By Sarah Gregg

     Jack’s Magazine, the disused 19th Century explosives facility hidden on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, is about to get a new lease of life as a space for creatives and entrepreneurs, bringing visitors to the site which has lain dormant since the 1990s.

    Working Heritage has teamed up with Renew Australia to “place creative enterprises and projects into the disused spaces at Jack’s Magazine; helping make the site active, while ensuring the property is looked after.” The Jack’s Reloaded project is currently accepting expressions of interest from local creative entrepreneurs, makers and social entrepreneurs.


    Angela Simons from Renew Australia says, “The Jack’s Reloaded initiative will help to bring more people into the historic site and encourage people to spend more time there. It will also demonstrate the potential future uses for the heritage listed site and provide the opportunity for new businesses and community initiatives to test their ideas at minimal cost.”

    Visit to learn more about the historic site and Jack’s Reloaded project. Expressions of interest can be lodged through the website or by contacting Angela Simons from Renew Australia on 9882 0785 or

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