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Creative Industries at summit of regional development

18 May 2017 | Posted in: News

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With the ever-growing prominence of Newcastle as a hotbed for successful creative enterprise, it is only appropriate that this year’s Building Regional Development Summit be held a stone’s throw north in Nambucca Heads. With the theme of the summit focusing on jobs, growth and prosperity, the invitation for Renew Newcastle’s General Manager, Christopher Saunders, to be invited as keynote speaker is recognition of the role Renew is playing the local economy.

“Renew was born through the innovation and imagination of people willing to make something happen,” said Christopher.

“It is those people who understand that creativity can breed activity bringing opportunities for urban and employment growth to develop,” he said.

As stated in the NSW Regional Development Framework, some regions have a strong need for projects and funding directed at alternative emerging and self-sufficient industries. It indicates that regional towns with an ageing industry can benefit from low-cost, community led initiatives.

Newcastle is advancing through innovative entrepreneurship within the creative and cultural sectors and illustrates the statement well. It is the initiatives of local creatives and small business owners that carved a new identity for Newcastle.

At the conference Christopher presented how the incubation and continued cultivation of the creative industries instigated not only urban growth and renewal within the Newcastle CBD area but across Australia and the globe. The issue concerning Renew now is how to sustain the cultural integrity of this sector following commercial success and gentrification.

The newly established School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle recognises the arts is accumulating significant value within the local and wider economy. The graduation of business ready students from this program forecasts an optimistic future for the increasingly burgeoning creative industries of Newcastle.