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Renew Projects: Renew Wollongong

Renew Australia has launched a new program in Wollongong to bring life into empty commercial spaces. Renew Wollongong will work with creative business enterprises and property owners in the Crown Street Mall Precinct to enhance vibrancy and introduce new ideas and experiences.

Renew Wollongong is looking for more vacant commercial properties to be activated. We have more than 40 expressions of interest and have a variety of creative projects, businesses and social enterprises looking to trial their idea in a commercial space.

If you have an empty commercial space in Wollongong CBD please contact Renew Wollongong Project Manager Alice Henchion on


If you have a creative project you would like to trial, please submit your expression of interest.


Renew Wollongong is funded by Wollongong City Council.

Pop and and see @glendalaartseedcards in the creat Pop and and see @glendalaartseedcards in the creative container. We love her sustainably creative art! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday #renewaustralia #renewwollongong
Come and visit Glenda in the creative container in Come and visit Glenda in the creative container in Crown St Mall. Her recycled seeded paper cards is are gorgeous! @glendalaartseedcards #renewwollongong
Come and say hello to the talented @laurabrennanar Come and say hello to the talented @laurabrennanart in the creative container this week. #renewaustralia #renewwollongong
Gey yourself a copy of digital recipe book from Re Gey yourself a copy of digital recipe book from Renew alumni Hidden Harvest for only $10 #renewwollongong #renewaustralia #Repost @hidden_harvest (@get_repost) ・・・ For quite some time we've been working on a very special project! Today we're excited to launch the Hidden Harvest Kitchen Collection; a digital recipe book with a difference. A diverse collection of simple recipes which will help you get creative with your leftovers, and find innovative ways to use up the bits of fruit and veg which normally go neglected. This 38-page food saving bonanza also features some classic HH recipes including our famous Salsa Verde, as well as pickling tips and tricks. The perfect go-to guide for beginners right through to competent cooks! We're offering up our knowledge in the form of this book for just $10 through our online shop. All proceeds will be directed into a special new venture we will be sharing in the near future. Link to our shop in bio! #cookbook #ebook #cooking #recipecollection #hiddenharvest #supportlocal
Melting Pot exhibition now showing in the creative Melting Pot exhibition now showing in the creative container in Crown St Mall. Open 10am to 2pm. #renewwollongong #renewaustralia
Check out beautiful work by @linda_brown_artist in Check out beautiful work by @linda_brown_artist in the Crown St Mall container. Now showing until 2nd June. #renewwollongong #renewaustralia #wollongongart #southcoastart #wollongong #whatsonwollongong
Get your next read home delivered by @societycityw Get your next read home delivered by @societycitywollongong. #secondhand #isoreading #supportlocal
Pop in and see the lovely Jenna from @dreams_and_w Pop in and see the lovely Jenna from @dreams_and_wildflowers in the creative container today from 11am to 3pm. You'll find a peaceful haven of dried flowers and posies for sale from $7 #renewaustralia #renewwollongong
@hidden_harvest is turning 5! Help them celebrate. @hidden_harvest is turning 5! Help them celebrate... #renewwollongong #renewaustralia #Repost @hidden_harvest (@get_repost) ・・・ Hidden Harvest is turning five: a milestone to be celebrated! 🍉 Over the years, together with you; our volunteers, guests, our community, we have saved more than 5,000 kilos of food from ending up in landfill, that’s the equivalent of saving eight and a half thousand kilos of CO2 from ending up in the atmosphere! We’ve held over 100 events, with 34 of these in 2019 alone. We’ve opened our very own kitchen and reached a community of over 6,000 people! Join us to celebrate this as we serve up a special something for the month of March. ~ FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS - 6-9pm & SATURDAY BRUNCHES - 10am-1pm ~ We will open our kitchen to you, serving up delicious dishes on a come-in-as-you-feel basis. There will be scrumptious food made from rescued produce, coffee, chats and good times. Join us as we set the table on the road to saving the millionth kilo! We will also be serving up your regular HH faves: 4th March: Wasted Wednesday community dinner 21st & 25th March: Peel 2 Meal cooking workshops See you soon! . #happybirthday #celebrate #foodcommunity #wollongongfoodie #lovefoodhatewaste
Check out beautiful, quirky art, books, zines, pri Check out beautiful, quirky art, books, zines, prints and more by @clare.otoole in the creative container in the mall this week. She's open 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday + late on Thursday. #renewwollongong #renewaustralia

Renew Wollongong Current Participants

3D Studios

3D Studios is a one-stop-shop for Illawarra Musicians and Artists. It will retail/office/workshop space during the day and by night an exhibition space / social workshop venue. The team at ...

Gennifer Anderson Art

As a ‘constructor’ of art Gennifer uses a wide variety of media, found objects and resin. Gennifer says the resin enriches the colour and protects the work with a glass ...

Renew Wollongong Alumni

Golden Globe Ramen

Golden Globe Ramen was a short term activation bringing beautiful ramen to the people of Wollongong.

Gina Barjeel Designs

Gina Barjeel is start-up fashion brand that is distinct and different. Gina wants to empower women by providing them with stylish designer clothing and upskill women in Australia to be ...

Arts Eclectic

Arts Eclectic is home to a vibrant group of artists, artisans, makers, and collectors local to the Wollongong area. You’ll find unique handmade clothing, shoes and accessories, paintings, sculpture, upcycled ...

Ocean Space Collective

Ocean Space Collective is education and event space that integrates science and art to inspire social change for a healthier ocean and sustainable future.


274 is a space of collaboration, between Hidden Harvest and Society City. Both initiatives share a passion for challenging the way people think about what they consume, in the vital ...

Renew Wollongong Testimonials

The Renew Wollongong initiative is an incredible opportunity. It has given me the chance to share my work with the community and bring to life an idea that has been floating around my head for quite some time.

- Ocean Space Collective, Renew Wollongong
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Being part of the Renew Wollongong program has been an extremely rewarding journey. I have had a very positive experience with the Renew team and the real estate agent involved. They have supported me every step of the way, providing advice assistance and encouragement at every stage. With belonging being a major influence on my art it has been rewarding for me to feel welcomed and supported from the start.

- Gennifer Anderson Art, Renew Wollongong
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Renew is a fantastic opportunity to challenge the way we occupy space in the city. It is building relationships based on mutual benefit between the people who own property and the people who want to use it. This has given us access to a space to try new ways of collaborating and providing new services that the Wollongong community needs.

- 274, Renew Wollongong
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“We are excited about the contribution that the Renew Wollongong Program can make and its potential to inject new ideas. In conjunction with the existing businesses in the precinct, Renew Wollongong will give residents and visitors alike another good reason to visit.”
– Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM

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“Our client’s view is that this is a positive initiative for Wollongong CBD. We anticipate that this project will further stimulate the area by increasing foot traffic and creating a higher chance of securing long term tenants.”
– James Mulcair from Knight Frank Illawarra

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