Funds help empty shopfront revival

PLANS to revive empty shopfronts in Murwillumbah look set to continue, following the fundraising efforts of local creative group, Hey Maker!

The group launched a crowd-funding campaign in June to help promote a project which will revitalise the town's centre with creative retail spaces and pop-up galleries.

Member Ellie Beck said the group's target of $11,700 was reached with support from both the local community and surrounding areas.

"It's fantastic and exciting to see the support we've been receiving and we feel privileged and honoured," Ms Beck said.

"We want to see our town flourish again and with the pledges made we can begin to work on that vision."

Local business owners have shown enthusiasm for the group's plans and they were hoping to secure strong support from land-lords, she said.

"It's been proven that these types of projects, which set out to bring new life into empty stores, do so much more than that. They also reconnect the community and restore networks within that community.

"Places such as Byron Bay and Lismore have demonstrated that pop-up stores and galleries show empty shops in a new light and they actually bring in permanent renters and business opportunities."



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