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Renew Leichhardt

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Renew Leichhardt is a program that aims to activate currently underutilised spaces in Leichhardt LGA by finding short-term uses by creative enterprises and independent local initiatives

Call out to owners of vacant properties – be part of something exciting and creative!

 Do you own a property anywhere within the Leichhardt Local Government Area that is currently empty? If so we would love to hear from you. Vacancy rates along our high streets and retail centres are higher than average. It’s an unhealthy environment for business and one Council is keen to work on improving. As a property owner you hold a key to the overall vitality and life of our much loved main streets. Why not be part of bringing them back to life?

We are looking for more vacant spaces to be part of the Renew Leichhardt project.

Renew LeichhardtAs a property owner the benefits are huge. Not only will you be supporting local economic development and employment in your area you will have your property brought to life, the rental return potential enhanced, improved safety and security for your property and with all this your property will be more attractive to potential commercial tenants. It’s a win-win proposal.

Contact us at to discuss how you can be part of something exciting and creative.

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Expression of Interest are now open for Renew Leichhardt participants (are now closed for 2015)

Renew Leichhardt is an initiative of Leichhardt Council and affiliate member of Renew Australia. Renew Leichhardt is seeking Expressions of Interest from artists, designers, photographers, printmakers, architects, milliners, jewellers, publishers, animators and all creative enterprises in between to revitalise empty spaces in the  Leichhardt Multiplicity. (Balmain, Rozelle, Leichhardt, Parramatta Rd)

Are you a creative enterprise and unique ventures looking for new opportunities? Are you ready to try your hand at retail / get out of the home office and work in a dynamic environment with likeminded enterprises? Renew Leichhardt may have an opportunity for you!

The Expression of Interest seeks to attract creative entrepreneurs, makers and social entrepreneurs able to open at least 6 days per week, have at least 2 people in the enterprise/project to do so and are established in their ideas, projects and activation methods.

We are looking for creative shops, galleries, studios, or collaborative workspace to present to owners in the Leichhardt Multiplicity.

Selected participants will be given temporary rent-free access to an assortment of retail and office spaces, made available thanks to the support of the Leichhardt Municipal Council, and various private property owners.

You could be part of a growing creative movement to promote local economic, cultural and community development, the arts and creative industries across Australia

The “Renew” model

You get 30 days rent free – then, if the space hasn’t leased, you get another 30 days, and so on. A great way to test the market and try new things!

Renew Australia is a not for profit social enterprise that specialises in creative space activation. For more information about us and other successful activation projects, please visit  or

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