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Why Renew Australia?

Renew Australia has developed contracts and insurance systems, engagement and consultation strategies, guides, support structures and a suite of tools to help local communities develop Renew programs and transform their vacant spaces

Renew Australia strives to:

  • Enliven and activate streets, precincts or towns that are struggling or in a period of change by taking otherwise empty shops and offices and incubating creative initiatives in them
  • Create opportunities for creative and start up businesses, not for profits and social enterprises to trial an idea with little to no overhead

Benefits to property owners and managers

  • The for lease or sale signs stay up, and the agent continues to promote the property to potential long term paying tenants
  • Participants are on a 30-day rolling license agreement; therefore, 30 days’ notice can be given at any time
  • Renew Australia provides public liability and broken glass insurance for the property
  • The participants pay for utilities and look after the property
  • The property is open, engaging and cared for, rather than boarded-up reducing the chance of vandalism, increasing the appeal of the property and assisting potential long term tenants visualise their own business in the space
  • The owner’s ordinarily empty property will contribute to creating a vibrant and marketable precinct to potential commercial tenants or purchasers and increasing the wider community appeal.
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Benefits to the community

  • Avoidance or mitigation of blight and anti-social behavior through occupation and activation of otherwise empty space
  • Improved business and community confidence by keeping the street, precinct or area ‘alive’
  • Skills development provided for start ups and creatives to help capacity build
  • Creation of jobs through start up businesses
  • An opportunity for local ideas, businesses and practices to trial an idea without significant overheads and long term commitments
  • Improved regional ‘brand value’, tourism and inward investment.
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