Vic Park MiniLab space available for groups


Kat Wray, of the Vic Park Collective, and Adam Jorlen, of the Enkel Collective.
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Kat Wray, of the Vic Park Collective, and Adam Jorlen, of the Enkel Collective. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d468553

THE Vic Park MiniLab is a space for creative thinkers and community groups to come together.

It was launched by the Enkel Collective and the Vic Park Collective in September 2015, with the intent of activating an unused building at 874 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park.

More community groups are being invited to use the facility and experiment with new ways of working, learning and thinking.

Town of Victoria Park provides the site through a peppercorn lease and the public can hire different areas, including the front yard, small meeting room, learning space, backyard and co-working space for a nominal fee.

Enkel Collective director Adam Jorlen said the idea was to house community groups, who would then tackle challenges.

“We’ve had organisations use the space and run labs, from social enterprise organisations to mental health groups,” he said.

“We maybe haven’t had it used as much as we want but perhaps it’s not as clear to some people; it’s not like a bowls club that you rent out, it’s a bit more complicated.”

Mr Jorlen said collaborative spaces such as the Vic Park MiniLab were more popular in his home country of Sweden.

“There are about 20 in Perth but hundreds in Victoria,” he said. “The advantage is for people who work from home, they can hang out with other people from different backgrounds and seek their advice and gain new skills.”