Creative group revives Mur'bah
PLANS to revive empty shop fronts 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 coming from both the local community and surrounding areas.
"It's fantastic and exciting to see the support we have been receiving and we feel very 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."
Ms Beck says local business owners have shown enthusiasm for the group's plans and they are hoping to secure strong support from landlords.
"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," she said.
"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."
Ms Beck says Hey Maker! will engage with the Murwillumbah community before beginning their first project.
"We want to make sure we don't jump into anything hastily.
"It's important that we talk to the local community to ensure we invest the money in projects which will benefit the entire town."