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2012 AGM Minutes

March 4, 2013

The 2012 AGM of Newstead 2021 was actually held in 2013. This was because we sought, and were granted an extension from Consumer Affairs Victoria on 9 December 2012, ensuring N2021’s compliance with the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.

The AGM was held on the 25th February 2013.

Click on the links below to view:

  • The Agenda (including financial statements presented) – click here to download
  • The Minutes – click here to download


  1. The Presidents Report – click here to download
  2. Newstead Community Planning Report – click here to download
  3. Newstead Skate Park Report – click here to download
  4. Community Garden Report – click here to download
  5. Renewable Newstead Report – click here to download
  6. Loddon River Report – click here to download

2011 AGM Minutes

September 30, 2011

Minutes of the Third Annual General Meeting of Newstead 2021 Inc.

Sunday 25 September 2011 @ Loddon River, Newstead

Meeting commenced 4.15pm

Present: Mary Park, Geoff Park, Saide Gray, Gary Gibson, David Stratton, Nick Hudson, Andrew Shirres, Ruby Shirres, Siena Shirres, Patrick Kavanagh, Angela Down, Michael Redden, Genevieve Barlow.

Apologies: Kylie Richardson, Don Culvenor, Malcolm Fyffe, Anne & Michael O’Brien, Frances Cincotta, Louise Jiricek, Dave Hall, Karly Smith, Liz & Doug Bell, Ros Hart, Ray Culvenor, Gabrielle Maunsell.

Minutes of the previous AGM:

The minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting of Newstead 2021 held Thursday Oct 27, 2010 were correct. Moved – Saide Gray, seconded – Dave Stratton.

Reports: (see attached Annual Report 2010/11)

President: report presented by Geoff Park. Productive 12 months. Meeting recorded a vote of thanks for Cr Michael Redden’s efforts at ‘flying the flag’ for Newstead on Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Renewable Newstead: Busy year. Expect 200 Home Energy Assessments to be completed in partnership with Central Victoria Solar City (CVSC). Feasibility study into renewable energy sources for Newstead completed and launched. Investigative work continuing on renewable energy project for Newstead.

Network Newstead – Wireless Project: report prepared by Dave Hall

Newstead website: report prepared by Dave Hall

The River Project: report presented by Patrick Kavanagh. Great to have North Central Catchment Management Authority on board. Extensive clearing of willows, tree planting and riparian veg rehabilitation on Loddon River in town area.

The Community Garden & Produce Exchange: report prepared by Mary Park

Treasurer’s Report: see summary of financial statementsfor year ended 30 June 2011 and as at 23 September 2011 (as prepared by Kylie Richardson). Gary Gibson moved that financial reportsbe accepted. Gen Barlow seconded.

General Comments:

1. All grant funds almost spent. Most of remaining funds of $13,025 will be used by garden art project and website upgrade.

2. Public Liability insurance (which covers all Newstead 2021 activities e.g. Community garden) paid to July 2012.

3. Michael Redden advised that Newstead’s Rural Transaction Centre has ceased operating as a trading co-operative and is now an incorporated body known as Newstead RTC Inc. It’s in a healthy financial state, with op shop producing good income, and RTC is seeking guidance on how it could return some of that money to the community. Possibility that Newstead Echo will become a sub-committee of the RTC.

4. Michael Redden informed meeting that N2021 summit model likely to be adopted by council for community planning forums across the shire. Council to run forums in nine communities across the shire. Don Culvenor has been appointed to committee overseeing planning for these forums. It’s hoped Newstead will be among the first three communities chosen to have forums. Michael also advised that Newstead’s community garden and playground were the only two projects that received funding from stimulus packages that weren’t on the council’s books at the time the stimulus was announced. A feather in N2021’s cap. Michael emphasized council’s goal for forums was for communities to identify their own priorities so that when funds become available, council knows which projects communities want done.

Election of office bearers:

Michael Redden presided over the election of the officer bearers. All positions were declared vacant.

The positions elected were:

President – Geoff Park Nominated by Saide Gray and seconded by Patrick Kavanagh

Vice-President – Genevieve Barlow Nominated by Geoff Park and seconded by Dave Stratton

Treasurer & Public Officer – Kylie Richardson Nominated by Mary Park and seconded by Patrick Kavanagh

Secretary – Karly Smith Nominated by Patrick Kavanagh and seconded by Geoff Park

Committee members: Andrew Shirres, Saide Gray, Mary Park, Patrick Kavanagh, Angela Down, Dave Stratton, Don Culvenor, Nick Hudson.

Meeting discussed general committee’s role. Discussion resolved that N2021 and its general committee could play an important role in projects emanating from Mount Alexander Shire’s proposed community planning forum in Newstead.

General Business

1. Meeting resolved for N2021 reps to meet with Dave Hall and Newstead website editorial committee to discuss grant received from Mount Alexander Shire Community Grants program to upgrade the Newstead website. Grant is due for acquittal end of September 2011

2. Special thanks to Geoff Park for his great leadership during the past 12 months. And for organizing an AGM in the beautiful riverside setting.

Meeting closed: 6.00pm


A. Annual report – download here.

B. Summary of financial statements for year ended 30th June 2011 and as at 23rdSeptember 2011 – download here.

2010 AGM minutes

October 30, 2010

Minutes of the Second Annual General Meeting of Newstead 2021 Inc.

Thursday 7th October 2010 @ Welshmans Reef Winery

Meeting commenced 7.35pm

Present: Wes Martin, Kirsty Mackay, Mary Park, Geoff Park, Melissa Proposch, Steve Proposch, Dean McLaren, Saide Gray, Anne O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, Ros Hart, David Stratton, Georgina Duckett, Andrew Shirres, Martin Lynzaat, Sharon Fraser, Allex Hall, Maritsa Gronda, Patrick Kavanagh, Angela Down, Karly Smith, Gordon Dowell, Genevieve Barlow, Bob Clutterbuck, Suzan Redlande, Xanya Mamunya, Dave Hall, Julie Tisdale, Ron Snep, Julia Elkins, Jayson Burhop (departed at 7.45pm)

Apologies: Kylie Richardson, Don Culvenor, Malcolm Fyffe

Minutes of the previous AGM: The minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting of Newstead 2021 held Sunday 24th May 2009 were correct.

Moved – Wes Martin, seconded – Dean McLaren. Reports: (see attached Annual Report 2009/10)

Presidents report presented by Geoff Park

Renewable Newstead: Jayson Burhop introduced to N2021. He is employed to lead this program.

50km speed restriction: report presented by Geoff Park

Playground Project: report presented by Dean McLaren

Network Newstead – Wireless Project: report presented by Dave Hall

Newstead website: report presented by Dave Hall

Rocket Science: report presented by Geoff Park

The River Project: report presented by Patrick Kavanagh

The Community Garden & Produce Exchange: report presented by Mary Park

Treasurer’s Report: see summary of financial statement as at 30th September 2010 (as prepared by Kylie Richardson).

Election of office bearers: Martin Lynzaat presided over the election of the officer bearers. All positions were declared vacant.

Position Nomination Nomination by Seconder Resolved to appoint
President Geoff Park Dean McLaren Dave Hall Geoff Park
Vice-President Genevieve Barlow Melissa Proposch Xanya Mamunya Genevieve Barlow
Treasurer & Public Officer Kylie Richardson Geoff Park Dave Hall Kylie Richardson
Secretary Karly Smith (assistant Angela Down) Dean McLaren David Stratton Karly Smith

Committee members: Dean McLaren, Sharon Fraser, Dave Hall, David Stratton, Mary Park, Allex Hall, Steve Proposch, Andrew Shirres, Patrick Kavanagh, Xanya Mamunya, Angela Down.

Special thanks to Geoff Park for his great leadership during the past 12 months. And thanks to the Ron & Julia (Welshmans Reef Winery) for their great food & wine tonight, and to the community gardeners for the delicious home-grown salads.

Meeting closed: 8.30pm

Annual General Meeting

October 9, 2010

The 2nd Newstead 2021 AGM was conducted at the Welshman’s Reef Winery and Vineyard on Thursday 7th October. There was a terrific turnout with adults and children enjoying a dazzling array of pizza’s direct from the oven. Salads travelled fom the Community Garden and it was wonderful to share the rewards of our gardeners have provided with an enthusiastic crowd.

I have attached a copy of our Annual Report including a summary financial statement below. Minutes from the meeting will be posted shortly.

Annual Report 2009/10 – Geoff Park (President N2021)

Newstead 2021 comprises citizens formed after a summit held in May 2008. The summit was organised by our local community and included a wide range of participants including farmers, self-employed business people, professionals and school children. Inspired by the then newly-elected Federal Government’s 2020 Summit, we wanted to sound out ideas – social, environmental and economic – to strengthen our community. As a result of that Summit, N2021 was formed and we have since developed a community garden, established a locally available free wi-fi service, installed new play equipment in our community playground, set up a town website and are establishing a community project to reduce our energy use and switch to renewable energy. Our first AGM was held on the 24th May 2009. We became officially incorporated on 16th June 2009. Tonight, the 7th October sees our second AGM! This report provides a snapshot of activities and achievements’ over the past 12 months or so …

Read more…

Magic happens – Newstead to go 100% renewable?

June 3, 2010

The Newstead 2021 blog has been a bit quiet of late … just waiting for something magical to happen. At our May 2008 summit there was major interest in doing something around renewable energy options for our community. A number of meetings were held, discussions were wide ranging and exciting possibilities were canvassed. Since then our community has been pretty busy and the “energy thing” has been simmering away. Well, serendipity is a wonderful thing.

Last week we were approached by Leah Sertori from Central Victorian Solar City. “The Central Victoria Solar City (CVSC) project is part of the Australian Government’s $94 million Solar Cities program that offers incentives to local residents and businesses to participate in a trial range of energy efficiency, local energy generation and demand management products and services. The project aims to discover innovative local energy solutions for you, your community and the planet.”

Here is a summary of the notes provided by Leah following the meeting.

On Friday evening Leah Sertori from Central Victoria Solar City met with a number of local community members. The group included Genevieve Barlow, Geoff Park, Don Culvenor, Ron Snep, Melissa Proposch and Liz Bell. Newstead is well known for its capability in leading and implementing initiatives that benefit the broader community. Over the past year Newstead 2021 has successfully developed and implemented a number of initiatives: Community Playground, a free wireless network and the recently launched Community Garden. Newstead is a very tight knit, resourceful community. 
The Offer
Leah met with the group to run them through the opportunities to engage in the solar city project as well as an overview of what the project hopes to achieve. Leah offered to provide the group with some support from the CVSC office if they were interested in engaging their whole town in reducing their energy use and engaging in renewable energy creation. We discussed a community based challenge, for residents of Newstead to reduce their energy consumption by up to 20% and to shift to 100% solar renewable energy in the next twelve months to two years.  At this stage, the idea is very fluid and open. It will be further shaped by the residents of Newstead.

We identified the following benefits of a potential project:
•  Converting an entire town (around 150 residences) to renewable energy is a great story 
•  Highly visible project 
•  Will attract interest from visitors to Newstead 
•  Will engage the entire community in a project that benefits everyone
•  Opportunity for Newstead to generate income from excess energy created by PV 
•  Opportunity for residents to complete some training to become qualified energy auditors, generating employment outcomes
•  CVSC can take that model to other small towns in Central Victoria, its scalable 
•  We can share the lessons learned and the towns experience through a media campaign

There was a huge amount of interest from the group in the potential for Newstead to build a small solar park, if they secured pledge amounts to cover the financing of the project. There was generally a great atmosphere at the meeting and enormous excitement around what could be achieved. 

Next steps include:
•  Leah to find out how much electricity Newstead currently uses daily, monthly, annually from Powercor.
•  Genevieve, Geoff and the Newstead Gang to hold another meeting to scope the potential for the project.
•  CVSC to facilitate a community planning session with up to 25 residents and business owners/operators to develop a project.
•  Newstead and CVSC to develop a project proposal which provides the scope of the project, its intended outcomes, deliverables and timeframes. 
•  Leah to engage John Harvey from Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance in the discussion and Sally Morris, Manager of Economic Development from the Mount Alexander Shire.

This is a very exciting opportunity for our town and community. Not just because it offers an opportunity to be part of direct practical action to address climate change but importantly it provides us with the scope to plot our own path … with support and expertise from CVSC. Stay tuned for an invitation to participate in what happens next.

Visit from MAS Planning Unit

March 18, 2010

Newstead community representatives Helen Watters, Don Culvenor and Geoff Park were pleased to host a visit from the Mount Alexander Shire Planning Unit today. The purpose of the visit was to look at current initiatives – for example the RTC, HMAS Bell, community garden and Recreation Reserve, but also at sites where development was proposed according to the Newstead Framework Plan (part of the 2004 Urban Living Strategy). The visit provided an excellent opportunity for us to better understand the MAS planning approach and to share information and ideas about current and future projects. It is always pleasing to see our Local Government officers taking the time to understand issues and needs of the smaller towns across the Shire.

The visit concluded with refreshments at Dig Cafe.

Rocket Science #13 – Paul Sinclair on the future for our rivers

March 16, 2010

Sunday 28th March at DIG Cafe – Rocket Science #13 “What future for our rivers – is it possible to reconcile competing demands for a scarce resource….in a drying climate?”  with Dr. Paul Sinclair, Healthy Ecosystems Program Manager with the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Paul is well known for his marvelous book “The Murray: A river and its people”, published in 2001. He grew up at Kerang, on the Loddon River, a tributary of the Murray. His first memory of the river is a flood in the early 1970s when he was 12. The book explores the reasons why the river has become degraded, and what these changes have meant to Australians. According to Martin Flanagan, Paul Sinclair “is a new sort of Australian public intellectual. His view of the environment goes way beyond the polarity of greenies versus rednecks”.

For more information visit the Rocket Science blog at