The last chance of obtaining electricity for Newstead has vanished. The local shire council on Thursday decided to install an acetylene gas plant at the cost of 150 pound, to supply light to about 15 lamps in the various streets of the town at points where oil lamps exist. Mr Nalder of Castlemaine, who has the job in hand agreed to give two months free trial, and if then satisfactory to the council, to accept 25 pound down, and the balance in equal instalments extending over two years.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1913
Every now and then the question as to whether the council should not derive some benefit when anyone wants to cut green or dry timber on the roads of the shire crops up, but nothing ever comes of it, councillors apparently being divided on it. At the last meeting of the council the president said the timber was a valuable assest to them, and the council should receive somethings for it. The person who wants to cut it down is not only benefitted by its removal from around his paddocks but he either uses it for his own use, or sells it for firewood. He would rather allow a man to ring the trees and leave them standing. Cr Houser was of the opinion that it would be better if all timber was cleared off roads, and if people would so they sould be allowed. It is more expensive as it is; leaves and debris get into the side drains ovet the roads, creating damage. Cr Robinson backed up Cr Clarke's ideas, but the subject remained at that.
Research courtesy of Janet Trudgeon.