Friday, July 19, 2013

ReActivate Latrobe Valley: Marcus Westbury & John Calabro Podcast

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John Calabro, Director of Made in Gippsland and Marcus Westbury, Director of Renew Newcastle - Talking Business 2013 Ep 22

Released12 July 2013
Interview with John Calabro (director, Made in Gippsland) and Marcus

Marcus Westbury
Founder - Renew Australia - Renew Newcastle

Marcus Westbury’s background is as 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.In 2008 Marcus founded Renew Newcastle with his own funds and energy. It’s a low budget, not for profit, DIY urban renewal scheme that has brokered access to more than 60 empty buildings for more than 110 creative enterprises, artists and cultural projects in Newcastle. Marcus is now working with companies and communities across Australia and around the world through Renew Australia.

John Calabro
Design/Director - The View From Here
Founder - Made in Gippsland

John Calabro is a designer, born and raised in Morwell, Latrobe Valley. He left home in pursuit of greener grass, only to return after 10 years for the same reason. John has worked in some of Melbourne’s leading boutique design studios, including Design by Pidgeon, David Lancashire Design and 21-19. In 2010 he began teaching design at Swinburne’s Faculty of Design and setup his own design studio The View From Here in his new home town of Traralgon. In 2013 he launched a side project called Made In Gippsland, a website which features an alumni of ex/current Gippslanders aiming for the highest standards in creative fields.

ReActivate Latrobe Valley: Creative Economies Video

How can we ReActivate cities for alternative futures?

This forum aims to initially reflect on the first stage of the research and then projecting forward with key issues which formulate the focus for the next stage of the project This conference introduces how current practices are addressing the issue of transiting for cities and regional centres through three key areas:

ReActivate Through Creative Economies

ReGenerate The Urban Landscape

ReSkilling the Community & The Urban Landscape

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ReActivate Latrobe Valley - Photos

ReActivate: Latrobe Valley launch last Friday with the Street Party and Winter Night Festival and Markets on Commercial Road in Morwell. The fantastic turn out saw the rebirth of the long lost street festival to the Latrobe Valley. Among the Market Stalls were a with a range of locally produced food and cuisine, live music, art and design on display. For more information on the event and images visit the Transiting Cities - ReActivate Latrobe Valley Website

 Monash University - Art & Design

Nancy Sposato from Hank Coffee

 Three Little Birds Cafe Market Stall
 Mayor Cr. Sandy Kam & Russell Northe MP Member for Morwell
 Interior Hunter Market Stall
 Interior Hunter

Steph Shields from Monash University
Alice Lewis - Night Brigade
 ReActivate HQ in the process of being set up
 ReActivate Markets
Eleanor Marguerite Hats

Yinnar general store

Monday, July 15, 2013

ReActivate Latrobe Valley: HQ Official Opening

The ReActivate HQ will open on the Monday 29th July, 2013.
Opening hours 10 - 4 Monday - Saturday

HQ will contain a TV projection wall, physical models, competition entries of the winners of the Transiting Cities: Low Carbon Futures.

If you have any questions  please call
03 9925 0817 /

For more information visit

ReActivate Latrobe Valley: Winter Night Festival & Markets

ReActivate: Latrobe Valley
Winter Night Festival & Markets

Thank you to everyone who came down and helped make the Winter Night Festival & Markets on Friday night a huge success. The wide range of market stalls and performers provided a rich cross section of the local talent found in the region.