BATHURST is the home of Australia’s first emerging technologies hub, providing the community with a place to access the latest technologies and advice entirely for free.
The hub, Gunthers Lane, was created by Reliance Credit Union, which felt regional areas were lacking knowledge of and access to a wide range of technologies.
Chief executive officer Mark Genovese said Gunthers Lane is “a digital playground for the community”.
The hub, located on the ground floor of the Reliance building on Russell Street, offers access to a wide range of desktop computers, a 3D printer, smart phones, tablets, gaming devices, virtual reality technology, creative design programs and much more.
“We thought it was important for people out here to have access to these digital technologies,” Mr Genovese said.
Members of the community will be able to use any of the technologies during opening hours and ask advice of the three specialists available.
Community groups can also use Gunthers Lane to hold meetings after hours and on Saturdays upon request.
The technology offered in the hub will be continuously updated as newer versions are released by companies.
Mr Genovese said what sets Gunthers Lane apart from other technology hubs is that everything on offer is free to use and not available to buy.
“No one [in Australia] has ever built something like this that is a community resource,” he said.
While Gunthers Lane is owned by Reliance, it will be managed independently.
Manager James Lloyd said people will get a lot of value out of Gunthers Lane as they can gain more knowledge about the technology without having to purchase it.
This includes getting genuine advice about certain phones, tablets and computers without the sales pitch.
“We don’t know everything about everything, but what we don’t know we will go away to find out,” Mr Lloyd said.
In addition to the technology, Gunthers Lane also offers a coffee shop for people to enjoy.
For more information about the hub, visit www.guntherslane.com.au.