From a lunch time conversation to 1600m2 of modern office space.
People often ask how Co. Habitat came to be. Simply put it was through a conversation with a former manager, colleague and Josh, our owner and operator. Somehow, the conversation turned to shared office spaces that had started showing up in cities such as Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. All of a sudden, Australia’s metropolitan areas were starting to embrace an idea that was already being used in the U.S.A., U.K., Canada and across Europe and Asia.
Already at a crossroad with his career, Josh saw this as an opportunity to create something special, so he started looking into the operation and set up of such places. To say he jumped in to the deep end of business is probably an understatement.
From that initial conversation and nearly 18 months of planning and setbacks, Co. Habitat Co-Working Space officially opened it’s doors on 1 August 2018 with an area of approximately 4002m on the mezzanine level of the old Townsville Transit Centre. The demand for space was so high that 12 months later we were already in discussion with the property owner to take over a larger space in the building and 1 July 2020 we relocated to the top floor of the building. This gave us access to 17 Private Offices, 9 Semi-Private Offices, 2 Boardrooms, Meeting Room, Classroom, Podcasting Room, 2 Video Conferencing Rooms, Large Conference Room (120PAX) and plenty of space for Hot Desks and Breakout areas.
Our members are a diverse range of businesses from financial advisors and mortgage brokers to human resource consultants, work placement and recruitment agencies, lawyers, mindfulness coaches, software developers, archeologists and more. This diversity has created a dynamic and interesting community where conversations can vary from professional curiosity and understanding through to the outright ludicrous and hilarious.
With an aim to be flexible and evolve with our members, Co. Habitat has also been able to bring on services and increase expectations where needed. Sometimes this is small such as the addition of secure document destruction (a service we didn’t think about), other times they are big changes such as the addition of Virtual Memberships.
We are flexible, we do not pivot but continue to evolve.
About Josh – Owner/Operator
Having always had an inquisitive nature, ability to take on new challenges and that ‘I am going to do this because I can’ attitude, Josh moved to Adelaide after school to study a Bachelor of Oenology (Wine Science) at The University of Adelaide. Graduating in 2010, Josh then spent the next four years travelling both domestically and internationally with work. This allowed him to work in some of the most picturesque places around the world including, the Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, Margaret River and Rutherglen in Australia and Napa Valley in America and Upper Rhine in Germany.
In 2014, Josh moved back to Townsville to spend some more time with family and rest from the constant travelling. Since his return to the north Josh has been involved in retail work, working directly with customers as well as taking on managerial roles.
More recently, Josh has taken on an increasing level of community activity. Committed to seeing and helping local business thrive in a changing environment, Josh currently sits on the Townsville Young Chamber Committee, is involved in Beers Down Friday, a local, casual networking event and can generally be found attending various, social, political and public events around Townsville.