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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 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
#Repost @dj.bredaart (@get_repost) ・・・ Last #Repost @dj.bredaart (@get_repost) ・・・ Last weeks efforts with @solid.effort Tomorrow is the last dance with our cosmic cowboys @spaceboysofficial Let's send it out with a bang. All in, 9pm. 116 Crown St Takeover - See you there. Pic by @chris_frape_photo Cc: @renewwollongong @cityofwollongong
We're you at the Velvet Elevator gig last Friday n We're you at the Velvet Elevator gig last Friday night? More live music thus Friday at the container in the Mall with Solid Effort at 9pm #renewwollongong #renewaustralia #wollongongmusic #Repost @dj.bredaart (@get_repost) ・・・ Had a massive start to the 116 Crown St Takeover on Friday night with @velvetelevator and @chris_frape_photo exhibition opening. This Friday night we'll be there at the same time with @solid.effort , get down for it, gonna be special. 9pm. All free, all fun. Pic by @jyetalbotimagery
Live music and photo exhibition opening tonight at Live music and photo exhibition opening tonight at 6pm. @chris_frape_photo @velvetelevator @dj.bredaart
Watch out Wollongong @dj.bredaart + @chris_frape_p Watch out Wollongong @dj.bredaart + @chris_frape_photo are taking over the container with a live music photo exhibition opening this Friday at 6pm and bands playing every Friday night in January at 9pm #Repost @dj.bredaart (@get_repost) ・・・ The 116 Crown takeover has begun, the risograph prints by @chris_frape_photo of the posters are in, can’t wait to see what he does inside. Opening is this Friday night from 6pm, then @velvetelevator will take the stage at 9. Come see some Gong glory. Cc: @renewwollongong @wollongongcentralofficial @wollongongcity
The @fairtradegifthub is still open in the creativ The @fairtradegifthub is still open in the creative container this week pop into to see their amazing wares in lower Crown St Mall #Repost @fairtradegifthub (@get_repost) ・・・ Step into the Gift Hub today in Crown Street, Wollongong to find fabulous, fair trade, hand-made goods. Back pack from @thetoucanshop ; cushion from @globalconductfairtrade ; baby change mat and toys from @modimade ; dress from @stitchdethicalclothing ; blue bag from @koguis Jewellry and Fair Trade Handicrafts from Colombia, South America. @wollongongcity @renewwollongong #wollongong #fairtrade #crownstreetwollongong #makeadifference #bethechange #handmade #ethicalfashion #ethicallymade #sustainablefashion #sustainableliving #uganda #southamerica #indonesia #laostyles
Gorgeous handmade leatherwork at the @fairtradegif Gorgeous handmade leatherwork at the @fairtradegifthub. Open Wednesday to Saturday with a super selection of unique gifts. #renewaustralia #renewaustralia #wollongong #Repost @fairtradegifthub (@get_repost) ・・・ @ethicaperu’s striking fair trade leather range makes the perfect Christmas gift and supports teen mums in Peru - Give the gift that gives! Available at The Fair Trade Gift Hub in the shipping container on Crown Street Mall Wollongong #ethica #fairtraders #ethicalgifts #buyfair #makeadifference #purchasepower #wollongong #crownstreetmall #christmasgifts #ethicalchristmas #sustainable #handmade #fairtrade

Renew Wollongong Current Participants

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.

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


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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