Benefits to the wider community

The greatest benefits of an approach like this are not for any one group but for the community as a whole.

Many of the creative projects that Renew Newcastle stimulates are small businesses - they create jobs, spend money in the city, generate economic activity, and make a city a more desirable place to live in, move to or do business.

For the city, Renew Newcastle projects have generated a new story and rebranded the city, both to the local community and further afield. Stories about Renew Newcastle and the promotion of the Newcastle CBD as a distinctive and interesting place have appeared in international magazines, web sites, newspapers and travel publications.

On a more immediate level, the presence of more people on previously empty streets contributes to passive surveillance, improves safety and grows the long-term value of the area.