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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.

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.

Renew Cairns Current Participants

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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