A new business hub in Melbourne's East

Maroondah City Council, in partnership with the Australian Government, is galvanising the creation of Eastern Region jobs through the establishment of a $7.7 million Centre for Regional Knowledge and Innovation.

The Centre for Regional Knowledge and Innovation represents a new, whole-of Melbourne East region approach to skills development, jobs creation, knowledge and innovation to accelerate private sector investment, employment and productivity in high-tech high-value manufacturing and emerging industries. It will adjoin Realm, situated in a 1000sqm extension to the 2100sqm space currently under construction, funded by Council in partnership with Queensland Investment Corporation, owners of Eastland Shopping Centre.

This regional one-stop-shop business resource hub will bolster the capabilities of Melbourne’s East, strengthening competitiveness and employment through unprecedented access to education, skills and business development. A regional business development model will be the Centre’s focal point, bringing together representation for all levels of government and industry.

The $7.7m Centre for Regional Knowledge and Innovation is a regionally significant project that will provide an economic benefit to the Melbourne East Region. The centre will generate employment, increase output, generate business growth and deliver a range of social benefits for the region.

The 1000sqm space will include:

  • BizHub Business Resource Centre
  • Coworking opportunities
  • Training & meeting rooms
  • Seminar spaces
  • Multimedia studio
  • Digital Lab
  • Resource lounge
  • Presentation nook
  • High speed internet
  • State-of-the-art technologies
  • Amenities
  • Administration

The facility will enjoy a direct interface with the $66m upgraded Ringwood Station and $665m Eastland redevelopment and Ringwood Town Square precinct. Access in less than 30 minutes will be enjoyed by over 1.2 million people, 350,000 workers and 46% of Victoria’s manufacturing sector.

The Centre for Regional Knowledge and Innovation, at Realm, will be managed by Council.