with the help of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and the State Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package.

Founder of WorkLife, Kate Dezarnaulds, pictured above at the post office, said that at its heart sustainability, sharing resources and knowledge are the key factors driving this new way of doing business.

“Sitting down next to someone with a completely different skill set at WorkLife is ensuring my work life contributes to me living my best life. It offers untapped sources of ideas and networks,” Ms Dezarnaulds said.

“It has opened my eyes to some amazing people in our regional communities and built connections in a way I never expected.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the contract for the Picton post office building.

“We believe that coworking is an essential component of economic infrastructure in regional areas, and we are committed to working closely with the local community to deliver a space that meets their needs and supports their aspirations,” she said.

Mayor Matt Gould said it was “fantastic to see the old post office restored and ready for this new phase of its life’’.

“With WorkLife coming on board as the successful operator, the site will soon be open to meet the flexible workspace and business networking needs of the local community,’’ he said.

“The decision to repurpose the Picton Post Office as a coworking space is a strategic priority for Council. By supporting the development of coworking spaces, The Shire will attract and retain talent, create new jobs, and stimulate economic activity.

“I’m very much looking forward to WorkLife Picton opening, expected in July 2023.”

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