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Renew group still brightens up Newcastle CBD – The Star

18 August 2010 | Posted in: Media

REVITALISE: Renew Newcastle general manager Marni Jackson in Before it Began

TALK of cutting Newcastle’s rail line or building a new shopping complex in the Hunter Street Mall does not phase Renew Newcastle general manager Marni Jackson.

After months of speculation on what to do with Newcastle’s decaying CBD, the not for profit project Renew Newcastle is still going strong.

Ms Jackson said the project would continue to inject life and interest into Newcastle’s boarded-up CBD.

“While a plan to dramatically change Newcastle is good for the city we have always been a ‘meantime’ project,” she said.

“We are just going to keep doing our thing – we complement what’s going on right now in the city.”

In fact, the Renew Newcastle project is powering ahead, calling for more expressions of interest from both building owners and creative artists.

Ms Jackson said the greatest challenge so far was to attract property owners to support the project.

“We are still committed to getting our hands on those empty spaces in the CBD, whether they be commercial spaces or shopfronts.”

Renew Newcastle have received more than 200 applications over the past 18 months and have created a new database to keep up with demand.

They will now keep all applications on file until a space opens up.

Go to for more information about Renew Newcastle projects.

  • Mark Connors