YANCHEP’S innovation, research and enterprise hub is set to open next month, providing a space for businesses to meet and for tertiary study.
The $10 million first stage of the Y-hub includes two two-storey buildings that will house a co-working space and UWA’s honey bee co-operative research centre (CRC).
Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) executive manager Jon Kelly said ultimately the Yanchep Beach Road site would have eight buildings.
Mr Kelly said social enterprise group Spacecubed would run the co-working space, which includes training facilities, hot desks and private phone booths for members of the local business network to use.
“If you have a home-based business, you will be able to come here and mix with other businesses,” he said.
That building overlooks Yanchep Beach Road, and the second building alongside Stevenage Street has been fitted with air-locked laboratories for the post-graduate CRC for Honey Bee Products.
Mr Kelly said that would give local teenagers learning through the Yanchep Institute and the developer’s partnership with Yanchep District High School opportunities to interact with PhD students.
TLC Landscaping’s Ash Dix, of Two Rocks, said he was looking forward to having a place to network with other businesses.
Yanchep resident Emma Coley runs her business African Butterfly Clips from Fremantle Markets and she wanted to bring her business closer.
“I’m excited to see Yanchep grow,” she said.
Yoga instructor Danielle Earle plans to run classes in the hub to help people of all ages with mental health and wellbeing.
“I’ve been teaching out here for almost five years from the park and home – I would really like to expand,” she said.
Mindarie psychologist Chris Howard said he planned to use the hub to provide services for local residents.
“My role is as a consultant for pastoral care for both students and business owners, looking basically at the mental health and stress levels of people in the region,” he said.
“There’s a large demand for psychological services in Yanchep, which I’m certainly seeing – a lot of people are currently travelling down to Mindarie.”
Mr Kelly said there would be an official opening on September 1.