Exhibition demonstrates how to transform empty spaces to revitalise town centres

A bustling and vibrant town centre is always great for the community and visitors but it’s especially beneficial for local businesses and commercial property owners.

No-one benefits from empty spaces!

Renew in a Box is a pop-up visual exhibition of largescale box installations that contain information and imagery to inform and inspire property owners, entrepreneurs and local decision makers on how an empty space can transform and activate a town centre and if left empty is a missed opportunity.

Council has partnered with Renew Australia to connect local creatives and social entrepreneurs with commercial property owners to temporarily fill empty spaces and boost the town centre’s vibrancy and cultural vitality.

The Renew in a Box exhibition will be on display at the Parkhouse@ Kibble (next to Gosford Library) between 15 March to 30 April 2021, Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm.

This initiative is sponsored by Central Coast Council to support our local businesses and creative community through the revitalisation of vacant spaces.

Do you have a vacant space that could be temporarily filled?

Are you a creative or social entrepreneur with an idea to fill and activate an empty town centre space?

Council is hosting a special presentation “an empty space is a lost opportunity” on 21 April 2021 and would like to extend this invitation to you.

Registration is free and available via Eventbrite. Numbers are limited

Guest speaker Christopher Saunders, former Renew Newcastle General Manager and social change initiator will demonstrate:

• how property owners can benefit from having temporary tenants as custodians that assist in maintenance, decrease vandalism and bolster property values session

• how short-term activation can provide creative businesses and start-ups with opportunities to establish themselves at minimum cost

• how to make cities work for people using creativity not capital.

• How low-cost participatory initiatives can drive cultural tourism.

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