Renew Geelong

Launching 2018!

Co-funded by Creative Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong, Renew Geelong is a new initiative by Renew Australia to activate vacant spaces in Central Geelong through incubating short-term uses by creative enterprises and independent local initiatives on a rent-free basis via a 30-day rolling license.

How do we work?

We work with owners and agents of vacant properties to borrow their spaces on a rolling 30-day license. Once properties have been secured, creative enterprises, artists, community groups, and start-ups, are invited to apply to participate in Renew Geelong.

The Renew Geelong team will manage the move in process and the real estate agent continues to promote the lease/sale of the property, showing interested tenants/buyers through an activated space rather than an empty vacant space.

The chosen participant is provided with a rent-free, low cost, temporary space to trial their business idea, creating an interesting and vibrant place for people to visit, while not sacrificing the owner’s ability to find a long-term paying tenant. When a commercial tenant is found or the property is sold, the owner/agent provides Renew Australia 30-days notice to vacate our participant from the property.

This initiative will help bring a new audience to the Central Geelong and build on the success of other revitalisation projects. It will also provide the opportunity for new businesses and community initiatives to test their ideas at minimal cost.

Who qualifies to apply to Renew Geelong?

If you make or create your own wares or IP we want to hear from you! If you are curious about who Renew Australia have placed in other projects why not check out The Docklands Art Collective Instagram or Facebook page for inspiration.

If you are interested in the Renew Geelong program please complete our expression of interest.

Do you have further questions or have a property you would like to see activated? Please send us an email via and our Project Manager will be in contact.