Media Release August 2016
Calling all Melbourne creatives and entrepreneurs!
Working Heritage has embarked on a project with Renew Australia to activate the currently unutilised buildings at Jack’s Magazine in Maribyrnong. Ross Turnbull, Executive Officer of Working Heritage says, “Jack’s Magazine is a remarkable heritage place with lots of potential for reuse. Getting creative people into the buildings, utilising the space, is the first step in bringing some life to the site.”
Angela Simons from Renew Australia says, “This is a first for Renew Australia. Typically, one of the biggest hurdles of a Renew initiative is finding property owners willing to lend us their space.”
“The Jack’s Reloaded initiative will help to bring more people into the historic site and encourage people to spend more time there. It will also demonstrate the potential future uses for the heritage listed site and provide the opportunity for new businesses and community initiatives to test their ideas at minimal cost.”
Working Heritage will work with Renew Australia to place creative enterprises and projects into the disused spaces at Jack’s Magazine; helping make the site active, while ensuring the property is looked after.
Jack’s Magazine was opened in 1878 to safely store explosives. It was decommissioned in 1990s and has been unused and inaccessible from that time. Working Heritage was appointed to manage the Crown Land site in 2015.
Expressions of Interest are currently open. Applications can be made via both the Jack’s Magazine and Renew Australia websites.
Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Angela Simons, Renew Australia 9882 0785 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org