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Renew Australia gets a kickstart

15 October 2010 | Posted in: Media, News

DIY transforming a dying city from Marcus Westbury on Vimeo.

As many Novocastrians might have noticed Renew Newcastle has already planted many seeds in Newcastle – about 60 or more of them at last count – now it’s planning on germinating a few more seeds around the country and the world.

Renew Newcastle founder, ex-Novocastrian and now Melbournian Marcus Westbury has been selected as part of The Crunch – a Victorian based scheme to nurture new social enterprises. Over the next four or so months they will invest $10,000 and serious mentorship, Melbourne University Business School support and other assistance towards the establishment of Renew Australia.

At the end of that first stage of support Renew Australia will be one of 9 organisations with an opportunity to put in a bid for a share of ONE MILLION DOLLARS (that deserves all caps) in seed funding early in 2011. Renew Australia is aimed to be a national scheme based on the Renew Newcastle model – making the best possible uses of otherwise empty spaces by making them available to artists, creative projects and community groups.

Unusually for a scheme of this type, the application form was a video. We thought it might be worth sharing here as its a great reminder of what Renew Newcastle has been doing already and exactly how the model works here and might work elsewhere.

Renew Australia has no dedicated web site yet but if you like the idea please become a fan on Facebook and follow Renew Australia on Twitter

You can follow Marcus’s efforts over at his personal web site.