Major project update: Makerspace Adelaide
As you are aware SA Makers Inc. was able to lease 100 Franklin Street in the heart of the city to establish a community Makerspace in partnership with Green Industries of South Australia.
Makerspace Adelaide – https://makerspaceadelaide.org/
The board has worked to negotiate a favorable lease and succeed in obtaining planning permission. In late January through early February 2019, we not only relocated Fab Lab Adelaide, but we also organised an open-day to allow people to get a sneak peek at the new space and give us feedback on what else they would like to see and do here. We are taking that feedback on board to help guide some of our plans and activities.
Video from the open day
So what is currently happening?
Currently, we are waiting on the City of Adelaide council the next phase of building permissions. As you may be aware, in order to open the building to the general public and let volunteers help run the Makerspace Adelaide, we are required to first ensure all relevant local, state and federal laws are being complied; council planning requirements have been met, and all reasonable health and safety processes are in place. This has been a substantial but necessary delay in activating the space.
While this process is well underway it has limited what we are able to do in the space. However, the board has been working to create the policy and procedures that allow us to have volunteers on site and to build partnerships. Due to this work, we as a board can now enter the next phase of calling on people to become part of the working groups to get the space up and running for sometime in April (subject to City of Adelaide Council permissions).
To this end, we are having a series of working bees over the next few weekends:
The first weekend will have a focus on fixing and painting, but we are also looking for any qualified electricians who could donate time and expertise to help assess the lighting and power points in the workshop area and provide us with cost-effective solutions. Another big job will be sealing the concrete workshop floor – we are keen to hear from people who have experience in that area. Also, we are currently exploring the work necessary to ensure the building complies to allow access and inclusion for people with disabilities and would be interested to have further advice from people with experience in this area.
Working Bee times:
10 am – 3 pm on the following days
Saturday 23rd of March
Sunday 24th of March
Saturday 30th of March
Sunday 31st of March.
If you are able to help please email firstname.lastname@example.org with day and or times you might be willing to pop past and lend a hand.
If you wish to be involved in any of the working bees or working groups to help establish the Makerspace then please become a volunteer.