Over the past few years, a host of 'co-working' spaces which promote collaboration and innovation have opened in Sydney.
Why work in a big corporate office - or, at the other end of the spectrum, in your living room or local cafÃ© - if technology lets you set up shop in a room full of inspiring creative and tech entrepreneurs?
That's the logic behind spaces like The Workben.ch (Ultimo), Desk x Space (East Sydney), Tank Stream Labs (CBD) and Protein Studio (Surry Hills).
Sydney's first co-working space, Vibewire's Hub, is based in a City of Sydney property and supported by one of our accommodation grants. We are also supporting two more, Homework and Fishburners' Engine Lab, in our Oxford Street Affordable Creative Spaces.
The latest entrant to this buzzing scene is Hub Sydney, which launches today with a free 'co-working in the park' day at Wynyard Park.
I'll be launching the project, and I hope people take advantage of the warm weather by sitting in the park with laptop or tablet, using the free wi-fi, enjoying a coffee or a bite to eat from one of our food trucks, and listening to talks by representatives from co-working spaces around Sydney.
At their best, co-working spaces - even those in parks - can foster innovation, provide essential expertise to people working alone and connect people up for business partnerships.
The latest Census data suggests the information, communication and technology industry is the fastest-growing employment sector, increasing by 23 per cent since 2006.
Across our local government area there are nearly 25,000 people working in digital businesses, making it the third-largest industry in Sydney. Small start-ups are a creative force helping drive this growth.
I want to make sure City of Sydney helps foster this growth and I look forward to seeing the results.