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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

The Empty Spaces Project – activating spaces in Creswick, Clunes and Talbot

13 February 2014 | Posted in: News


Renew Australia is pleased to announce the launch of our new project in the Goldfields region, where we will be working in Creswick, Clunes and Talbot.  For the last few months we have been working with Hepburn Shire Council and the Central Goldfields Shire Council to develop a plan to activate some of the underutilised spaces in these towns.  We’ve met with property owners and agents, held public meetings in each town, and we’ve secured a number of properties.  Now we need you!

We’ll be launching our Empty Spaces Project website soon, but we’re calling for Expressions of Interest now.  We are seeking interesting projects to transform these spaces: artists, makers, designers, photographers, printmakers, illustrators, architects, milliners, jewellers, publishers, and many other creative types.

Properties are available from March and we aim to have the first projects up and running as soon as we can.  Expressions of Interest for the first round of projects should be submitted via the online application form on the Renew Australia website by 7 March 2014 AEDT 5.00pm. If more properties become available, there may be an additional Expression of Interest call-out.  If  you have any questions about the Empty Spaces Project, please email us: [email protected], or ring us on 9982 0785.

To find out more about Renew Australia and other successful projects, check out our website.

Calling for Expressions of Interest in Renew Melbourne Projects

12 February 2014 | Posted in: News

Do you have a creative business idea that you want to trail for the first time and need a retail space to try it out in?

Expressions of Interest are now open for Renew Melbourne’s projects, including retail spaces in the Docklands, Greensborough and Bridge Road, Richmond.

This is a low cost, rent free opportunity to create a short term retail space, that will allow you to try out your business in a main street and bring a vibrant idea to life. Not only that, you will be able to give back to the community by activating a vacant shop front and helping to make an active and interesting shopping strip.

Find out more about the Renew Melbourne Projects, and apply at





Greensborough Comes Alive!

10 December 2013 | Posted in: News

Greensborough Comes Alive is set to bring new life into the Greensborough Town Centre

Calling all creatives in the Greensborough area to take part in this project

Renew Australia has been commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce to run a Renew-style initiative similar to that of Renew Newcastle or the Docklands Spaces project. Greensborough Comes Alive will activate some of the currently underused and vacant spaces within the Centre.

Cindy Plowman, Renew Australia, said: “The town centre already has a lot to offer; it’s active during the day and night and has good public transport access.”

“What this initiative will do is bring people onto the street and encourage people to travel the length of Grimshaw and Main Streets. Recent and proposed developments will continue to bring new people to the area. We just need to translate this into foot traffic along the street,” she said.

The project will fill some of the gaps along Grimshaw and Main Streets by activating vacant spaces with creative enterprises and independent local initiatives.

Four spaces have already been secured for use in the project, including two owned by Banyule City Council at 61 and 63 Main Street.  The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Craig Langdon, said it was a great initiative.

“We fully support the Chamber of Commerce in its efforts to promote the Greensborough shopping centre, attract new tenancies and support local businesses,” Cr Langdon said. “The other benefit for us is that our properties are kept in good condition and are used by the community while generating interest in longer term tenancies.”

Renew Australia is now seeking makers, artists, designers, photographers, printmakers, painters, illustrators, architects, milliners, jewellers, publishers, laptop businesses, animators, video or music makers, and other creative types. This is a low cost opportunity to create a shop, gallery, studio, or collaborative workspace at participating properties in the Greensborough Town Centre.

This is your chance to be part of a growing “Renew” creative movement to promote local economic, cultural and community development, the arts and creative industries across Australia and to get a space to try out your own creative idea.

Expressions of interests are now open. Spaces are available from early December 2013. Visit

If you still have any questions contact us via email at [email protected].

Expressions of Interest for the first round of pilot projects should be submitted via the online application form on the website by 5pm on 14 December 2013.


Renew Australia comes to Sydney with Renew Leichhardt

21 October 2013 | Posted in: News

Renew Australia is pleased to announce the launch of our Sydney office and our first Sydney based project: Renew Leichhardt.

For the last few months we have been working with the team at Leichhardt Council to develop a plan for the area’s empty shop and office spaces. We’ve held two public meetings, we’ve met with property owners, we’ve secured a few properties in Norton Street and in the Italian Forum are we are now ready to roll out the first phase of the Renew Sydney program!

A full web site and local campaign are coming soon but we are calling for expressions of interest right now. We aim to have the first projects in by Christmas and continue to add projects throughout the new year.

If you are interested in being part of the first wave of Renew Leichhardt projects then you need to get a proposal to us by the 8th of November. The first group of spaces are mostly small retail spaces. They would suit makers, craftspeople, galleries, fashion design and other similar uses but don’t be afraid to suggest something a little out of the box. Make sure you read our Renew Leichhardt FAQ if you are interested in applying.

We are very excited to be coming to Sydney and hope this is the first of many projects and opportunities in greater Sydney for Renew Australia! If you want to make sure you know more about these and other Renew Australia opportunities in Sydney then make sure you subscribe to our E-News, and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Also if you’re in other local government areas in Sydney and you’d like to encourage Renew projects in your area then feel free to drop our new Sydney team a line: sydney [at] and we can see what we can do.

Marcus Westbury talks iterative cities, creative initiative and why making cities work for people without capital is a good idea

10 September 2013 | Posted in: News

Marcus Westbury was the recent guest speaker at Creative Mornings Melbourne.

Federal funding announced for Renew Australia!

13 August 2013 | Posted in: News

Great news in Renew Australia land! The Federal Government, through Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, have announced today that they will provide $300,000 of funding over the next three years to Renew Australia to support its work in community development and creative projects .

Federal funding will support Renew Australia’s growth and expansion into regional and remote centres and into the suburbs of major cities. This funding will assist Renew Australia to provide practical support including legal advice, insurance and advocacy to interested individuals and groups. This is the first funding that has been made available to support the national roll out of Renew schemes.

“This funding is the first government funding we have been offered to support the national roll out of the Renew Australia model,” Renew Australia founder and director Marcus Westbury said, “it will make a major difference in our ability to respond to and to practically support interest from communities across the country.”

Having started with Renew Newcastle there are already successful Renew based and inspired schemes already running in places such as Adelaide, Melbourne, Parramatta and Port Adelaide.

Over the last 12 months Renew Australia has been talking to and working with communities from every state of Australia including Leichhardt, Nowra, Bega, Merimbula, Eden, Frankston, Ballarat, Burnie, Devenport, Launceston, Moss Vale, Mildura, Albany, Fremantle, Moreton Bay, Katoomba and the Blue Mountains, Nambour, Moreland, Maitland, Wollongong, Redcliffe, Point Cook,  Geelong and many more about establishing local empty space activation programs.

Despite extremely limited resources the Renew model has spread across the country to launch hundreds of creative projects including galleries, shops and studios in privately owned buildings that were empty, disused or vandalised. The Renew model is a creative yet effective way to address the problem of empty buildings that plague so many cities and towns while also stimulating economic and community development. As well as creating exciting new opportunities for our creative industries, the Renew model is dramatically improving the amenity of local communities, boosting community confidence and jobs. 

“We are very pleased to learn that the funding for Renew Australia is already included in the Budget and hope that all sides of politics, all candidates and local communities will recognise the value — and potential value — of our work in local communities across Australia,” Mr Westbury said.

The map at the top of this post shows communities that have tried or are developing Renew type empty space programs (in blue), that have met with or visited Renew Newcastle or Renew Australia (green) or have contacted us requesting support (yellow). 

Special Event: The Problems with Property forum August 26th Loop Bar Melbourne

5 August 2013 | Posted in: News

Australian’s for Affordable Housing, Prosper Australia and Renew Australia present

The Problems with Property

Is Australia’s property market permanently broken? House prices are over-inflated, rents are unaffordable and thousands of shops and offices sit empty. How have we done this to our property markets and what can we do about it?

Join Australians for Affordable Housing‘s Joel Pringle, Prosper Australia‘s Karl Fitzgerald and Marcus Westbury from Renew Australia for a lively debate and discussion of the problems of property.

Monday August 26th
6.30 – 8pm
Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melb

The forum is free but to be assured of a place please RSVP here.

How Can We Help You?

9 April 2013 | Posted in: News

Renew Australia would like to measure the level of interest and need in the community to facilitate Renew initiatives across Australia.

Are you interested in starting your own Renew initiative? Or do you have a main street that is need of some help? We’d love to hear from you via this survey.

Survey applications close 30 April, 2013.