Business North West’s
Reimagining, Reinvigoration, Reinvestment projects for Burnie Tasmania

We are focused on reinvigoration of the City of Burnie through facilitation of community and business projects, to help Burnie revive and thrive.

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Local Research

How do urban environments make you feel?

Data gathering will be finishing by Friday 13th May.

Help with some locally based research focused on Burnie and the CBD urban spaces. UTAS Psychology Honours student Cyndia Hilliger , also one of our executive team is undertakng her honours project this year, with the support of Business Northwest. She is seeking to understand how urban environments make us feel.

You can be in the running to win a gift voucher sponsored by Business Northwest for $50 for spending just 25 minutes of time to compelete the survey. For more information select the QR code below or go to: https://utaseducation.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8CzHURoT8pLFIyy

intersection art space

We are pleased to announce the launch of intersection art space is imminent! A joint project with The Burnie City Council, Business Northwest, Ten Days on the Island and ContemporaryArts/Research to bring back to life an empty shop front, with an exciting pop up gallery space. Check out our intersection art space page for more details.

intersection art space

Live streaming Penguins

Ever wondered what the little penguins are up to along the Burnie foreshore? Well wonder no more, there’s a live feed into the penguin burrows and penguin neighborhood at the Burnie Penguin Centre. As part of our tourism focus to create products that will anchor people into staying the night in Burnie, we have just launched the live stream to tell the world about the penguins that are ridiculously close to the city of Burnie. Now that’s unique!

Check it out on the below link and subscribe to make sure you are up to date with the local penguin activity!

https://youtu.be/RTTvdHWiW58

Check out our other live stream- Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens as well. If you miss seeing the platypus, you can still enjoy the seasonal footage of the gardens any time of the year.

https://youtu.be/lno-3MWBzmg

Burnie Christmas Street Party and Tree Lighting

Business Northwest with the support of the Burnie City Council was busy injecting a bit of community vibe into the streets of Burnie in celebration of lighting the Christmas Tree for 2021. A blend of markets, music, food and Christmas lights was enjoyed by those lucky enough to snare a ticket. Tickets were gone within 32 hours!

Street Art

Any opportunity to spruce up a big blank wall and we’re there! As part of our promotions budget we allocate a bit of funding to support local artists in creating interesting pieces of work to bring to life otherwise dull blank walls. Our local artist Ariel Pascoe completed the Tigers Mural on the outside of the Kmart Building in Mount street last year. This year, we scoped out a run down wall in need of some attention, and with a great deal from Direct Edge Equipment rentals, go to work on this cherry picker to bring Ariel’s work to new heights!

Why bother creating images on blank walls I hear you say? Well, there is plenty of good research out there that tells us that street facades with plenty of activity, and interest create greater feelings of wellbeing that those large empty wall spaces. So hopefully seeing a few empty walls spruced up in our CBD will make you want to stay a bit longer and visit more often!

Background of Burnie 2.0

In early 2020 we were invited by the Burnie City Council to undertake promotions for the City of Burnie to drive retail and visitation to the city. Following a thorough evaluation of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats with local retail and tourism businesses, we devised a plan to help reimagine, reinvigorate and revive Burnie CBD and beyond. Dubbed, Burnie 2.0, it draws from Burnie’s successes and provides building blocks for making Burnie even better, through innovative thinking, blue sky thinking, and most importantly, budgeted practical actions.

We don’t just talk- we do.

Our role is to connect across a range of government, business, community and not for profit groups to pull together strategic project elements that will deliver. This is an evolving process, that is driven by feedback from community members, retailers, business enterprises and council.

The first phase of the 2.0 projects is to create experiences that will anchor people to Burnie as a place to enjoy and stay overnight. Not just for visitors, but for the local citizens of Burnie and surrounds. The city needs to be a place that encourages community engagement, recreation and activity. Where both visitors and locals want to spend time.

The second phase of the 2.0 projects is to reinvigorate business and retail spaces, creating energy and vibrancy for Burnie locals and visitors. It should be a place that offers opportunities for entrepreneurship and community connections. Check out what’s happening in this space on our renew-burnie page.

The third phase of the 2.0 projects is to create awareness to our local cousins and visitors across the strait about Burnie through interstate and intrastate marketing and promotions.

The fourth phase of the 2.0 projects, is press REPEAT ABOVE to ensure constancy, and ongoing vibrancy to support ongoing community and business wellbeing and economic prosperity. Our mindset is holistic- we believe the city reflects its people and its people reflect the city. Our projects must be good for the citizens of Burnie to be good for the City of Burnie.

Guiding all our work is the Burnie- City of Makers brand, which we believe should be thrown wider to include ALL makers, capturing the diversity of artisanal and industrial skill we have, right here in Burnie.

Our vision is to see Burnie and its people revive and thrive. So we ask, what are YOU making?

Keep up to date with our activities on our Burnie 2.0 Facebook page and get in touch if you want to get involved. Drop in and see us in the Plaza Arcade shop 2-3, or send us an email.