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Renew Australia: Two ways to transform empty spaces in your community

12 March, 2013 - 14 March, 2013

$18 – $695.00

Around Australia, empty retail and commercial spaces are being used by creative enterprises to increase activity and interest in commercial areas.



There are two exciting opportunities for you to learn how to do the same in your own town from the people behind some of the most successful space activation initiatives in Australia and overseas.



Creating Spaces Regional Renewal Conference, Newcastle NSW, 12-14 March 2013 will bring together regional-based community leaders from across Australia who are passionate about renewal and creativity, and interested in reactivating spaces within their own communities.

Sit down with people who have imagined, executed, and inspired others with their space activation projects, such as Renew Newcastle, Gap Filler (Christchurch, NZ) and Empty Shops Network (UK).

You will learn the impact of creative activation of empty spaces in previously struggling town centres, and be introduced to essential DIY tools and strategies to build creative and engaging spaces and town centre activation.

Most importantly you will leave with inspiration and foundation knowledge to initiate and build similar projects in your own community.

Join your urban renewal peers, and an inspiring group of people involved in successful space activation projects at Newcastle City Hall, 12-14 March 2013

The schedule includes keynote speakers, group workshops, panels, a walking tour to see Renew Newcastle projects, lunches and evening receptions.

Creating Spaces Conference is only possible due to the support of the Australian Government’s Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Art and Sport.


+ Early bird rate, to 18 February 2013 – $495 (save $150)

+ General registration, 19 February 2013 onwards – $645

To learn more about the schedule, speakers and to register your position head to the Conference website now:




Renew Australia hits the road with a tour of most capital cities to teach you the nuts and bolts of how to transform empty spaces in your community.

Making the most of empty spaces with creative enterprise is an introduction workshop for anyone interested in turning an empty space into something productive.

Presented by Marcus Westbury, founder of Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia, each day-long event will ensure you leave with an understanding of how to link enterprise with empty spaces – from finding creatives to gaining the support of landlords and everything in between.

Tour schedule:

Brisbane – 20 February 2013

For more information and to secure your ticket before the early bird rate closes, book now at:  Brisbane workshop

Download flyer here.

Sydney – 21 February 2013

For more information and to secure before the early bird rate closes, book now at:  Sydney workshop

Download flyer here.

Perth – 15 April**

Adelaide – 18 April**

**Details coming soon. Email: melbourne@renewaustralia.org to register your interest.


+ Early bird special: $399 (includes lunch)

+ Full price: $450 





12 March, 2013
14 March, 2013
$18 – $695.00
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