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.

Bank to Launch 2012 Grants Program

Does your group need a grant?

The Maldon & District Community Bank will launch its grants program at an information evening later this month.

Community groups are invited to the Maldon Community Centre on Monday, February 27th at 7pm to learn how to apply for a bank grant.

The information evening is designed to provide community groups with all the information they need to lodge an application for the bank‘s 2012 community grants round.

Newstead Preschool - Taking Enrolments for 3 year old kinder now.

Newstead Preschool provides a creative, nurturing learning environment using a play-based program.
While maintaining a small cohort, Newstead Preschool is offering a Three Year Old Pre-Kinder session,
commencing from Term 2 (16th April).

The pre-kinder session will run on a Tuesday, places are limited and enrolments are being accepted now.
For more information, please contact Jo on 5476 2688 (From 3rd February).
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January Produce Exchange

First Produce Exchange of the year was held the first weekend of January. Christmas had been dispensed with, 2011 had gone... The New Year was welcomed in and making itself at home already! So there we were, relaxedly exchanging on the Red Store verandah, as usual!

Upgrade to Newstead Tankers and other News

The safety of fire-fighters is the top priority for the CFA. The two Newstead tankers have recently been upgraded to help protect crew and vehicles in the event they are trapped in a fire. The tankers have been fitted with units to spray water over the cabin and crew areas at the height of the fire. Reflective curtains have also been fitted to the cabin and crew areas to provide additional protection from radiant heat. Brigade members will be trained in operation of the new safety equipment during
the next month.

CFA Turnouts

At the Waterhole

The best places to see birds at this time of year usually involve water. Even a tiny bush dam will reward a patient observer; species that are often very difficult to observe in other situations can be seen at close quarters. Early morning and approaching dusk on hot days are the best
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Words in Winter Festival

The Words in Winter Festival will again be held this August, with events in and around Newstead.

It's time to start thinking about it now!

If you have any ideas or there are things you would like to see included, please contact me and let's consider a meeting in March.

Angela Down - 5476 2276 or

Newstead Community Garden

It doesn‘t make sense to be gardening in the hottest months of the year, apart from regular watering and zucchini picking, but if you want to be eating vegetables through autumn and winter, January and February are exactly when you should be planting and tending seeds and seedlings. A couple of crops (leave a week or three between plantings to get an ongoing supply) of carrot, parsnip, cauli, broccoli, cabbage, kale, silver beet, beetroot, leeks, brussel sprouts, just for starters! Warm soil and regular watering will mean rapid germination and growth.
An initiative of Newstead 2021