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Media Release: Renew Eurobodalla Places 5 New Businesses

9 December 2014 | Posted in: Media, News

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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].  

Champions of Change

27 November 2012 | Posted in: Media

A few years ago, Marcus Westbury was depressed by the number of empty buildings he saw in his hometown of Newcastle. So he decided to do something about it.

“I’m genuinely surprised how it’s taken off . My credit card paid all the bills for the fi rst six months of the project. It was my hobby that just got out of control.”

Jetstar Magazine, February 2012

Renew Newcastle shows how to create a people magnet

20 January 2012 | Posted in: Media

“I need some Newcastle in my neighbourhood.

Newcastle is an Australian steel town an hour and a half north of Sydney. Last year, Lonely Planet named it one of the Top 10 cities to visit in the world, along with New York and Delhi, citing its great cafes, artist culture and surf.

What makes that amazing is that three years ago Newcastle was a ghost town. Or at least its downtown was, with 150 boarded-up buildings dotting its two main drags. You went there to get mugged.”

The Toronto Star, Toronto Canada January 20th 2012

City adopts creative bent to revive Oxford Street

9 January 2012 | Posted in: Media

“ONCE the heart of Sydney’s gay, alternative scene where locals mingled with drag queens and sculptors, Oxford Street in Darlinghurst has devolved over the past 20 years into a seedy mix of late-night pizza joints, darkened clubs and booze-fuelled bashings.

A sprinkling of small bars, bookshops and cinemas have strived to keep the bohemian dream alive and, from this week, 15 creative enterprises will join them to entice culture-seekers and shoppers back to the strip. …

The initiative draws inspiration from similar projects, such as the landmark Renew Newcastle project, in which artists and cultural groups moved in to reverse that city’s urban decay.”

The Sydney Morning Herald January 9, 2012

Social enterprise connects artists with empty commercial buildings

26 December 2011 | Posted in: Media

“In the UK we recently saw empty commercial properties offered to charities for free while permanent tenants are found. Similarly, an Australian social enterprise — Renew Australia — is connecting artists and community projects with workspaces in vacant city-centre buildings until they are needed again for commercial use… the Renew Newcastle programme successfully found creative individuals willing to be temporary tenants, who cleaned-up buildings and revitalised the area. Now the program has been rolled-out nationally.”

springwise.com, 26 December 2011

City’s heart beats again

17 December 2011 | Posted in: Media

“The flourishing cultural space has also created a microcosm of artisans and community groups who have taken on the role of ambassadors, teaming up to promote Newcastle to outsiders and those who may not have visited the city centre for some time.”

Newcastle Herald, 17 December 2011

Newcastle’s renew concept takes off

5 December 2011 | Posted in: Media

“A unique scheme to revitalise the NSW city of Newcastle by turning buildings that are vacant, disused or pending development into creative showcases has prompted international interest and resulted in similar schemes in other states. So much interest has been generated in Renew Newcastle that founder, Marcus Westbury has created Renew Australia a new national social enterprise designed to catalyse community renewal, economic development and the arts and creative industries across the country.

“Renew Newcastle solves a very specific problem that has plagued the city for over a decade. While the long-term prospects for redevelopment of Newcastle’s CBD are good, in the meantime many sites are boarded up, falling apart, vandalised or decaying because there is no short-term plan for their use and no one taking responsibility for them. RN cleans up these buildings and gets the city active and used again.”

The Fifth Estate, 5 December 2011

Australia’s top 20 hot holidays

29 November 2011 | Posted in: Media

“If you haven’t been to Newcastle for a while, you’ve been missing out. Named by Lonely Planet as Australia’s most underrated city earlier this year, there’s plenty happening with swish new restaurants, quirky boutique shopping – especially if you like designer and vintage wear – and an exploding creative arts scene, thanks to the Renew Newcastle program that allows artists and emerging designers to set up galleries and pop-up shops in empty buildings across the city.”

Stuff.co.nz, 29 November 2011.

Hot and happening

27 November 2011 | Posted in: Media

“If you haven’t been to Newcastle for a while, you’ve been missing out. Named by Lonely Planet as Australia’s most underrated city earlier this year, there’s plenty happening with swish new restaurants, quirky boutique shopping – especially if you like designer and vintage wear – and an exploding creative arts scene, thanks to the Renew Newcastle program that allows artists and emerging designers to set up galleries and pop-up shops in empty buildings across the city.”

Sydney Morning Herald, 27 November 2011

Q&A with Renew Australia’s Marcus Westbury

21 November 2011 | Posted in: Media

“Eight months after his successful investment pitch, Social Traders caught up with Marcus Westbury to find out how things are progressing with the start-up of Renew Australia.  He has had a busy travel schedule around Australia and New Zealand for his award winning Renew initiative, an innovative urban renewal scheme.”

Social Traders, 21 November 2011