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Renew Newcastle is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. The organisation has been established to find short and medium term uses for buildings in Newcastle’s CBD that are currently vacant, disused, or awaiting redevelopment.

Renew Newcastle aims to find artists, cultural projects and community groups to use and maintain these buildings until they become commercially viable or are redeveloped. Renew Newcastle is not set up to manage long term uses, own properties or permanently develop sites but to generate activity in buildings until that future long term activity happens.

The organisation was founded to help solve the problem of Newcastle’s empty CBD. The long term prospects for the redevelopment of Newcastle’s CBD are good, however, in the meantime many sites are boarded up, falling apart, vandalised or decaying because there is no short term use for them and no one is taking responsibility.

Renew Newcastle has been set up to clean up these buildings and get the city active and used again.

A short video introduction to Renew Newcastle from Marcus Westbury on Vimeo.