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HMAS Bell launched in style

February 19, 2010

What a great event to celebrate – the launch of Newstead’s own pirate ship, the HMAS Bell. On Friday the 19th February a huge crowd of young and not so young pirates, turned out to celebrate in style. An initiative of Newstead 2021, the idea of a wooden pirate ship playground was conceived by the young folks of our community at the May 2008 Summit. With support from the Shire of Mount Alexander and the Federal Government “stimulus” fund the ship became a reality….but not without a lot of hard work from members of our wonderful community. In particular Karly Smith, Dean McLaren, Steve Proposch and Cr. Michael Redden deserve special thanks for their vision and persistence. Named in honour of Sam Bell, the new playground will delight people for many years to come.

Cap'n Dean kept the young pirates in check

The Pinata was a huge hit!

A significant sighting...the elusive Newstead Toucan and its keeper!

Thank you Karly and Dean - a fantastic effort!

The HMAS Bell is launched by Cr. Michael Redden


Landlubbers enjoying the festivities at the playground launch

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