This case study of Create, Innovate Gosford City would not have been possible without the support and guidance of some key people.

Firstly, to Lisa Andersen and Katrina Fox from the Empty Spaces Project at UTS Shopfront Community Program, thank you for providing me with a sounding board for my ideas and helping me to turn interviews, documents, meetings and observations into words.

Thanks also to my academic supervisor Damien Spry, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney who was an invaluable guide for my research process.

I would like to thank everyone from Gosford who helped my research and shared their valuable insights with me, particularly Deborah Lowndes and Mel Laws who welcomed me so kindly to Gosford each fortnight and who answered all my emails and phone calls (asking for 'just one more thing') and did it all with a smile. Your time and support has meant so much to me.

And finally to mum, for lending me her car for the journeys to Gosford (and for many other reasons!).