Vacant spaces and shopfronts will come back to life as part of a new initiative announced by Campbelltown City Council to encourage creative start-ups and entrepreneurs to trial their businesses in a commercial setting.
Council has partnered with social enterprise, Renew Australia, to launch Renew On Q, an initiative to help rejuvenate areas of Campbelltown’s Queen Street with high rates of commercial vacancy.
“Renew On Q is an opportunity for people looking to take the next step in moving their creative business out of the home and into a shopfront, while supporting existing businesses by drawing people into the area for events, workshops and other activities,” said Mayor, George Greiss.
“Renew Australia have a fantastic track record working with other Councils to rejuvenate commercial centres so we’re excited to be partnering with them to launch Renew On Q in Campbelltown.”
As part of the program, a local project manager will work with property owners and business owners to make spaces along Queen Street available to people on a rent-free basis via a 30-day rolling licence and offered to a business that complements, not competes, with existing businesses in the area.
Expressions of interest for small businesses and creatives will open in September.
“We are really looking forward to working with the Campbelltown community,” Renew Australia CEO, Angela Simons said.
“Renew on Q will create new reasons for people to visit and spend time on Queen Street. Our team welcome property owners or agents interested in participating to get in touch to find out more.”