Georges River Council installs ChillOUT hubs

Smart idea: An artist impression of ChillOUT Hub at Belgrave Street Kogarah.
Smart idea: An artist impression of ChillOUT Hub at Belgrave Street Kogarah.

Georges River Council has started installing three innovative "ChillOut hubs" across the local area, specially designed to provide public spaces that are shaded, accessible, equitable and social.

The ChillOut Spaces will be located in Mortdale Town Centre, Timothy Reserve Hurstville and Belgrave Street Kogarah and have been created following community feedback.

Costing $380,000, the hubs are constructed with smart furniture, solar power, charging points and environmental sensors.

Georges River Council mayor, Kevin Greene said the ChillOut spaces have been uniquely designed to suit their locations and the needs of their communities.

"Kogarah will be an oasis for residents to rest, dine and work outdoors," he said.

"Mortdale is a place for locals to meet, connect and take a break and Hurstville, with its park location, enhances an already joyful place for parents and their children to meet and play.

"Council aims to improve the lifestyle in the Georges River area by providing these smart, flexible spaces for outdoor work and play," Cr Greene said.

They aim to increase community connectivity and enable knowledge exchange.

This technology will also help Council plan better ways to deliver public spaces in an increasingly hot climate, according to the council.

Georges River Council was recently awarded Highly Commended for cross sectoral collaboration at the Committee for Sydney Smart City Awards 2019.

This acknowledged the council's collaboration with the University of New South Wales and Street Furniture Australia on the ChillOut hubs project.

The unique collaboration involves a team of industrial designers, landscape architects, urban planners, marketing experts, engineers, and local government professionals.

The $380,000 in funding for the project was secured through the Australian Government's Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Installation of the ChillOut Hubs is scheduled for completion in November 2019, and the community will have an opportunity to provide feedback on these hubs via Council's Your Say Georges River portal and surveys on-site.