Jack’s Reloaded Media Release August 2016

10 August 2016 | Posted in: Media, News

Media Release August 2016

Jack’s Reloaded

Calling all Melbourne creatives and entrepreneurs!

Working Heritage has embarked on a project with Renew Australia to activate the currently unutilised buildings at Jack’s Magazine in Maribyrnong. Ross Turnbull, Executive Officer of Working Heritage says, “Jack’s Magazine is a remarkable heritage place with lots of potential for reuse. Getting creative people into the buildings, utilising the space, is the first step in bringing some life to the site.”

Angela Simons from Renew Australia says, “This is a first for Renew Australia. Typically, one of the biggest hurdles of a Renew initiative is finding property owners willing to lend us their space.”

“The Jack’s Reloaded initiative will help to bring more people into the historic site and encourage people to spend more time there. It will also demonstrate the potential future uses for the heritage listed site and provide the opportunity for new businesses and community initiatives to test their ideas at minimal cost.”

Working Heritage will work with Renew Australia to place creative enterprises and projects into the disused spaces at Jack’s Magazine; helping make the site active, while ensuring the property is looked after.

Jack’s Magazine was opened in 1878 to safely store explosives. It was decommissioned in 1990s and has been unused and inaccessible from that time. Working Heritage was appointed to manage the Crown Land site in 2015.

Expressions of Interest are currently open. Applications can be made via both the Jack’s Magazine and Renew Australia websites.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Angela Simons, Renew Australia 9882 0785 or via email [email protected]

Revolution Marrickville – Expression of Interest

27 May 2016 | Posted in: Media, News

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Revolution Marrickville is a new joint initiative of Renew Australia, the lessor and Clearpoint.

We have seven (yep, seven!) spaces becoming available that need people with the ability to be open at least five days per week, have more than one person involved and have an exciting activation plan!

Ideally we are seeking an active business or project that goes above and beyond just selling their products or service that can bring people in through their teachings, exhibitions, studios, workshops, or impromptu events. We are looking for people who know their stuff and are ready to jump in and be part of the program.

This Expression of Interest round will close on Friday, 17 June 2016.

If you are ready to apply fill out the application form by clicking Expression of Interest.

Should you require further information on this Expression of Interest or how the program works, please email the Revolution Marrickville Project Manager at [email protected]

Engaged by the lessor and Clearpoint, Revolution Marrickville is an initiative by Renew Australia that aims to temporarily fill vacant spaces in 359 Illawarra Road with artisans, cultural projects and community groups.


Creating Cities: the book is available now

1 September 2015 | Posted in: Media


Buy the book now!

Want to know more about the how, what and why of Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia?

Over the last 2 years Marcus Westbury has been working on a crowdfunded book that tells the story of the Renew idea from the very beginning.

According to Matthew Westwood in The Australian newspaper:

Creating Cities, about Renew Newcastle and the lessons learned. It’s part memoir, part how-to guide, and is very readable. It starts with Westbury’s frustration, on returning to his home town after several years away, at seeing the vacant shopfronts in the city centre, his desire to do something with those empty spaces and the obstacles — legal, regulatory, bureaucratic, economic — that stood in his way.

It’s astonishing to read that when Westbury contacted commercial real estate agents about their vacant properties, no one returned his emails or phone calls. Even a former mayor tried to discourage him, denying that Newcastle even had a problem with empty buildings.

He writes very persuasively about the over-regulation of public spaces, and what seems to be a determination on the part of civic authorities to squander the goodwill and enthusiasm of imaginative, dedicated people.

“What grips me is how places enable or thwart people with initiative,” he writes with the authority of someone who has fought such battles himself.

Creating Cities was made possible as the result of a record breaking Australian crowd funding campaign. If you weren’t one of the supporters you can now order your copy of Creating Cities direct from the Creating Cities web site.

It’s engaging, illuminating, inspiring and a great read!

Renew Sydney looking for new project proposals!

11 February 2015 | Posted in: Uncategorized

Renew Sydney is seeking new project proposals!

We have new spaces becoming available that need people with the ability to be open at least six days per week, have more than one person involved and have an exciting activation plan!


When Renew Leichhardt first began we captured the details of many interested artists and entrepreneurs that has formed our potential participant list that we are still using when properties become available. Over a year later, we are coming to a point where some of the applicants are no longer available, their ideas and their availability has changed or they can only be available on a part time basis. As we are starting to open up spaces that are in high visibility locations and we require genuinely active businesses and projects that can be open for at least six days a week.

Ideally we are seeking an active business or project that goes above and beyond just selling their products or service that can bring people in through their teachings, exhibitions, studios, workshops, or impromptu events.  We are looking for people who know their stuff and are ready to jump in and be part of the program.

Does that sound like you or someone you know? The EOI has now closed. More opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

Media Release: Renew Eurobodalla Places 5 New Businesses

9 December 2014 | Posted in: Media, News


Renew Eurobodalla tenants ready to move into their new premises in Moruya’s Courthouse Arcade. Councillor Rob Pollock and Mayor Lindsay Brown with Arcade Studio-3 designers Katy Goddard and Chris McInerney and owner of Rethread the Earth, Zowie Ratugolea with daughter Kelereyani.

Eurobodalla Shire Council is pleased to announce the first businesses that have found new homes as part of their Renew Eurobodalla project.

A new business hub will operate in Batemans Bay, while Moruya’s Courthouse Arcade will host a bag designer who uses reclaimed materials, as well as an art and design studio that will be shared by three creative businesses.

Mayor Lindsay Brown says he is delighted to see the first Renew Eurobodalla businesses finding homes before Christmas. ‘With support from property owners who have made empty shops available for the project, these business owners can trial their new locations to see if they are ready to sign a commercial lease,’ said Cr Brown.

‘This is a big step in the Renew project. It’s been great to see local property owners supporting this initiative, and I hope that the community will also offer their support to these businesses by visiting them.’

Rethread the Earth will produce bags made from up-cycled fabrics and vintage fashion and Arcade Studio-3 will be used as a working space for an artist, a designer and an architect.

The Business Hub Australia will offer resources for businesses including support and training in social media marketing, administration and technical services, as well as a private meeting room and casual work stations with internet connections. The hub will host an open day on Wednesday 17 December upstairs at Annette’s Arcade, Batemans Bay where you can find out what the hub can do for your business.


Retail and office spaces are still available through Renew Eurobodalla. If you would like more information about the project and how you can move your creative business into retail or office space, contact Sarah Cooper on 02 4474 1271 or [email protected].  

Renew Cooma – Launched!

3 November 2014 | Posted in: Uncategorized

It’s official – Renew Cooma has launched and ready for business. Marcus visited Cooma last Wednesday to celebrate the launch of their project and see firsthand the spaces which have been transformed.

Renew Cooma became an affiliate of Renew Australia in August and in three short months they have already secured five spaces and activated them with local artists and designers.

Through the Cooma Chamber of Commerce and spearheaded by Suzanne Dunning, shops which had previously sat empty are now bringing life back to Vale and Sharp Street, while giving locals the opportunity to test their ideas in a retail setting.

Congratulations to all in Renew Cooma! We can’t wait to hear more news!

Participant Snapshot – The Front @ Docklands Spaces

8 October 2014 | Posted in: News

The Front is a unique art space dedicated to large scale art installation in the front space, and participatory and collaborative ideas in the back space.


What have been some of the best things about having a space to test your idea?

Putting large-scale art installation in a big window so that people passing by can see it day and night.

Getting positive feedback from passers-by and the other tenants.

Exposure to a different art audience for the artists

Bringing a diverse group of people down to Docklands.

Being rewarded by seeing it work. And then being able to let the idea evolve to include other people and ideas.

Taking some of the projects out of the space to engage with the Docklands community.

Forming a team of people and seeing them run with the project and get benefit from being part of the project.

Finding we are growing an identity that becomes seen as part of the community down here.

The challenges we have faced mean we are growing skills.

Giving back to the community.

While participating in the Renew program, what have been some of the discoveries you’ve made in your area?

The best Vietnamese food is on Rakia Way. REAL Vietnamese food at such bargain prices.

If you’re really broke go to the IGA and browse their bainmarie. A quiche for $2.95, a muffin for $1.80 and fruit for 50 cents.

Gloria Jeans has the friendliest staff.

You can get handbags and luggage at bargain prices at Harbourtown.

The best coffee is at The Foodcourt, extra friendly service by Nico.

The walk to the Bolte Bridge is great and once you get under the bridge there’s a great walk around the back to the Wheel and the dinosaur.

The water side is under appreciated and that’s a shame.

What other creative enterprises are you inspired by?

The Foodcourt and D11 are very interesting. Also, Andria at the Clothing project is inspiring. Her project training refugees is fantastic.
What is your website, store address or where else we can find you?

We don’t have a website, instead we rely upon facebook. Find us at

The page talks about our work and our community, referencing interesting information we come across. We see it as a place to build our Docklands identity and the Docklands Spaces Project as an inclusive art precinct.

Visit The Front at 424 Docklands Drive, Docklands, Melbourne

What’s on at Docklands Spaces in October

7 October 2014 | Posted in: News

Visit their facebook and website for more news and updates

Thank you!

Renew Eurobodalla – Calling for Expressions of Interest

29 September 2014 | Posted in: News

Renew Eurobodalla have spaces to fill!

Renew Eurobodalla, an affiliate member of Renew Australia, are looking for creative enterprises to activate empty spaces in their local towns. Run by the Eurobodalla Shire Council, Renew Eurobodalla are seeking expressions of interest from artists, designers, photographers, printmakers, architects, milliners, jewellers, publishers, animators and all creative enterprises inbetween to revitalise empty spaces in the area.

Located on the south coast of NSW, this is an ideal opportunity for local or neighbouring town residents to test their creative business venture at low cost and bring life and activity to these otherwise empty spaces.

Applications are open until Friday October 10th – 4:00pm.

For more information or to complete an application visit the Renew Eurobodalla council website.


Renew Leichhardt Launch Event! Sunday 16th March 11am-2pm

12 March 2014 | Posted in: News

Renew Leichhardt is launching with an official Renew Leichhardt launch event run in partnership with the Leichhardt Municipal Council. It’s going to be a fantastic day for all ages, so bring the kids!

There will be roaming entertainers, face painters, market stalls, our participants will be trading and it will be a great opportunity to find out more about Renew Leichhardt, how it works and how you can become involved.

Renew Leichhardt Launch Event

The Italian Forum

21-23 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Sunday 16th March 11am – 2pm