We need you to vote for our Newstead project. Funding will go to the projects that get the most votes. There are around 150 projects across our region seeking funding (and 2500 across the state), so there is a lot of competition! You can vote for three different projects.  Voting closes at 5pm Monday 17 Sept 2018. Read our guide to voting below.

Background

Pick My Project is a new State government funding initiative. During June-July, Victorians were invited to propose a project that would benefit their community. Voting is now open on more than 2500 projects across Victoria.

The Newstead Railway Arts Hub project – Wasteland to Wellspring – proposes to create a vibrant sculptural garden at the Arts Hub to inspire our community and the arts. With the recent news from VicTrack and the Arts Salon on the restoration of the goods shed and conversion into arts-based workshops, this garden would convert the ‘wasteland’ around the station into a creative and beautiful entry to the precinct.

Now our community needs to vote to demonstrate that they are really behind the project. And, as we explain below, any Victorians over 16 can vote – so please ask your friends, relatives, colleagues – no matter where they live – to vote for our project.

Wasteland to Wellspring: a community art garden for Newstead’s Arts Hub

With VicTrack support, we now have a lovingly restored and well-used railway station building, but the surroundings remain an uninviting wasteland; muddy in winter, hot and unshaded in summer, inaccessible for wheelchairs and prams. Now, with lots of community input and working with the talented design team of Cassia and Anna Read, and a dedicated working group, we have created a garden design to inspire and connect our community. Funding through Pick My Project will enable us to realise our vision.

The design includes spaces for community celebration, cultural activities and quiet reflection. The garden will honour the many layers of our history – as Dja Dja Wurrung country through to today. And the garden will be a welcoming entry for locals and visitors alike into the evolving arts precinct at our railway station.

How to vote

The simple steps to voting are:

  • First register at https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au – you’ll need to register your name and contact details.
  • Then, put your pin at the centre of Newstead, and look at the projects in our region. Wasteland to Wellspring is our project – please pick this one!
  • You can create a short list of up to 6 projects as you look around at the different projects in our region.
  • You need to vote for three projects, and you can’t give your three votes to the one project. Each vote is equal.
  • Then, when you are ready, you can vote for three projects. Once your vote is in you can’t change it, so take your time!

Invite your neighbours, friends and relative to vote for our project as well. They can vote for projects in Newstead and our region no matter where they live in Victoria.

And if you need help to register or vote, please let us know as we want to make sure everyone in our community can vote on this great project: Call Geoff on 0418 138 632 or Chris on 5476 2457 and we will help you lodge your vote in another way.