Introduction

FlierCreate, Innovate Gosford City is a not-for-profit organisation developed to assist in the rejuvenation of Gosford City Business District (CBD).

It acts as an intermediary between property owners of currently vacant shops or outlets and creative people seeking to occupy the space at low or no rent in order to start up a creative enterprise. 

I am Michelle Brooks, a social research student at the University of Technology, Sydney. From August to November 2010, I researched and wrote this booklet for publication on the Empty Spaces website about the start-up of this 'empty space' project from its inception in 2009 until October 2010 when the Steering Committee received news that the program had received funding from Arts NSW and Gosford City Council to reuse empty properties in the city centre for creative enterprise hubs. 

This case study aims to both document the first phase of Create, Innovate Gosford City for the project's Steering Committee and, through describing the development of this local initiative, assist other community cultural leaders who are looking to start up their own empty space-style program.