Chopped Rod and Custom 2012 - October 5, 6 & 7 - Newstead Racecourse

Hot Rods and rock music get back to their roots for the annual Chopped Rod & Custom a three-day festival where pre-1965 style custom cars and music fanatics from across Australia roll into Victoria.

Words in Winter

Words in Winter 2014

"Words on the Wild Side"

Mikado Tickets

To use PayPal to purchase tickets for the Mikado (2pm Sunday 17th August, Mechanic's Hall, Newstead Community Centre) visit this site 
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Focus on Newstead photo-narrative project

On the 24 June 2012 the "Focus on Newstead" photo-narrative project was opened, followed by a "Speak Out" planning session, where the community was invited to bring along their ideas and passions for the town of Newstead and its surrounds.

The “Focus on Newstead” Exhibition was up at the RTC and Pocket Gallery until 27 July 2012 and will shortly be available for viewing on the Newstead Community Website.
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Community Bank distributes record grants amount

The (MDCB) Maldon & District Community Bank® Branch has distributed a record $239,000 in grants to community groups and organisations this year.  The money, in amounts ranging from $550 to $24,000, was presented to forty successful grant applicant groups in Maldon on June 4th. More than $64,000 went to Newstead groups.  In addition, the bank also announced its largest single
sponsorship for a new community initiative, valued at $100,000 over five years. The money will fund community buses in Newstead and Baringhup/Maldon.

Community Bus for Newstead

The Maldon and District Community Bank has announced a sponsorship for $50,000 over the next five years to enable the Newstead community (and surrounding areas, including Guildford) to lease a 12-seater community bus.

We have formed a Newstead Community Bus Committee to guide the process of setting up and running the bus. On the committee are Lee Braddon, Cherie Titman, Pam Adams (from Guildford), Sue Moses (Transport Connections Officer at Council) and Michael Redden.

Local Artist Exhibits

Newstead artist, Maritsa Gronda, is one of many local artists exhibiting in the Spirit of Winter Exhibition at the Castlemaine Market Building. Many visitors present at the opening, on Friday 1st June, commented that it is one of the best exhibitions they have seen at the Market Building. The exhibition runs until 29th July, 2012.
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Newstead Pool Supports the Community

The Newstead & District Pool Committee handed out over $10,000 in grants to local community groups this week. This money was raised by past and present fundraising efforts by the volunteers involved with the Newstead pool.  "It is a testament to the success of the local pool and its volunteer network that we can provide this support to other community groups in Newstead. The success of our pool comes from our volunteers and the local management of the pool.
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Arts Open - Meet the Makers

Pictured here outside Dig are two local Newstead artists, Roger McKindley and Karen Pierce with the vibrantly painted ‘Arts Open’ door, heralding the opening of more than 30 studios and galleries throughout the Castlemaine district and ESPECIALLY here in Newstead !

Painters, ceramicists, jewellers, sculptors, print-makers are some of the many and varied artists of our wider community who will share their work and workspaces over the last weekend in April.

Newstead Swap Meet - 25-26 February 2012

Introducing the first annual Newstead Automotive Swap Meet, taking place on Saturday the 25th & Sunday the 26th of February 2012 (last weekend in February).

The Swap Meet will be held at the Newstead Racecourse, on the same site as the Chopped Rod & Custom festival in Central Victoria.


Community Garden Dinner - 10 March 2012

The Shared Table - a celebratory harvest dinner held under the stars - is the theme of this year's our Community Garden Dinner.

We are very fortunate to have chef, Charlotte Duckett, who has again devised a delicious menu.

Charlotte, who has cooked in restaurants in London and Hong Kong, trained with Stephanie Alexander and also worked as sous chef with Karen Martini at St Kilda’s highly lauded The George Melbourne Wine Room before running her own restaurant, Gourlay’s in Malvern.
An initiative of Newstead 2021