Renew Australia is a new national social enterprise designed to catalyse community renewal, economic development, the arts and creative industries across Australia. It works with communities and property owners to take otherwise empty shops, offices, commercial and public buildings and make them available to incubate short term use by artists, creative projects and community initiatives.
Renew Australia is based on the intellectual property, experience, and case study pioneered by Renew Newcastle. In 2008 Renew Newcastle was established as a low cost, low budget DIY urban renewal scheme that has proved highly successful and generated significant media and community interest locally, nationally and internationally. Through a simple strategy based on the temporary and low cost creative activation of some of the more than 150 empty buildings in the Newcastle CBD significant parts of Newcastle have been transformed. Less than two years later as the direct result of Renew Newcastle’s activities more than 70 new businesses and initiatives had been seeded and Newcastle was hailed by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2011 due to the exciting, eclectic creative community that had been seeded there.
Renew Australia is a not for profit company limited by guarantee that trades as a social enterprise. It provides fee for service based training, consultancy, research and other services to councils, state and federal government, economic development professionals, developers and property owners. Revenue made from this will allow us to subsidise services, to offer seed funding and support for artists and community groups, and free and subsidised training for community builders.