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Supporting small acts for big change

2 February 2018 | Posted in: News

Written by: Neroli Foster | Photography: James Bennet

In 2011, Richard Kerr began working for a company based in Newcastle West and witnessed first hand the tremendous work Renew had done in reactivating the Mall. With an engineering background and a bit of a bent for planning and strategy, he was looking to make a contribution to Newcastle and says he is “really grateful to Renew for offering that opportunity.”

As a Renew board member, Richard has contributed to grant funding applications and pulling together our Strategic Plan for 2018-2020. He also worked with Newcastle City Council to make an application to the Federal Building Better Regions Fund to upgrade the mall.

Richard views the changes in the mall and the closing of The Emporium as a positive result of the effectiveness of the Renew model in activating vacant space with creative industries to encourage future use that benefits the city.

“Due to the massive impact that Renew has generated with a tiny budget and a group of extremely talented individuals, I’ve had a profound realisation that big change happens in lots of small parts and that there’s no substitute for creativity and hard work,” he said.

“I find it really rewarding to help spread that message.”

Richard’s dream for a better Newcastle is to see a more collaborative, open and welcoming culture founded on creativity.