The campaign to fill empty shops in the Blue Mountains is building momentum with organisers reaching their fund-raising target of $5000 in little over a week.
“People have often said how generous the Blue Mountains community is and I think we can reaffirm that with this show of solidarity.
“However, the $5000 was just to cover one part of the project and more is still needed,” said Mind the Gap spokeswoman Saskia Everingham.
Mind the Gap will work with the local community and property owners to take empty shops, offices, commercial and public buildings and make them available for short-term use by artists, businesses, creative projects and community initiatives.
Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) has been assisting Mind the Gap Pop up Blue Mountains, while the Katoomba Chamber of Commerce is also backing their efforts.
“Mind the Gap has the potential to transform our depressed retail streets and will support commercial tenants doing it tough. Truly a win-win,” said Ms Everingham.
The online funding campaign finishes on Wednesday, September 11 at midnight.
Anyone wishing to donate from $5 to $1000 or more can go to pozible.com/project/23212/ or see what’s happening at facebook.com/mindthegap.popup and www.mindthegapbm.com.au.
An information night will be held on Wednesday, September 18 from 7-9pm at the Carrington Hotel.