With much fanfare and celebration the Newstead Railway Arts Hub was officially opened on Saturday 29th August 2015.

The $430,000 restoration of the old station building was funded through VicTrack’s Community Use of Vacant Buildings Program. The project has been driven by Newstead 2021, in partnership with other local groups, the Friends of the Station and the Newstead Salon.

Special guests at the opening included Dja Dja Wurrung’s Ron Kerr Jnr, State Member Maree Edwards, Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Christine Henderson together with Councillors Michael Redden and Sharon Telford, VicTrack Director David Hunter, along with Karly Smith and Kate Tucker from the Maldon and District Community Bank.

Speakers included MC Geoff Park, Ron Kerr who gave the Welcome to Country, Maree Edwards, David Hunter, Christine Henderson, Friends of the Station representative Janet Barker, and local artists Horse and Julie Patey.

A huge crowd enjoyed the day

An enthusiastic crowd of locals turned up for the celebration

More than 200 people gathering for the official opening.

Ron Kerr Jnr performing the Welcome to Country.

Ron Kerr Jnr conducted the Welcome to Country.

OPening of the Newstead Arts Hub, a Victrack Community Vacant Use Program project - $430.000 spent to refurbish and restore the station ahead of community use and ownership

Speakers included Mayor Christine Henderson on behalf of Mount Alexander Shire…

...and local labor MP, Maree Edwards

…and local labor MP, Maree Edwards

OPening of the Newstead Arts Hub, a Victrack Community Vacant Use Program project - $430.000 spent to refurbish and restore the station ahead of community use and ownership

Hooray!

Marcus provided music at the opening

Marcus providing music as visitors viewed the exhibition

Maritsa and Sally

Maritsa and Sally signing up new Friends of the Arts Hub

An inspiring beginning to this new chapter in the cultural life of Newstead

An inspiring celebration of this new chapter in the cultural life of Newstead

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