Roller shutter removal program extends to Oxford Street
The City of Sydney’s shopfront activation program to remove roller shutters and revitalise local businesses in Redfern has proved hugely successful, with double the demand and plans to extend the program to Oxford Street.
Eight local businesses in Redfern had already experienced an increase in trade since removing their shutters as part of a City of Sydney program, launched in 2010, to increase the appeal of shop fronts.
Fifteen more businesses in Redfern have been approved to receive grants from the program and soon funding will be open to Oxford Street retailers as well.
“Bright and lively shopfronts make an area feel more welcoming and encourage people to linger and spend their money at our great local businesses,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
Christina Kang, proprietor of Redfern Cellars, was one of the first shops to remove her shutters two years ago.
“Now the shopfront looks clean and people can see into our store easily. We have many young professionals living around here with high incomes who like things looking modern and open,” she said.
Architect and sculptor Michael Bremner, who owns a small private gallery on Regent Street, has noticed a positive change in the area since receiving his grant.
“It gives something back to the community,” Mr Bremner said. “The whole area is slowly developing and it’s a good thing.”
To find out more about the program or to apply for an Oxford Street grant, see cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/business/business-support/grants-and-sponsorship/shopfront-improvement-grants.