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Regional Development Australia

What is Renew Far West NSW?

05 June 2017

Renew Far West NSW is an initiative of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Far West NSW which brings together property owners, creative enterprises, individuals, community groups and local government with the aim of revitalising the growing number of empty shops and offices in Broken Hill and the Far West NSW region.

Renew Far West NSW facilitates short term and low cost access for creative, artistic and cultural projects to occupy otherwise unused or abandoned spaces. These spaces are transformed into arts and shopping precincts which provide a creative space for the development of emerging creative enterprises including; art galleries, artist studios, web and graphic design businesses, small publishers, film and video studios, retail shops for locally made arts and crafts, fashion design businesses and photography studios.

The initiative provides opportunities for creative people and potential small businesses to innovate, test the market, develop and transform their enterprises with a minimum outlay.

RDA Far West NSW Executive Officer Michael Williams said that ‘Renew Far West NSW provides a perfect vehicle for cottage industries to get out of the home office and work in a dynamic environment with likeminded enterprises’.

Property owners play an important role in supporting local economic development and employment, and also benefit from their participation in the program with the maintenance and revitalisation of unused properties, ongoing rental returns, improved safety and security and overall attraction to potential commercial tenants.

Renew Far West NSW has officially opened its first two projects in Broken Hill; Pennie Hall Photography opened on 26 May 2017 and the Tiny Cactus was opened by Senator the Hon Fiona Nash on 18 May 2017.

Pictured (left-right): RDA Far West NSW Chair David Gallagher, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Minister for Regional Development and Tiny Cactus owner Claire Haynes.

Pictured (left-right): RDA Far West NSW Chair David Gallagher, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Minister for Regional Development and Tiny Cactus owner Claire Haynes.