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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

Beautiful minds

5 November 2011 | Posted in: Media

“Renew Newcastle bought nothing, built nothing and own nothing but we made so many things happen that wouldn’t otherwise have happened because we changed how things work – we made it cheaper and easier to access space.”

Newcastle Herald, 5 November 2011

Newcastle Renew project shows the way

28 October 2011 | Posted in: Media

“Renew Newcastle has allowed hundreds of people to take what they do to the next level. In turn, it has given the city a surge of creativity, originality and distinctiveness that differentiates it from other cities and the suburban shopping centres that have sucked the life out of its once beating heart.”

The Press, 28 October 2011

Renew Australia

14 October 2011 | Posted in: Media

“The philosophy and vision that Marcus carries with him is a beautiful thing. Renew Newcastle takes away the red tape, lowers the barrier to entry and embraces risk to galvanize artists and creatives into action. They have created a new type of property usage licence, they have worked incredibly hard to deliver real and lasting change to the social and cultural fabric of Newcastle.”

Clever by nature, 14 October 2011

Art and music is the key

12 October 2011 | Posted in: Media

“Fill the empty spaces with interesting things and people will come. Wise words from Marcus Westbury, the man responsible for some of the most innovative, unconventional and successful projects revitalising regional Australia.”

The Gympie Times, 12 October 2011