Looking after our community even when working from home

We have added two new menu items on the Nexus Portal that are designed to give you great work-from-home resources at your fingertips.

We have added two new sections to our Nexus tenant portal to reflect the current work situation.  The On-Demand and Remote Life sections are filled with useful activities, resources and videos to keep both you and the family entertained, informed and productive while we navigate this new working environment.

There is plenty to see and do, but we’ve compiled some of our favourites from each section below.

On-Demand
We’re helping bring balance to your work-from-home life with access to exclusive content. Browse our library of virtual experiences including workouts, meditation sessions, and videos.

In On-Demand, you’ll find:

  • Resources for the kids, such as Risky Kids, a program which builds kids’ resilience and physical literacy through exciting, interesting and non-prescriptive movement. Get your kids started on these videos!
  • Great home workouts like Bodhi & Ride’s new Bodhi @ Home fitness classes, or a range of free yoga, Pilates, dance classes, HIIT and more.
  • Guided meditation sessions to help you find your calm.
  • Fender Play video guitar tutorials so you can learn an extra skill while staying home, and loads of other activities to keep you entertained.

Remote Life
Discover everything you need to thrive at home in one place. Find products and services to make working and living at home more comfortable, productive, and entertaining.

Remote Life includes a range of resources under the following topics:

  • Home Office – Set yourself up for the optimum work-from-home experience with products and tips recommended with your health and space in mind.
  • Wellness – Discover products and services to support your health and wellbeing at home.
  • Pantry – Find options for home delivery to restock your shelves while discovering delicious new products.
  • Kids Corner – Kids home from school? Find games and products designed to teach and entertain.
  • Entertainment – Stay social with the latest apps and social games designed to keep us connected.
  • Upskill– Discover a range of online courses and tutorials to train your brain and learn extra skills to help your career, or just for fun.

In addition to these new resources, we’ll also be posting live-streamed events on our Events tab, so keep your eyes peeled.

How we honoured International Women’s Day 2020

March 8 marked not only a very important date in the global calendar, but also in Nexus’ calendar too, as International Women’s’ Day holds a very special place in our hearts.

This year’s IWD theme was #EachforEqual and we invited the inspirational One Roof Founder, Sheree Rubinstein, as our guest speaker.

In keeping with Nexus tradition, the event was once again opened by GS1 Australia‘s esteemed leader, executive director, and CEO Maria Palazzolo. Maria was our talented MC for the occasion – she not only opened the presentation, but also kindly shared her own incredible journey of success, and how she climbed the corporate ladder to where she is today.

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Next up, it was time for the lady of the hour herself – Sheree Rubinstein. Starting out as a corporate lawyer, Sheree turned her back on the ruthless world of law to become an entrepreneur and founded her female-led, co-working space empire called ‘One Roof’.

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She started out by renting an Airbnb in St Kilda and within the first week had hundreds of people walking through the doors. This was all the confirmation Sheree needed that there was an obvious gap in business leadership: a need for a female-focused co-working space. Before long, the little pop-up space grew into what it is today: a physical hub providing everything a female entrepreneur and women-led businesses need to thrive.

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Sheree shared details of her life journey, career highlights, and of course, the struggles she endured working as a female lawyer in a male-dominated field. Her passion for helping and supporting other women in business was truly inspiring.

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During the presentation we were treated to a delicious feast of hot and cold lunch platters to nibble on from our fabulous foodie friends at XS Roasting Kitchen. Many attendees stayed back to chat with both Sheree and Maria, and because the event took place before social distancing was a thing, we all huddled together for a gorgeous group photo.

It’s fair to say that everyone left that day feeling a little more inspired with their confidence boosted.

Feel Good February Meditation Workshop

We know that our community loves mindfulness practices. So, when we hosted a workshop that combined mindfulness with meditation and a dash of yoga, we knew we were onto a good thing.

Therefore, it was no surprise that this session was popular with loads of interest from the community – it was a packed house on the day.

This workshop was led by the wonderful Kara, a qualified Ashtanga yoga teacher. Kara kicked off the class with some practical pranayama breathing exercises and breath awareness work. By making us all slow down and concentrate on our breathing, it put the body and mind in the right state for self-awareness and mindfulness.

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Next up, we took part in a gentle, slow flow restorative yoga practice. Restorative yoga is much slower than our usual Tuesday Vinyasa class, with each pose held for longer periods of time, allowing the muscles to fully relax and really settle into each pose.

Lastly, we finished off this blissfully relaxing session with a 15-minute guided meditation exercise and Shavasana. This exercise was great for beginners and people who struggle to meditate.

Starting with a complete body scan, we turn our awareness inward to connect with the breath, mind, body, and soul and then just when we thought we couldn’t be any more relaxed.

We were all so chilled that some of our attendees may or may not have drifted off to sleep on a little micro-nap, with Kara making mention that we were some of the most zen people she had ever worked with.

Feel Good February

We dedicated the month of February to making our community feel good, look good and be your best you, starting with a healthy nutrition workshop. 

Run in partnership with Pinnacle Health Club and hosted by their resident dietician, Mikaela Welti, this lunchtime workshop was insightful and informative, giving us great nutritional advice, handy tips, and probably most importantly, healthy meal ideas that we can easily replicate.

Mikaela is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD), qualified personal trainer, and owner and founder of her own nutrition business Welti Wellness – so she’s well and truly an expert in her field.

Mikaela began the session by running through the basic principals of good nutritional advice using the ‘Australian Guide to Healthy Eating’ food pyramid. This guide is the holy grail on food selection, outlining the types and amounts of foods we should eat daily from the five food groups.

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We learned how to boost our daily nutrient and vitamin intake, which fuels our bodies for greater productivity and Mikaela also shared some clever little ways that we can curb those 3pm sugar cravings with nutritious and satisfying snack ideas.

Lastly, we learned about the importance of gut health and how having balanced gut flora can play a crucial role in our overall health. Plus, as an added bonus, every participant who attended also received a 28-day healthy meal plan to take home.

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There was huge interest from our community and we had a full house. Plus, many people stayed back after the session to chat with Mikaela to have all their health questions answered.

We hope everyone enjoyed the workshop and left the session feeling a lot more knowledgeable in regards to healthy eating. 

Bushfire Fundraiser

On Wednesday 29 January, GS1 Australia’s talented event coordinator, Danni organised a morning full of connection, reflection, and mindfulness to raise funds for selected Victorian bushfire charities. 

On Wednesday 29 January, GS1 Australia’s talented event coordinator, Danni organised a morning full of connection, reflection, and mindfulness to raise funds for selected Victorian bushfire charities. 

For $57 per person, attendees enjoyed a magnificent morning consisting of a 30-minute mindful meditation practice, followed by a blissful one-hour yoga session, all capped off by a delicious healthy breakfast spread to finish. What an amazing way to start your day (and hump day nonetheless!)

100% of all proceeds raised from ticket sales were evenly split and donated directly to the CFA to continue their live-saving fire fighting efforts; Wildlife Victoria to help care for all of our beautiful native animals; and It’s My Shout!, who help out small business owners in affected communities get back on their feet. Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from the day.

Here we have the lovely Alitta ready to kick off the morning with her wonderful meditation practice.

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Next up was the yoga session, and here we can see it in full swing with Talia heading up a fantastic class and our community enjoying the time out.

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Danni is super grateful to everyone who took the time to attend the event, donated funds, and made the day such a success. She would like to pass on her sincerest thanks! Plus, we are thrilled to announce that the event managed to raise an amazing $800!

None of this would have been possible without the assistance of some wonderful people and organisations who donated their time, skills and resources to make this event a reality.

Thank you to GS1 Australia for donating their beautiful event space, Talia and Alitta for hosting such an inspirational event, Antonietta’s Kitchen for the scrumptious breakfast spread, and Arbor Cafe for supplying participants with their caffeine fix.

Thank you once again to everyone who attended and helped to raise so much money for a truly important cause. Your generosity is much appreciated.

All wrapped up: Our 2019 Nexus Christmas Funland

We like to party, and apparently so do all of you! That’s why we throw our annual Nexus Christmas party to show our community how much we appreciate you. It’s now become a beloved Nexus tradition.

Held on Thursday 12 December from 11am to 2pm, our lunchtime celebration consisted of fun games to play (courtesy of our friends at Action Events), sweet treats to eat (courtesy of Green & Black’s chocolate) and music to boogie too (courtesy of our awesome DJ from Music With Memories).

With so much free entertainment on offer and so many cool things to try out, we think you’d all agree it was definitely a wonderful way to spend a lunch break. We had mini golf, giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, giant chess and a foosball table. The most popular games on the day were definitely the mini golf and Jenga, on high rotation throughout the duration of the party.

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It goes without saying that our Photobooth was a major drawcard too, and when it’s located inside a super-cool vintage VW Kombi (courtesy of the amazing The Photobooth Girl team) we totally understand why. It was non-stop happy-snap selfie-central as tonnes of our community members lined up patiently for their turn.

If you were one of the many who took the photobooth for a whirl, you can download digital versions of your pics from The Photobooth Girl’s Facebook page.

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Did someone say free chocolate? Yes, we did! Our very generous friends at Green & Black’s gave us an abundant supply of chocolate – enough to feed a small village! We’re happy to report that we gave away over 1,000 bars on the day! Just take a look at all the happy smiles below.

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The party was held during lunchtime and that means that we have to eat, too. XS Roasting Kitchen did not disappoint with their spit-roast chicken and lamb souvlakis cooked over charcoal – yum!

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Keen to see more photos? Click through the album below.

Our Men’s Health Workshop

Movember may be over for yet another year, but we think it deserves to be highlighted all year round.

To honour the Movember initiative, we hosted our very own Men’s Better Heath Workshop to help raise awareness of the importance of looking after your health.

Run in partnership with In Bloom Project, this session was hosted by Dylan Roos, son of AFL coach and legend Paul Roos. Dylan specialises in men’s health and wellness, is a Health Coach and NLP Master Practitioner and is also the founder of the Roos Men’s Wellness & Leadership Club, a club which aims to create a community for like-minded men to learn about health and wellness tools to live a well-balanced life.

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In this session, Dylan covered all sorts of men’s health-related issues, from physical health and diseases through to mental and emotional health. He gave us lots of easy easy-to-action tools and exercises that we can do in our own time to help us with our own mental health, as well as help others around us.

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Although there were some pretty serious topics covered in this session, Dylan managed to talk about them in an inclusive and supportive way, making everyone feel comfortable and encouraging plenty of audience participation.

It was wonderful to see so many people sharing their own thoughts and experiences and we hope our attendees got some valuable information and action points out of it.

If you missed the workshop or want a refresh of what was covered, download the attached notes. If you were in attendance, In Bloom Project would love to hear your feedback and we invite you to take this short one-minute survey.

We’d like to thank everyone who attended this session and for your willingness to share with the group. We hoped it helped to shed some light on men’s mental health and the Movember initiative. A special thanks to XS Roasting Kitchen for providing delicious platters to keep everyone fueled up during the session.

How we honoured R U OK? Day this year

We’re proud to support R U OK? Day, which is why we always host an event every year to mark this important occasion and spread awareness.

R U OK? Day encourages us to check-in on friends, family, and colleagues and ask that all-important question, ‘Are you okay?’

We wanted to help our community get in on the spirit of the day and start some meaningful conversations, so on Thursday 12 September, we hosted a pop-up event at Arbor Cafe.

We had a fabulous line up of activities to help take care of your physical and mental wellbeing, as well as your social health. If you missed it, or simply want to re-live it, check out the highlights below.

We started off with an R U OK? Day-themed floral photo wall set up, and lots of people could be seen happily posing for selfies and taking group photos with their colleagues – it was lovely to see.

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We also had an R U OK? Day lucky dip, where everyone scored a free mini-KitKat with an inspirational message attached. The little notes were all lovingly handwritten by your Community Manager and we hoped it helped to brighten up your day.

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The main drawcard of the day was our complimentary 10-minute seated massages. We had the team from Hills Physiotherapy on hand with Meg, Sandra, Samantha and Alysia, all ready to massage us into a state of bliss and melt away the stress of the day with their magic hands. The ladies were busy with back-to-back massages. Safe to say that our community members felt very relaxed.

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Arbor Cafe came through with the goods once again, offering a special lunch deal of a burger, chips and a can of soft drink for only $10. It was obviously popular, as the deal didn’t last long and completely sold out!

Last but not least was our Thursday Pilates class with Jule, which was happening simultaneously. We took the opportunity for a group photo to help create that community spirit and act as a reminder of what the day is all about. Check out our happy, smiling community promoting the R U OK? Day message.

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With a cute photo wall, free KitKats, complimentary massages, a great value lunch deal, and a free Pilates class, we were truly spoilt for choice with an abundance of cool stuff in just one day! We had something for everyone and we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

Nexus Sustainability Committee launch

The first meeting of the Nexus Sustainability Committee was a great success, with a solid start made to this important initiative

Presented by Salta Properties‘ Sustainability Manager Nikki Paton, we kicked off the meeting by stating the intention behind this committee and shared some cold hard facts with attendees, like this one: Did you know that 98% of our community who participated in the sustainability survey last year are concerned about the impact of waste on the environment?

This is a staggering statistic that was important to address and is what motivated us to start the Nexus Sustainability Committee in the first place! We had a great turn out, as you can see below.

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We partnered with a new waste management provider in order to improve our current waste management in the hope of reducing waste and diverting it from landfill. If you missed this announcement earlier in the year, you can catch up via this post: Ready for some trash talk?

The committee’s focus then shifted to discussing what we want to achieve at Nexus, and Salta Properties’s commitment to making substantial changes. As a result, we are now supplying all tenancies with complimentary waste and recycling bins, in order to help each tenancy correctly sort their rubbish.

These Ecobins will be offered free of charge and quantities will be dependent on the individual size of each tenancy.

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You might be surprised to know that Nexus Corporate is currently diverting over 42% of our waste from landfill. We think we can improve these stats and aim to increase this figure to 50% or more by the next financial year.

 

Salta announces $5 million investment plans for Nexus

We have commenced construction of more than 22,000 sqm of lettable space and $5 million worth of upgrades and services as part of the next stage for Nexus, making the expansive business park one of the most sought-after commercial developments in Melbourne.

The on-going investment and expansion of Nexus will continue to offer a variety of unique and innovative facilities aimed not only at our valued tenants, but directly towards their employees.

Once completed, the complex, valued at more than $1 billion, will provide in excess of 120,000 sqm of lettable space.

Managing Director, Sam Tarascio said that Nexus was unlike any development the company had undertaken in the past and that its team had worked with tenants and partners to create a unique environment.

 

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“We have made a significant investment in wellbeing at Nexus, investing an additional $5 million into the existing estate amenity and environmentally sustainable infrastructure, designed to make Nexus extremely occupier friendly.”

“A new 24/7 Health and Wellbeing Club is being built on the ground floor of 1 Nexus that includes allied health services like Yoga, Meditation and Pilates. A 1.4km circuit running track around the estate and outdoor gym will also be installed as well as upgrades to end of trip facilities. We have also invested in Equiem, a community engagement and communication platform, offering unrivalled connectivity throughout the complex,” Mr Tarascio said.

Equiem is available to all people working at Nexus, enabling them to communicate directly with the landlord and report issues to ensure uninterrupted services around the clock. The platform will also be used to coordinate activities throughout the estate, strengthening the Nexus community.

As part of Salta Properties’ expansion plans, it recently acquired a 2,957 sqm property adjoining Nexus at 1-3 Geddes Street. The property was bought for $2.475 million through Crabtree Real Estate. The site currently features a free-standing tenanted building occupied by Visit Group Pty Ltd on a long-term lease.

Crabtree’s Gavin Dumas said negotiations between the purchaser and the vendor had resulted in an agreement that contributes positively to the amenities available for existing tenants, as well as enabling further growth of Nexus.

Sam Tarascio said that there are numerous initiatives for the complex, including the construction of new buildings, which will provide an additional 15,000sqm of lettable space within the next two years, available in 2020 and 2021.

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“Nexus is a place where businesses and their staff want to relocate, so we are working hard to meet demand. The modern environment will be complemented by extensive landscaping, a new central plaza, expansive outdoor spaces and even a running track.

“This, coupled with the high-quality businesses already on-site, access points from both Springvale and Dunlop Roads, plus the focus on excellent communication has made Nexus one of the most sought after business estates outside the Melbourne CBD,” said Mr Dumas.

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