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COLLABORATIVE SPACE: The kitchen in the new Nambour space, complete with antique surfboards.
COLLABORATIVE SPACE: The kitchen in the new Nambour space, complete with antique surfboards.
A visual walk-through of the new Boarding Office based in Nambour.

Or are you a up-and-coming small business needing a space to flex your creative muscle.

Well, a new collaborative working space has opened its doors in Nambour, offering locals the chance to do things a little differently.

Co-founder of the space, Melanie Summer, said the flexibility offered by the space is what many people find so enticing.

"I had a business a couple of years ago and I needed to find an office space," she said.

"My husband found an office space in Mooloolaba that was way to big for us."

From here the idea was born to make the office space collaborative, while also utilising a spot to store her husband's collection of antique surfboards.

The Mooloolaba space was born first before the pair decided to take their idea to Nambour.

"My husband had so many other surfboards so he wanted to find another location," she said.

"We found the former Club Hotel was perfect as it already had little office-sized rooms.

"It's also a beautiful space; the more we renovated the more we found the gems in the building."

Since the launch, Ms Summer said they had been overwhelmed by the positive response they have received.

"A lot of people come to us say their parents met here and many other personal stories," she said.

People from many different industries have taken up residence in The Boarding Office, which is now halfway to capacity.

"It's people that have been operating from homes who don't want to operate from homes any more," Ms Summer said.

"When you rent a commercial space you have a lot of waste of space and your often locked in for two years or more."

Ms Summer said eventually she hopes she will see a lot of interaction between people.

For information about how to join the space, e-mail info@theboardingoffice.com.au.

Topics:  club hotel nambour


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