Community Walk #137

Sunday 23 August saw another very enjoyable walk led by Frances.  We walked in the Muckleford Forest along the Mia Mia Tract where nature was kind enough to lift her drab grey skirts and reveal to us some of her treasurers.  Orchids in bloom were Pink Fingers, Blue Caladenias and Leopard Orchids and several different Greenhoods.  We surprised some kangaroos and saw the aftermath of an echidna digging up an ants nest.

Rob Grahame.

Preschool Enrolments for 2010

Enrolments are now being taken for 2010 at the Newstead Preschool.  Please contact Jo on 5476 2688 by 30 October.  We look forward to hearing from you.
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Open to Suggestions at the RTC

Following on from a staff member's idea, the RTC has now opened a suggestion box so that we can be more responsive to the needs of the wider Newstead community.

We are interested in your thoughts and opinions for developing the services here, so if there is something you think could improve the Centre, come by and drop your ideas in the suggestion box.

Revamped Internet Cafe Up and Running

The first stage of the RTC computer review and replacement program has been successfully completed with the installation of three high speed computers at the RTC.  These can also offer the option of colour printing for the first time.

Website & Free Wireless Network Launched

An enthusiastic crowd including Maldon & District Community Bank chair Ron Snep and Councillor Michael Redden gathered at Dig Cafe for the launch of the Newstead Community Website and free local wireless network.

Development of the 2 projects was led by Dave Hall for Newstead 2021 see Newstead become central Victoria's most connected town. Members of the community are managing the site through an editorial team. 

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Newstead & District CFA Working Towards a Safer Community

The Newstead Group Exercise took place on Friday night, September 11. It proved to be a valuable learning experience for the crews, support personnel and town residents.

Newstead Community Centre AGM

The AGM for the Community Centre's Committee of Management was held on 20 August as advertised and all executive positions from the previous committee were elected as ongoing, subject to the Shire Council's approval.  A copy of the annual report and audited financial statement is available on request at the RTC.

RTC to have its own internet revolution

Actually it will be more of an evolution than a revolution, but that doesn't make for such a compelling headline.

We are quite attached to our computers here at the RTC internet cafe, but with six years of solid serfvice behind them, they are getting a little eccentric and starting to show their age.  It's time to revamp this valuable service and with the generous help of local computer expert Dave Hall, we can all look forward to a faster and more efficient experience.

News and Reflections for the Council Desk

The Mount Alexander Shire Council Budget has just been published for 2009/10 and contains a number of items relevant to Newstead and surrounding settlements.  These include:

Geoff Park wins prestigious prize

Newstead's Geoff Park has won Australian science's most prestigious award, a Eureka Prize.

Announced in Sydney on 18 August at a star studded dinner, the prize is for Research for an Interdisciplinary Team.

Geoff was part of a team to develop the prize winning INFFER (Investment Framework for Environmental Resources) project which helps work out how best to invest money for the greatest environmental outcomes in rural areas.  Geoff and Mark Park were at the dinner when the award was announced.
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