Do you have a creative business idea that you want to trail for the first time and need a retail space to try it out in?
Expressions of Interest are now open for Renew Melbourne’s projects, including retail spaces in the Docklands, Greensborough and Bridge Road, Richmond.
This is a low cost, rent free opportunity to create a short term retail space, that will allow you to try out your business in a main street and bring a vibrant idea to life. Not only that, you will be able to give back to the community by activating a vacant shop front and helping to make an active and interesting shopping strip.
Greensborough Comes Alive is set to bring new life into the Greensborough Town Centre
Calling all creatives in the Greensborough area to take part in this project
Renew Australia has been commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce to run a Renew-style initiative similar to that of Renew Newcastle or the Docklands Spaces project. Greensborough Comes Alive will activate some of the currently underused and vacant spaces within the Centre.
Cindy Plowman, Renew Australia, said: “The town centre already has a lot to offer; it’s active during the day and night and has good public transport access.”
“What this initiative will do is bring people onto the street and encourage people to travel the length of Grimshaw and Main Streets. Recent and proposed developments will continue to bring new people to the area. We just need to translate this into foot traffic along the street,” she said.
The project will fill some of the gaps along Grimshaw and Main Streets by activating vacant spaces with creative enterprises and independent local initiatives.
Four spaces have already been secured for use in the project, including two owned by Banyule City Council at 61 and 63 Main Street. The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Craig Langdon, said it was a great initiative.
“We fully support the Chamber of Commerce in its efforts to promote the Greensborough shopping centre, attract new tenancies and support local businesses,” Cr Langdon said. “The other benefit for us is that our properties are kept in good condition and are used by the community while generating interest in longer term tenancies.”
Renew Australia is now seeking makers, artists, designers, photographers, printmakers, painters, illustrators, architects, milliners, jewellers, publishers, laptop businesses, animators, video or music makers, and other creative types. This is a low cost opportunity to create a shop, gallery, studio, or collaborative workspace at participating properties in the Greensborough Town Centre.
This is your chance to be part of a growing “Renew” creative movement to promote local economic, cultural and community development, the arts and creative industries across Australia and to get a space to try out your own creative idea.
Renew Australia is pleased to announce the launch of our Sydney office and our first Sydney based project: Renew Leichhardt.
For the last few months we have been working with the team at Leichhardt Council to develop a plan for the area’s empty shop and office spaces. We’ve held two public meetings, we’ve met with property owners, we’ve secured a few properties in Norton Street and in the Italian Forum are we are now ready to roll out the first phase of the Renew Sydney program!
A full web site and local campaign are coming soon but we are calling for expressions of interest right now. We aim to have the first projects in by Christmas and continue to add projects throughout the new year.
We are very excited to be coming to Sydney and hope this is the first of many projects and opportunities in greater Sydney for Renew Australia! If you want to make sure you know more about these and other Renew Australia opportunities in Sydney then make sure you subscribe to our E-News, and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
Also if you’re in other local government areas in Sydney and you’d like to encourage Renew projects in your area then feel free to drop our new Sydney team a line: sydney [at] renewaustralia.org and we can see what we can do.
Marcus Westbury talks iterative cities, creative initiative and why making cities work for people without capital is a good idea
Great news in Renew Australia land! The Federal Government, through Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, have announced today that they will provide $300,000 of funding over the next three years to Renew Australia to support its work in community development and creative projects .
Federal funding will support Renew Australia’s growth and expansion into regional and remote centres and into the suburbs of major cities. This funding will assist Renew Australia to provide practical support including legal advice, insurance and advocacy to interested individuals and groups. This is the first funding that has been made available to support the national roll out of Renew schemes.
“This funding is the first government funding we have been offered to support the national roll out of the Renew Australia model,” Renew Australia founder and director Marcus Westbury said, “it will make a major difference in our ability to respond to and to practically support interest from communities across the country.”
Having started with Renew Newcastle there are already successful Renew based and inspired schemes already running in places such as Adelaide, Melbourne, Parramatta and Port Adelaide.
Over the last 12 months Renew Australia has been talking to and working with communities from every state of Australia including Leichhardt, Nowra, Bega, Merimbula, Eden, Frankston, Ballarat, Burnie, Devenport, Launceston, Moss Vale, Mildura, Albany, Fremantle, Moreton Bay, Katoomba and the Blue Mountains, Nambour, Moreland, Maitland, Wollongong, Redcliffe, Point Cook, Geelong and many more about establishing local empty space activation programs.
Despite extremely limited resources the Renewmodel has spread across the country to launch hundreds of creative projects including galleries, shops and studios in privately owned buildings that were empty, disused or vandalised. The Renew model is a creative yet effective way to address the problem of empty buildings that plague so many cities and towns while also stimulating economic and community development. As well as creating exciting new opportunities for our creative industries, the Renew model is dramatically improving the amenity of local communities, boosting community confidence and jobs.
“We are very pleased to learn that the funding for Renew Australia is already included in the Budget and hope that all sides of politics, all candidates and local communities will recognise the value — and potential value — of our work in local communities across Australia,” Mr Westbury said.
The map at the top of this post shows communities that have tried or are developing Renew type empty space programs (in blue), that have met with or visited Renew Newcastle or Renew Australia (green) or have contacted us requesting support (yellow).
Special Event: The Problems with Property forum August 26th Loop Bar Melbourne
Australian’s for Affordable Housing, Prosper Australia and Renew Australia present
The Problems with Property
Is Australia’s property market permanently broken? House prices are over-inflated, rents are unaffordable and thousands of shops and offices sit empty. How have we done this to our property markets and what can we do about it?
L-R Coralie Winn & Ryan Reynolds of GapFiller Christchurch, Marcus Westbury of Renew Australia and Dan Thompson from UK’s Empty Shops Network.
Renew Australia’s Creating Spaces Conference, held in Newcastle NSW, 12-14 March, brought together a diverse range of regional-based community leaders, councils, arts and economic development professionals from across Australia who are passionate about renewal and creativity, and interested in reactivating spaces within their own communities.
From local champions of community, to international empty shop activators, the conference saw a collision of creative ideas for spaces and some inspiring examples of projects that are activating spaces and communities around the world.
To find out what went on at Creating Spaces, head to the summary pages under the Creating Spaces tab above, or the direct links below:
Network with individuals and groups from all around Australia activating otherwise empty spaces with creative projects.
Build your foundation knowledge with best practice space activation so you can initiate and build similar projects in your own community. Workshops include:
+ The Case for Creating Spaces
+ Empty Space Reconaissance
+ Finding & Working with Property Owners
+ The Necessary Evils: Safety, Compliance, Legals & Insurance
+ Low Budget Conversions
+ Perfect Match: Projects & Spaces
+ Nurturing Creatives
+ Moving Towards Better Regulation
+ Strategic Partnerships
+ Leading From Local Government
+ Managing Expectations
Renew Australia hits the road with a tour of most capital cities to teach you the nuts and bolts of how to transform empty spaces in your community.
Making the most of empty spaces with creative enterprise is an introduction workshop for anyone interested in turning an empty space into something productive.
Presented by Marcus Westbury, founder of Renew Newcastleand Renew Australia, each day-long event will ensure you leave with an understanding of how to link enterprise with empty spaces – from finding creatives to gaining the support of landlords and everything in between.
Perth – 15 April
For more information and to secure before the early bird rate closes, book now at: Perth workshop