Work from Haig Park: the perfect way to leave the office behind

Jeremy Jones 4 November 2021 19
Man working

Part of Haig Park has transformed into an outside office. Photo: Gupi de Zavalia.

Fresh air, great coffee, sunshine above and grass beneath your feet – sounds like a relaxing way to spend the weekend, but some Canberrans are making it their workday. A new initiative is inviting Canberrans to switch their indoor home office for a desk in Haig Park.

Braddon-based co-working space Good Work Canberra and the City Renewal Authority are co-ordinating Outside Offices, a collaborative workspace in Haig Park. The space hosts individual desks for up to 25 people, a relaxation space, and a communal table for distanced meetings.

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“Working at the Outdoor Office was one of my most productive days since lockdown began. It was wonderful to be able to enjoy the park and fresh air while accessing all the conveniences of an indoor office,” says Outdoor Offices participant Sherri Ward.

bean bags

The space also has bean bags for a relaxing break. Photo: Gupi de Zavalia.

With Lonsdale Street nearby, Outdoor Offices participant Jasper Penfold-Low enjoys the ability to take more meaningful breaks from working.

“I feel enticed to work around the silence of the trees and tranquillity of beanbags. When tranquillity turns to distraction, I can have an energising stroll to get some locally sourced and brewed coffee by Braddon’s finest.”

The park also offers a middle ground between working with family and co-workers.

“There’s no office politics because there’s no competition. You can opt-in or out of social events as you please without worrying about any bosses thinking you’re not a company person,” says Mitch Tilbrook from Good Work Canberra.

“Since the pandemic, I’ve noticed that some people love no separation between home and office, and some people loathe it. The latter will seek out a space to work from if their employer does not offer them one,” says Mr Tilbrook.

People sitting together

Include in the Outside Office is a special meeting area. Photo: Gupi de Zavalia.

The offices are a small part of Haig Park’s dramatic transformation which now hosts weekly markets, monthly PAWS Parties (for dogs and people), and a monthly Play Outside Day for the whole family.

Mr Tilbrook says participants are invited to donate to a charity organisation when they book their tickets in lieu of fees for this project. The chosen charity is Orange Sky Laundry which provides a regular laundry and shower service to homeless people. It focuses on creating a safe, positive and supportive environment for people often ignored or disconnected from the broader community.

“Canberrans showed how generous and kind they are through the latest lockdown, and I want to encourage that benevolence and charitable actions to be in the front of all our minds as we return to our normal lives,” Mr Tilbrook says.

“I see a lot of homelessness here in Canberra, and unfortunately, it’s not an issue that will ever be fixed, in my opinion. Orange Sky Laundry isn’t aiming to fix the problem but offers services that can help people who need it most, with dignity and respect, which is vitally important to a person’s mental health.”

To book your ‘office’ in Haig Park, visit Good Work Canberra.

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19 Responses to Work from Haig Park: the perfect way to leave the office behind
Taylor Olivia Taylor Olivia 8:47 am 06 Nov 21

Rohan Pillutla catch me working from haig park

Hailey Cooper Hailey Cooper 10:03 pm 05 Nov 21

Dan Burns maybe a good idea 😉🥸😁

Ali Smith Ali Smith 8:30 pm 04 Nov 21

Amy Jones we do try

Nicole McGuire Nicole McGuire 8:09 pm 04 Nov 21


Anastasia Zvargulis Anastasia Zvargulis 8:03 pm 04 Nov 21

Love this for you lol Melissa Davis

    Melissa Davis Melissa Davis 8:09 pm 04 Nov 21

    Anastasia Zvargulis ha I saw this already- you know me.

Julien Lefebvre Julien Lefebvre 7:01 pm 04 Nov 21

Peter Heather not a swamp anymore!!!

Annemarie Harris Annemarie Harris 2:38 pm 04 Nov 21

Katy Eve new office?

Blake Anthony Cross Blake Anthony Cross 1:06 pm 04 Nov 21

Ruining parks for the rest of you, muwho haha!

Your million dollar tax office was a HUGE waste of money

Hanna Coot Hanna Coot 10:19 pm 03 Nov 21

Kirra Gordon , Kim Rawson , Linda Manson Im sure between us, we came up with this idea years ago!!

    Kim Rawson Kim Rawson 10:22 am 04 Nov 21

    Hanna Coot we were so onto it!! How good would that be 🥰 miss your faces xx

Lauren Catherine Lauren Catherine 9:59 pm 03 Nov 21

Dora Zhang Lauren Plane what do you guys think?

    Lauren Plane Lauren Plane 10:06 pm 03 Nov 21

    Lauren Catherine love the idea!!

    Dora Zhang Dora Zhang 10:12 pm 03 Nov 21

    Lauren Catherine sounds great! We have the commonwealth park nearby😊

    Lauren Catherine Lauren Catherine 10:12 pm 03 Nov 21

    Dora Zhang this one sets it up with desks and everything 😉

ChrisinTurner ChrisinTurner 1:21 pm 03 Nov 21

Only spoilt by the drone of generators.

    Tom Worthington Tom Worthington 11:14 am 27 Nov 21

    I was surprised that a generator would be used for the outdoor office. Having been the “Net Traveler”, for more than two decades, I have telecommuted from hot air balloons, warships, and tents. Power problems are largely solved with lithium batters and solar panels. I suggest a power-bank with attached fold-out solar panels, for less than $100.

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