About the speaker

Marcus Westbury is the founder of Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia – projects that have taken scores of empty buildings and made them available to creative projects and initiatives. His background is a broadcaster, writer, media maker and festival director who has been responsible for some of Australia’s more innovative, unconventional and successful cultural projects and events.

He has also worked across a range of media as a writer, producer, director and presenter covering fields as diverse as culture, art, media, urban planning, sport and politics.

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    It is super inspiring to hear how Marcus was able to make positive change in his environment—seeing something he wanted to change, then creating a building that not only fills these empty buildings, but give other people opportunities where they otherwise would have none. Nice work!

    Carly Ayres • September 17, 2013