The Creative CBD Toowoomba program is an initiative of Council who have partnered with Renew Australia to assist emerging creative businesses gain access to vacant commercial spaces in the CBD. The program has three aims, being to:

  • Incubate emerging businesses and grow the creative economy;
  • Support commercial property owners and reduce CBD vacancy rates; and
  • Increase the diversity and vibrancy of the Toowoomba City Centre.Creative CBD logo

This is a trial program aiming to activate up to six spaces over a 12-month period. Evaluation of the trial will include the satisfaction of participants, impacts on neighbouring businesses and precinct activity levels, and appetite for continuation.

A key principle of the Renew model is to “Complement Not Compete”. This means that participants are selected for their ability to contribute to their precinct by providing additional patronage in the vicinity of an existing business. Local creatives and start-up businesses will have an opportunity to trial their ideas in brick-and-mortar locations, further refining their business offerings/model before taking on the risk of commercial space.

Are you a property owner or agent?

The Creative CBD trial program benefits landowners by increasing visibility of their vacant property to potential commercial tenants or purchasers, while it is occupied by an emerging business, supporting business incubation and contributing to the vibrancy of Toowoomba’s heart.

By allowing creative entrepreneurs and start-ups to access your space, your property will be open and cared for, potentially reducing the chance of vandalism, increasing the appeal of the property and assisting potential long-term tenants to visualise their own business in the space. The ‘for sale/lease’ sign stays in the window so that you can actively market and promote your property as an engaging space. For more detail please refer to the FAQs for owners and managers, or contact us by:

Email: yoursay@tr.qld.gov.au

Phone: 131 872

Are you a creative or entrepreneur?

The Creative CBD Toowoomba Trial program is primarily a business incubator program which aims to reduce commercial vacancy rates and activate the city. If you create or make your own wares or IP, you may qualify for participation in this exciting program. Refer to the Readiness Checklist, then let us know about your great idea by submitting an expression of interest here.

Creative CBD Toowoomba General Fact sheet