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Renew Projects: Renew Docklands – Shopfront Activation Program

Renew Docklands – Shopfront Activation Program

In partnership with the City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government, Renew Australia is set to revitalise the Docklands as part of the City’s new  Shopfront Activation Program.

Renew Australia will work with the City, the local community, property owners and representatives to transform empty shopfronts into creative spaces, bespoke displays and fledgling retail spaces. The Renew Docklands Project aims to enliven this iconic part of Melbourne that currently faces serious long-term economic challenges.

The Shopfront Activation Program is designed to rejuvenate  areas experiencing significant commercial vacancy through increased foot traffic and activity, whilst supporting Melbourne’s local creative and entrepreneurial communities. By advocating for, and developing projects that will draw people  back into this area and its businesses, the Renew Docklands Project will not only provide opportunities for local creative industries to trial their ideas, but also benefit  existing local businesses.

The program will target both the Victoria Harbour and New Quay areas within Melbourne’s Docklands.

Individuals, managing agents or property owners with vacant or underutilised spaces within the area are encouraged to contact Renew Australia – we would love to hear from you!

A formal Expression of Interest (EOI) will be released shortly, however for any initial inquiries, please contact

Participant EOI

In the coming weeks, an Expression of Interest (EOI) will be opened to creatives and entrepreneurs in the local community.

We are seeking creators, makers, artists, and entrepreneurs to apply to be a part of the Renew Docklands program.

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