UWA quartet designs plan for Mirrabooka technology hub


UWA students Mahmud Safari, Ben Chia, Melvin Basuki and Sian Young.
UWA students Mahmud Safari, Ben Chia, Melvin Basuki and Sian Young.

FOUR UWA students have designed a plan for a technology hub in Mirrabooka in a bid to improve digital skills of job seekers.

Post-graduate students Ben Chia, Sian Young, Mahmud Safari and Melvin Basuki worked with community organisations to develop a ‘Tech Hub’ at Mirrabooka Library.

The project was part of a three-year partnership between the McCusker Centre for Citizenship, UWA and City of Stirling.

Unemployment rates in the Balga and Mirrabooka area is at 22 per cent, compared to the 6.7 per cent average in the City.

The hub included an area for community digital literacy classes and a space for pop-up stores.

Mr Chia said the hub would build on existing digital literacy, job information and kids coding programs in Mirrabooka.

Mirrabooka Library manager Viv Barton said the students’ suggestions were being considered for future programs within the hub.

Stirling mayor Mark Irwin said the completed research provided some practical solutions to help address the long-term issue of unemployment in the area.

MORE: Mt Agung ash cloud leaves travellers stranded in Bali

MORE: Australia’s first indoor surfable wave centre to open in WA next month

MORE: Buyer of Karrinyup property loses $20k in cyber scam