12 October, 2010
"For the last 18 months more than 60 groups of artists, creative businesses and community groups have been taking over once empty spaces in the centre of Newcastle, NSW, Australia under a program called Renew Newcastle.
Renew Australia is a new social enterprise being established to work nationally and internationally to support projects based on the same model. It will support local communities and take over otherwise empty spaces for low cost use by creative and community projects. The project has just received $10,000 worth of seed funding from a Social Traders program called 'The Crunch' and is developing a business plan to launch full scale operations in 2011. "