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Marcus Westbury From Renew Australia to Visit the Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven City Council has secured urban renewal whiz Marcus Westbury to present a talk on revitalising town centres on Wednesday, 16 April at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.


Renowned for his work redeveloping the Newcastle city centre into a thriving and creative space for residents and visitors, Marcus Westbury is the founder and Creative Director of Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia.


Renew Australia is a new national social enterprise designed to catalyse community renewal, economic development, the arts and creative industries across Australia.  It is a low cost, low budget DIY urban renewal scheme that has proved highly successful and generated significant media and community interest locally, nationally and internationally. It focuses on creating the right conditions to bring town centres alive.


Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash, said “The community has identified through the Community Strategic Plan they have a vision which seeks to bring CBDs alive and activate our waterfronts.


“This presentation will provide information about initiatives and methods, to our community that can help this to be achieved” Clr Gash said.


Mayor Gash said “We want to see a range of different people across the community, whether you’re an individual from across the Shoalhaven who have the drive to activate empty spaces, policy developers charged with reinventing redundant spaces in your town centre, a member of a main street organisation, in property development, or another enterprise involved in the activation of spaces, this presentation is for you.”


The talk will commence at 5.30pm - 7.30pm (5pm arrival for tea/coffee & canapés) at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre- Studio.


Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Marcus talk about exciting and innovative ways to breathe new life into town centres.


To register for the session, contact Jessica Rippon on 4429 3228 or email



CONTACT: Gordon Clark, Strategic Planning on 4429 3355

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