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Community Bike Rides in Spring

September 1, 2022

Save the Date: AGM 29 September 2022, 6pm

August 17, 2022

Newstead 2021 has helped our community create and sustain many of Newstead’s great projects: our Community Plan; Renewable Newstead; Community Garden; Arts Hub; Walks & Wheels; Newstead Open Studios; Talking Fire.

So come along to the 2021/2022 AGM for Newstead 2021 Inc on Thursday 29 Sep at 6pm and find out what we have achieved over the last 12 months. Venue: Newstead Community Centre meeting room (at the back of the building). We’ll let everyone know about the agenda and reports at least 2 weeks beforehand.

Some of our office-bearers will be stepping down at the AGM, so it’s time to put your hand up! Newstead 2021 is on the hunt for a new President and Secretary. Interested? Contact Newstead 2021 ( for a chat with Genevieve Barlow (President) or Jane Lean (Secretary) who hold those positions now. Steve Muller, a newcomer to Newstead, has kindly agreed to nominate as Treasurer and take over that role from Geoff Park.

If you are not already a member of Newstead 2021, please join. It’s free, but you do need to fill in a membership form each year. So if you can’t recall filling one in recently, it’s probably time to renew. Download a membership form,  or if you need a hard copy form, please email Jane Lean – – and she will send you one.

On your bike: cycling program for teens & tweens

March 14, 2022

Get on your bike

February 5, 2022

Join in the upcoming community rides. Dust off your old treadlie, find your helmet and you’re set. Newstead’s Walks and Wheels group welcomes all comers to these fantastic events.

Who will be our next councillor?

October 9, 2020

The candidates, Damien Kingsbury, Hilton Hazeltine and Matt Driscoll, vying for election as the Loddon Ward representative on Mount Alexander Shire Council addressed an online forum hosted by Newstead 2021 Inc on Oct 7, 2020.

Each explained why he wanted to be our local government councillor.

If you missed it, don’t worry. Click here to watch it.

Our thanks to the candidates, our host N2021 Inc President Sharon Fraser and conversation manager Chris Johnston. We wish the candidates success and thank them for their willingness to represent our ward.

Our thanks also to Cr John Nieman who has represented Loddon Ward for the past three years and is stepping down.

Make sure you complete your postal vote. Ballot packs were mailed to voters on October 8. Voting closes 6pm , Friday Oct 23. Results will be declared Friday Nov 13, 2020.

2019 AGM minutes

March 19, 2020

Here are the minutes from our 2019 AGM, held at the Newstead Community Garden on Tuesday 19th November 2019.

Click here to view or download.

Newstead 2021 Inc 2018-2019 – Notice of Annual General Meeting

October 22, 2019


Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018-2019

Notice is given that Newstead 2021 Inc will hold its Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at the Newstead Community Garden, Layard St, Newstead VIC 3462.

All community members are welcome to attend. Voting at the AGM is restricted to members of the Association. Membership is open to residents of Newstead and the immediate surrounds, who support N2021’s Statement of Purposes. Membership forms are available from the Association’s website

Nominations for the Committee of the Association are welcome prior to or at the meeting.

Please bring a chair or rug and some food to share.

The ordinary business of the meeting will be:

  1. to confirm the minutes of the previous AGM of the Association and of any special general meeting held since then;
  2. to receive and consider –
    1. the annual report of the Committee on the activities of the Association during the preceding financial year; and
    2. the financial statements of the Association for the preceding financial year submitted by the Committee in accordance with Part 7 of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic);
    3. other reports from the Committee / its sub-Committee(s) upon the transactions and affairs of the Association during the preceding financial year;
  3. to elect officers of the Association and ordinary members of the Committee;
  4. to confirm that the annual subscription fee / joining fee for membership of the Association for 2019/20 shall remain nil.

The special business of the meeting will be:

  1. to discuss the Association’s current Statement of Purposes and Rules with a view to ensuring that these remain accurate and reflective of the intentions of the Association into the future;
  2. to discuss Registrations and endorsements that may benefit the Association, its purposes and activities, including registration as a charity and tax endorsements (e.g. tax exemption, deductible gift recipient status, etc);
  3. to acknowledge that 2020 is N2021’s ten-year anniversary, and to discuss if we would should celebrate and, if so, how?
  4. to consider any other business arising.


A member entitled to attend and vote at the AGM may appoint a person to attend and vote at the meeting as the member’s proxy. The appointment of a proxy must be in writing and signed by the member making the appointment. The form appointing the proxy must be given to the Chairperson of the AGM before or at the commencement of the meeting, or prior to the AGM by post or electronically. A form appointing a proxy sent by post or electronically is of no effect unless it is received by the Association no later than 24 hours before the commencement of the meeting.


Further enquiries can be made to President Gen Barlow 0427 762 633 or


Secretary Saide Gray 0419 543 667 or




2017 AGM

December 19, 2017

Our 2017 AGM was held on Sunday the 12th November, at the railway station, in the midst of the Newstead Historical Society’s then exhibition. Dave Stratton made the journey out to join us, and the meeting was both positive and a good summary of all the was achieved in the past year.

Andrew Skeoch, president for the last two years, announced he was stepping down, and a new committee was elected as:
President: Genevieve Barlow (temporary acting)
Secretary: Saide Gray
Treasurer: Kyle Richardson
with a general committee of:
David Stratton, Geoff Park, Ros Hart, Andrew Skeoch, Gordon Dowell, Don Culvenor, Gen Barlow, Gary Gibson & Saide Gray

Newstead 2021 Inc AGM 2017-11-12 – minutes & financial statements

Project reports include:
Renewable Newstead,
The Newstead Railway Arts Hub,
Community Garden,
Walks and Wheels,
plus a summary of several past projects that are either being transferred to other auspices or concluded.

2016 AGM

December 18, 2016

Our new councillor, John Nieman (Nemo), joined current and newer members of Newstead 2021 for our AGM on Sunday, 27th November.

We gathered on the platform of the railway station as the sun set, to hear reports on the association’s activities through the year, get to know Nemo, and discuss matters for the future.

Nemo conducted the election of the executive for 2017, which voted for the following:
President: Andrew Skeoch
Secretary: Saide Gray
Treasurer: Kylie Richardson
and committee members (reporting on specific projects):
Pat Fensham, Don Culvenor (for Renewable Newstead), Dave Stratton (for Rocket Science), Gen Barlow (for Community Garden), Ros Hart, Neal Bethune (for affordable housing), Geoff Park, Andrew Skeoch (for Arts Hub) and Gary Gibson.

2017 dates for 2021 meetings (venue/times to be announced):
Feb 16, May 18, Aug 17
AGM: Nov 16

View Newstead 2021 Inc. 2015-2016 AGM minutes here.

2015 AGM Minutes

December 6, 2015


Meeting commenced at 5pm

Present: Mary Park, Karly Smith, Andrew Skeoch (Chair), Dave Stratton, Ros Hart, Saide Gray, Gary Gibson, Geoff Park, Genevieve Barlow.

Apologies: Janet Barker, Don Culvenor, Sarah Koschak, Kylie Richardson.

Guests: Monique Kerr, Lachie Park

Our guest speakers Monique and Lachie gave terrific presentations on their experiences growing up in Newstead, their travels and adventures since leaving school and some observations on the benefits and challenges of growing up in a small village regional setting.

Andrew thanked them on behalf of N2021 and gave them a small gift.


President Report provided by Andrew Skeoch. Andrew reminded the meeting of the N2021 Statement of Purpose.

Treasurers Report and Financial statements – provided by Kylie Richardson (presented by Mary Park) – attached.

Community Garden – Mary Park (report attached)

Newstead Railway Arts Hub – Andrew Skeoch

Renewable Newstead – Geoff Park (report attached)

Community Planning – Genevieve Barlow

Skate Park – No report.  Andrew Skeoch advised that things are progressing.

Election of Office-bearers

Andrew vacated the Chair. Lachie Park chaired election of committee.

All positions were declared vacant and nominations were called.

President – Andrew Skeoch nominated by Saide Gray, seconded Genevieve Barlow. Elected.

Treasurer – Kylie Richardson nominated by Geoff Park, seconded by Andrew Skeoch. Elected.

Secretary – Saide Gray nominated by Geoff Park, seconded by Gary Gibson. Elected.

The following ordinary Committee were elected: Genevieve Barlow, Mary Park, David Stratton, Gary Gibson, Ros Hart, Geoff Park and Don Culvenor.

The meeting closed at 7.27pm

Click here to download a copy of the minutes.