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Renew Projects: Renew Cairns

Renew Australia has partnered with Cairns Regional Council to enliven Cairns City Centre by transforming empty shopfronts into creative spaces.

Now in year three of the project, Renew Australia works with the local community, property owners and representatives, to utilise vacant commercial spaces and make them available to creatives and entrepreneurs, who will be able to trial their business, project, or ideas in a commercial setting. The property is provided on a rent-free basis via a 30-day rolling license, and offered to a business that compliments, not competes, with existing businesses in the area.

Renew Cairns is designed to rejuvenate areas experiencing significant commercial vacancy through increased foot traffic and activity, whilst supporting Cairns’ local creative and entrepreneurial communities. By advocating for, and developing projects that will draw people back into this area via events, workshops, exhibitions and classes, the Renew Cairns Project will benefit existing local businesses and traders.

Expressions of Interest for the Renew Cairns are now open and will remain open for the duration of the project. If you are interested in applying for a space, the Expression of Interest (EOI) is now open to creatives and entrepreneurs in the local community. Apply online:

Individuals, managing agents or property owners with vacant or underutilised spaces within the area are encouraged to contact Renew Australia.

For any initial inquiries, please contact Project Manager Phil Druery

Those interested can follow Renew Cairns on Facebook, Renew Australia on Instagram, or sign up to our email newsletter to be the first to find out about what’s on.


Map of local Cairns artists, makers and creatives

Renew Cairns Current Participants

Fuchia earrings - Roser Mercer

Rose Mercer Jewellery Artist

1/13 Shields St, Cairns Handcrafted | Recycled Sterling Silver | Jeweller  Self taught in the art of metal work, Rose hand crafts unique, botanically inspired jewellery. Using recycled sterling silver ...

House of Kindred - Cairns

House of Kindred

13 Shield Street, Cairns QLD. leather craft | workshops | artist hub House of Kindred is a gift boutique and a workshop space. They sell handmade leather accessories, and hand ...

Yakal - Cairns


Yakal: Shop 133, 53-57 The Esplanade, Cairns (Mantra) Art Gallery | Gallery Owners & Artist in residence Simone Arnol & Bernard Lee Singleton. Yakal. is a gallery and workspace where ...

Renew Cairns Alumni

Artisan Bay Workshops - Cairns Workshop

Artisan Bay Workshops

Shop 10 – 58 Lake Street, Cairns Creative Studio | Workshops | Locally Made Artisan Bay Workshops is an art and craft studio at its core. However, it is more ...

The Ironing Maidens - Cairns

The Ironing Maidens

12 Shields Street, Cairns, QLD projections | art installations | music | performance Melania Jack is a queer, regional, artist working within music, film, projection, and performance platforms. Her work ...

Renew Cairns Launch, 2022

Bespoke Stitchery

Melissa opened her business in 2017 as a dressmaker and expanded to be a manufacturer for other local designers, teaching sewing classes and she’s now creating her own brand. She ...

Renew Cairns Launch, 2022

The Cheek Co

The Cheek Co is a company designed for all ages with a young energy looking to bring the brand’s online presence into a physical space. All Cheek Co products are ...

Renew Cairns Launch, 2022

Kiss Teas

The business produces and sells a range of cold infused carbonated soft drinks and hot tea blends, and dry products. Beauty products include eye bags and bath blends, all made ...

Renew Cairns Launch, 2022

Golden Orb Collective

The Golden Orb Collective is located in a challenging part of the street, next to a 24/7 convenience store that is an all-hours hub. Despite its location, a creative studio, ...

Project Partners

Renew Cairns Testimonials

I am a firm believer in the saying – activity breeds activity.  One of the greatest obstacles both a landlord and his agent must overcome with leasing vacant premises is the perception that there is something wrong with the location, the building, or the lease deal on offer because it is vacant – when in most instances it is other market conditions.

The Renew Cairns program activates the property and assists in driving new leasing inquiries.  The tenancy itself is presented in a better light due to the occupant’s products on display and ease of access.  Similarly, it assists in bringing any objections to the front of the conversation as it helps the prospective lessee to visualise the space as they would like to fit out to display their merchandise.

I would recommend the Renew Cairns program to property owners of properties that have been vacant for long periods of time, as it generates activity that leads to increased inquiries.

– Jay Beattie, CBRE Cairns

- Renew Cairns, Renew Cairns
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