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Renew Geelong is Launched!

9 October 2018 | Posted in: Media, News

Mayor Bruce Harwood; Peter Lamell, Chair Renew Australia; Angela Simons, Manager Renew Australia; Andrea Bruce, Project Manager Renew Geelong; Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy

Mayor Bruce Harwood; Peter Lamell, Chair Renew Australia; Angela Simons, Manager Renew Australia; Andrea Bruce, Project Manager Renew Geelong; Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy

Employing the successful model pioneered in Newcastle, Renew Geelong is ready to connect owners of vacant properties with makers, creators, artists, community groups and local enterprises to reinvigorate empty spaces in central Geelong – Rent free!

Renew Geelong is the brainchild of Renew Australia and is an urban renewal scheme that aims to fill empty buildings and spaces to bring new life to under-utilized and under-appreciated precincts, while simultaneously providing emerging artists and performers with a forum for showcasing their talent.

A not-for-profit social enterprise, Renew Geelong is funded by the City of Greater Geelong and Creative Victoria to match spaces to projects and ensure that potential tenants compliment surrounding businesses.

Renew Geelong Project Manager Andrea Bruce

Renew Geelong Project Manager Andrea Bruce

Working with local property owners, Renew Geelong will deliver rolling 30-day free licenses that place creative enterprises and projects into empty spaces, activating and enhancing the value of properties while long-term, paying tenants are secured. The spaces are provided to creative tenants free of charge subject to a nominal fee for public and product liability insurance. The initiative removes substantial risks for budding creative in setting up premises and taking their ideas to the next level.

Renew Geelong is now inviting expressions of interest from individuals and groups who would like to utilize space for creative projects within Central Geelong. Anyone from the region who has a creative idea, project, skill or product in the pipeline that would benefit from premises in central Geelong is invited to apply.

Visit www.renewgeelong.org to register interest and apply for a rent-free space.

 


What is Renew Geelong and where do I find it?

Mandy Dollery and Clare Holder from Geelong Illustrators with Mayor Bruce Harwood (centre)

Mandy Dollery and Clare Holder from Geelong Illustrators with Mayor Bruce Harwood (centre)

The Renew Geelong Concept Space, based at 105-107 Morrabool Street, Market Square Shopping Centre, currently plays host to three creative businesses including The Geelong Illustrators Workshop and Studio, a collective of 22 artists; Waja Creations with unique concrete and timber pieces and a large selection of rare plants; and Fair Dinkum Moccies who creates made to order Moccies. Slip next door to 109 Moorabool Street and experience all things repurposed at BOE, The Reimaginarium.

Jacek Kowalski from Waja Creations, currently based at The Renew Geelong Concept Space

Jacek Kowalski from Waja Creations, currently based at The Renew Geelong Concept Space

If you haven’t been to Little Malop Street lately you may be surprised to see The Dot Collective and Ruck Agency embracing the vibrancy and personality of the mall. An Arts Agent and Marketing specialist respectively, they are based at 105 Lt Malop Street.

Christine Couzens MP Geelong, Lach Ryan (Ruck Agency), Nick Mills (Dot Collective), Mayor Bruce Harwood

Christine Couzens MP Geelong, Lach Ryan (Ruck Agency), Nick Mills (Dot Collective), Mayor Bruce Harwood

The Belcher Arcade, offered to Renew Creatives free of charge by Up Property, is also set for a shake up with three creative projects confirmed for the Arcade with more to be announced. The Indirect Object, an award-winning collaborative group with performers and technical artists, producing large-scale interactive installations, community engagement activations, experimental live art performance and roving puppets, will take pride of place in the old Mountain Design shop. See their work in action at White Night Geelong on 13 October 2018. Venture a little further into the Arcade and you will see Legio-Centurion Films, Mark Sinozic has set up their studio, shooting short films and webseries. Finally, Hearth Tales will see professional storyteller, Niki Na Meadhra create visual world drawings from rich story traditions – myth, legend, folklore, inviting the community for storytelling events and workshops.

Belcher Arcade will be activated during the month of October with at least two additional projects still to be announced.

 


Property Focus

Market Square in central Geelong has opened up some spaces to the project

Market Square in central Geelong has opened up some spaces to the project

Renew Australia is delighted to confirm Market Square and Up Property as the first property partners for the Renew Geelong project.

Commercial spaces from both Market Square and the Belcher Arcade will be amongst the first properties activated by creative projects and social initiatives for the Renew Geelong Project, supported by the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Geelong. Renew will be working closely with both Market Square, Centre Management and Up Property to match projects to spaces
across the Shopping Centre and the Belcher Arcade, transforming up to seven properties over the coming months.

Market Square is located in the heart of Central Geelong offering over 80 fashion, health & beauty, food, services, electronics and homewares retailers. The Centre is bordered by Moorabool, Malop, Little Malop and Yarra Streets, with a number of shops facing the street selected for participation in the Renew project. The Renew Concept Space will be located at 105 -107 Moorabool Street and will host a number of creative projects within the collaborative space.

Belcher Arcade is destined for a redevelopment, with Up Property planning to breathe new life into the two-level arcade, transforming it into a modern location which may include mix of office, retail and hospitality spaces. In its current condition, the arcade will provide the chance for up to five potential new innovative businesses and projects to thrive as part of the new Renew Geelong initiative.

Belcher Arcade in Geelong CBD, now home to local creatives

Belcher Arcade in Geelong CBD, now home to local creatives

Up Property is a Melbourne based boutique real estate investment company. With a focus on both commercial property investment and residential development, their expertise lies in identifying, acquiring and managing real estate opportunities that offer compelling upside potential. Having long seen Geelong as a favourable location for investment, Up Property purchased their first property in Geelong back in 2004. Since then they have been prominent investors and developers both in the Geelong CBD and surrounding suburbs, most recently securing the new head office for the Geelong Advertiser.

 


What’s new?

Pako Festa Exhibition, Renew Geelong Project Space (107 Moorabool Street, Market Square Shopping Centre)

Pako Festa

Pako Festa Poster Display 1983-current
From Monday 8th October – Friday 9th November, 2018

Pako Festa has an incredible 36 year history and for the entire month of October we are opening the vault!

Come and discover posters from past events and the evolution of Carmen Miranda over the years from posters to event t’shirts. Pako Festa is a living history of the diversity found in Geelong and we thank the many community groups that have shaped Geelong’s Cultural fabric over the past 36 years.

For your chance to meet the team, discover the Pako Festa archives and find out how you can get involved in the 2019 event visit us on any Monday throughout the month of October and you never know Carmen Miranda might pop in for a surprise visit.

Diversitat Pako Festa, established in 1983 is held annually on the last Saturday in February and has become an important platform to ensure that Victoria’s multicultural communities can celebrate, preserve and share cultural traditions in a meaningful way. The event attracts over 100,000 people and injects over 5million dollars into the local economy in just one day.

Pako Festa promotes a general positive awareness of the cultural diversity in the Greater Geelong Region, through a combination of food, music, dance, and creative projects by transfer of information in a harmonious environment.

With nearly 40 diverse communities coming together in the planning and delivery of the event, Pako Festa fosters cross cultural awareness, understanding, respect, community unity and intercultural relationships.

 


Be sure to check out…

06 October: One Artist’s Trash: One artists trash is another artist’s treasure!
08 October – 9 November: Pako Festa Poster Exhibition
06 November: Shopping Festival and Sidewalk Sales; The Renew Geelong Concept space (105-109 Moorabool Street) will be participating in the Sidewalk Sale Shop: Waja Creations, Geelong Illustrators, Fair Dinkum Moccies, BOE The Reimaginarium

 


Want more information?

If you are a property owner or agent, or have interest in space, we welcome you to contact the Renew Australia team via [email protected] or via phone 03 9982 0785.

Renew Australia not only accept applications from creatives (someone who makes and creates their own wares or intellectual property), but also other social enterprises and not-for-profit groups. Previous Renew Australia participants have included galleries, arts collectives, architects, film-makers, festival produces and graphic designers. If you’re unsure about whether you qualify, please contact [email protected]

Renew Australia launches in Crown Street Mall

6 September 2018 | Posted in: Media, News

Renew Australia launches in Crown Street Mall

Wollongong City Council is working with Renew Australia to add extra creativity and vibrancy to vacant spaces in the Crown Street Mall precinct through a Renew Wollongong Program.

“We’re working with our partner, Renew Australia, to help bring creative business enterprises and projects to underutilised spaces in the Crown Street Mall precinct.” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM.

“The Renew Wollongong Program aims to provide business creatives with the opportunity to grow their skills and develop projects that will help activate some of the currently underutilised spaces.
“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.”

Angela Simons, Manager at Renew Australia, said: “After a successful scoping project last year, when the team met with real estate agents and owners to gauge their support, we are thrilled to be working in Wollongong. Our study found that a Renew Wollongong initiative was not only viable, but of great interest and demand from private property owners, local agents and Council.

“Renew Wollongong will help to bring even more people into the area and encourage people to spend more time on Crown Street, encourage more foot traffic for nearby businesses and the area in general. It also provides the opportunity for owners and agents to show potential paying tenants an active and vibrant space.”

Using the successful model that was first pioneered in Newcastle, Renew Wollongong will work with the community and property owners to make vacant properties available for local creative industries to test their ideas.

A new Project Manager for Renew Wollongong has been appointed. That person will oversee the initiative with ongoing support of the Renew Australia Team.

Over the coming weeks the Renew Wollongong Team will identify vacant space in the Crown Street Mall precinct and launch an ‘Expression of Interest’ campaign.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Renew Wollongong on (02) 4227 7110.

Media Release – Properties ready to launch with Renew Geelong

16 August 2018 | Posted in: Media, News

Property Partner Market Square

 

Properties ready to launch with Renew Geelong

Renew Australia is delighted to confirm Market Square and Up Property as the first property partners for the Renew Geelong project.

Commercial spaces from both Market Square and the Belcher Arcade will be amongst the first properties activated by creative projects and social initiatives for the Renew Geelong Project, supported by the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Geelong. Renew will be working closely with both Market Square, Centre Management and Up Property to match projects to spaces across the Shopping Centre and the Belcher Arcade, transforming up to seven properties over the coming months.

Market Square is located in the heart of Central Geelong offering over 80 fashion, health & beauty, food, services, electronics and homewares retailers. The Centre is bordered by Moorabool, Malop, Little Malop and Yarra Streets, with a number of shops facing the street selected for participation in the Renew project.

The Renew Concept Space will be located at 105 -107 Moorabool Street and will host a number of creative projects within the collaborative space. The Concept Space will officially open its doors on 23 August 2018.

Belcher Arcade is destined for a redevelopment, with Up Property planning to breathe new life into the two-level arcade, transforming it into a modern location which may include mix of office, retail and hospitality spaces. In its current condition, the arcade will provide the chance for up to five potential new innovative businesses and projects to thrive as part of the new Renew Geelong initiative.

Up Property is a Melbourne based boutique real estate investment company. With a focus on both commercial property investment and residential development, their expertise lies in identifying, acquiring and managing real estate opportunities that offer compelling upside potential. Having long seen Geelong as a favourable location for investment, Up Property purchased their first property in Geelong back in 2004. Since then they have been prominent investors and developers both in the Geelong CBD and surrounding suburbs, most recently securing the new head office for the Geelong Advertiser.

Renew Geelong, delivered by Renew Australia, is an urban renewal scheme that aims to fill empty buildings and spaces to bring new life to under-utilized and under-appreciated precincts, while simultaneously providing emerging creatives, artists and performers with a forum for showcasing their talent.

A not-for-profit social enterprise, Renew Geelong is funded by the City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian Government to match spaces to projects and ensure that potential tenants compliment surrounding businesses.

Property owners and agents are encouraged to contact Renew Geelong if they are interest in the activation of vacant commercial properties [email protected]

MEDIA RELEASE: Renew Australia and Creative Geelong funded to support CBD revitalisation

23 March 2018 | Posted in: Media, News

Renew Australia and Creative Geelong Inc have received Victorian Government funding via Creative Victoria for $250,000 over two years to breathe new life into vacant spaces in Geelong’s CBD

Creative Geelong will receive $100,000 to develop and expand the impact of its Makers Hub in Centrepoint Arcade and Renew Australia will receive $150,000 to deliver the Renew Geelong program. Both projects have received matched funding from the City of Greater Geelong.

According to Renew Australia Manager Angela Simons, Renew Geelong is a new initiative by national social enterprise Renew Australia that will activate vacant spaces by incubating short-term uses by creative enterprises and independent local businesses on rent-free basis via a rolling 30-day license.

“Renew Australia are excited to be working alongside the local community and property owners to activate otherwise vacant space in the Geelong CBD. With the support of Creative Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong, the Renew Geelong project will provide opportunities for creatives, and not-for-profits and social enterprises, to trial an idea while activating otherwise vacant space. We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Creative Geelong to reimagine the use of otherwise empty space,” Ms Simons said.

Renew Australia will shortly begin the process of securing vacant spaces through agents, property owners and developers and will be seeking expressions of interest from creative enterprises in the coming months.

Creative Geelong’s Makers Hub project has fast become a valued collaborative space for Geelong’s creative community. It includes a range of co-working, workshop, makerspace and studio facilities for use by creative practitioners and community groups, and delivers opportunities for people of all ages to develop their skills and ideas.

President of Creative Geelong Jennifer Cromarty said the while the Makers Hub has been operating for six months, the extra support from Creative Victoria will enable an acceleration of the impacts, increase outreach and further develop the offer.

“The opportunity to work alongside a national organisation of Renew Australia’s calibre is a huge boost to Creative Geelong and its burgeoning community. We are greatly encouraged by Creative Victoria’s belief in our purpose as we work towards realising Geelong’s community vision of Clever and Creative,” Ms Cromarty said.

 

Media Release: The Docklands Art Collective – Rent-Free Space For Creatives!

19 June 2017 | Posted in: Media, News, Uncategorized

HARBOUR TOWN MELBOURNE AND RENEW AUSTRALIA LAUNCH The Docklands Art Collective – Rent-Free Space For Creatives!

Harbour Town Melbourne is delighted to announce its partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise Renew Australia. Together, the two organisations are bringing an exciting new initiative – The Docklands Art Collective – to the Docklands based shopping centre.

The Docklands Art Collective invites expressions of interest from makers, creators, artists, community groups and local enterprises to utilize space for art and cultural events and activities within Harbour Town Melbourne – absolutely rent-free.

As part of the partnership, Harbour Town Melbourne has provided Renew Australia with just over 1,200 square metres of vacant space on Level 1 that will form a shared hub for artists, start-ups and other creative talent to brainstorm creative ideas and concepts, free from the pressure of expensive overheads like rent.

Since 2011 Renew Australia has implemented a number of similar programs throughout Australia, including Docklands, to great acclaim; Harbour Town Melbourne sees the partnership as a great opportunity to invigorate the Docklands precinct during the highly anticipated $150 million redevelopment of the Centre.

Harbour Town Melbourne’s Marketing Director, Kelly Jensen, is delighted at the prospect of continuing the success of the initiative in the area. “We have absolutely no doubt this exciting partnership will create another incentive to visit Harbour Town as it continues to undergo major transformation. We look forward to inviting Melbourne’s most creative to join the Docklands Art Collective and this unique creative hub”.

Renew Australia’s Manager, Angela Simons, agrees. “Typically, one of the biggest hurdles for any of our projects is finding property owners willing to lend us sufficient space. Thanks to the generosity of Harbour Town Melbourne, not only do we have a chance to create a really vibrant and dynamic area within the Centre, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to showcase how readily the Renew model can be adapted to fit the needs of spaces undergoing redevelopment and make them viable and relevant throughout this process.”

The Docklands Art Collective is the brainchild of Renew Australia and is modelled on his highly successful Renew Newcastle project first unveiled in 2008. The DIY urban renewal scheme aims to fill empty buildings and spaces to bring new life to under-utilized and under-appreciated precincts, while simultaneously providing emerging artist and performers with a forum for showcasing their talent.

Renew Australia is currently seeking emerging artists, creative, performers, and local enterprises to submit expressions of interest ahead of the potential tenants’ site inspections taking place on 27 June followed by 1 July 2017. Applications should be submitted by contacting Angela Simons, Renew Australia +61 3 9882 0785 or via email [email protected]

Reinvigorating the Warracknabeal Court House

28 March 2017 | Posted in: Media, News

Warracknabeal Court House (image supplied by Warracknabeal Historical Society)

Image supplied by Warracknabeal Historical Society

 

Breathing new life into the historic Warracknabeal Court House: 

Calling all community members interested in participating in the project.

Working Heritage has embarked on a new project with Renew Australia to reactivate the historic Warracknabeal Court House.

The Court House, which has been vacant for some time, was in operation for 98 years from 1891 to 1989 after which it time it was used as a meeting space for the Warracknabeal Historical Society.

Angela Simons from Renew Australia says, “With the continued success of the Jack’s Reloaded project [the activation of the decommissioned Jack’s Magazine in Maribyrnong], Renew Australia are pleased to be partnering with Working Heritage on another the project that seeks to reimagine the use of our heritage buildings.”

Ross Turnbull, Executive Officer of Working Heritage says, “The Warracknabeal Courthouse is a great heritage building with a lot of character. It has been underutilised for too long but we think it can become a valued resource for Warracknabeal and beyond. We look forward to seeing a really diverse and interesting range of proposals for use of the building.”

This initiative will help to bring life to the historic Court House 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 and community enterprises and projects into the disused Court House; helping to make the site active, while ensuring the property is looked after for years to come.

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

Ready to apply? Click here to complete an Expression of Interest.

Media Release: Portland (Vic) Shop In A Box Committee Gets Rolling

9 February 2017 | Posted in: Affiliate Program, Media, News

Renew Australia’s newest affiliate – the Portland Shop In A Box project – has taken further steps towards its goal of reactivating the Portland CBD through temporary uses of empty shops – supporting entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and artists.

Working as a Committee For Portland sub-committee under the Revitalise Portland banner, an eight person team has been set to manage and grow the project.

Shop In A Box is now looking for prospective tenants and landowners to make contact and create its first open premise. A recent vacancy analysis found almost twenty percent of Portland’s main-street commercial properties are empty.

Project Manager Kayla Berends is encouraging anyone with a passion for arts and business incubation and a desire to see increased use of empty shops to get involved.

“This pilot project is a great opportunity to support and showcase the amazing range of artists and entrepreneurs who live in Portland, as well as bring a buzz back to streets currently sitting with so many empty shops.”

“The official launch at the Upwelling Festival saw a number of people come and discuss the project with us, showing real interest in the concept.”

“Shop In A Box has a website where you can register your interest. You can also keep up to date with the project on our Facebook page.”

The project is financially supported by Committee For Portland under its Revitalise Portland banner, as well as the Leadership Great South Coast Program.

You can make contact with Shop In A Box at any of the below:

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.portlandshopinabox.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/portlandshopinabox
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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

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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!