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The Victorian Fisheries Department this week past released 70,000 Yellow Belly, fingerlings into the reservoir. With over 80% water level in the lake, and the Park fully booked for Easter, your catch is practically assured. Day trippers are welcome to use the boat ramp for a $5.00 fee and parking is free. Golden Perch are native to Australia and as can be seen in the photo opposite, can grow to enormous proportions.
Bring on Summer!
The moment we have all been dreaming of - the Lake is now full!!
It only took two days to go from 50% to 95%. This photo (kindly shared by Deanne) was taken Wednesday the 14th September after the area received over 100ml of rain!
The graph to the right shows the comparison to 2010 which is the last time the lake filled so quickly! Seems September is a good month for rain!
Our Social Club have been working hard behind the scenes to raise money to undertake some mini projects around the park. One such project is to make improvements to the area outside the kiosk.
The old bark chip and ragged garden were removed to make it compliant with our Fire Upgrades and a new concrete slab has been poured, cut and colored.
Next will be the building of rock-mesh walls, some new seating and possibly some shade cover down the track.
A huge thank you to Deb and Simone who have been the driving force behind this project, and to everyone who has helped out in getting the job done.
Special thanks goes to Mark Brumby who has donated materials and his time to get this job done. We are so happy with the work and cannot recommend Mark highly enough to anyone needing concreting done!
Stay tuned to see how this area turns out!
It is great to see the difference in water levels in just over 1 week (8 days!). The water is about 50m from the bottom of the ramp now.
The creeks and rivers leading to the lake are still flowing and it's raining again now which means the levels will continue to rise! Yay!!
We have been told 50% is a ski-able level - let's hope we reach that soon!
The prize winners were:
Wood raffle 1: Dawn Novak, 2: Lou Smith, 3: Dawn Novak
Laundry Powder: Simone McKinlay.
Royal Trivia: Kelli Johnston.
Silent Auction: Michelle Aldridge (Will 1) and Lisa Farrugia (Will 2)
The breakdown of the fundraising is as follows:
Meal ticket sales $410.00
Wood Raffle Ticket sales $1,071.00
Laundry Powder raffle ticket sales $80.00
Silent Auction of the 2 Wills $230.00
Memorabilia Auction $165.00
Bus ticket sales $33 after expenses taken out
Last but not least the 4 horse race $275
Total amount raised: $2,264.00
We are very excited to announce that we have two fundraising ventures going at the park at the moment.
The first is a meal and night of entertainment at one of our local pubs - The Newstead Crown Hotel. This will take place on Saturday the 21st of May. Please see the flyer for more information. ---->
The second is a raffle with 3 chances to win a trailer load of wood. The tickets are available for sale from the park and are $2 each or 3 for $5. This will be drawn on Saturday the 21st of May.
Please help our park by supporting these fundraising ventures.
Good Friday Appeal
Thank you to the Newstead CFA who called through the Park collecting for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Those in the park at the time gave generously and helped the CFA beat last years total with an excess of $2500 collected in the local area. Well done everyone!
Easter Egg Hunt
A huge thank you to Tony and family for organising our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday morning. The hunt kicked off at 9am and the squeals and shouts of the children as they found the eggs was just wonderful to hear.
It was a great way to kick off a beautiful day.
Easter at Welshies!
With Easter just around the corner why not come along and join in our Annual Easter Egg Hunt which will take place on Sunday March 27th.
The Egg Hunt will be held outside the old kiosk and will kick off at 9am.
All ages are welcome and children will need to bring along their own basket.
We will also be having the Newstead CFA collecting for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday appeal on Friday March the 25th. Please help us support this very worthy cause.
Last year our region raised $1945 and it would be great to see if we can beat that this year!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.
We have had another amazing year, with so much work being done to improve our park.
This would not be possible without the support of our members, guests and their families so Thank You!
We are looking forward to what 2016 will bring with lot of work planned to improve our little piece of paradise.
Stay tuned and keep up the hard work!
Your Committee of Management.
Would you like to become a member of our club without having to purchase a van?
We now have an Associative Membership option.
This is perfect for those who would like yearly access to the park without having to pay the daily boat ramp fee.
It is also another very valuable source of income for our club, which is important as we are now heading into our major upgrade, which is to upgrade our sewage system.
For more information please email the Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org or download the Application Form from our web site under Documents.
Car Boot Sale
Working Bee Success
Extension of our Lease!
We are very pleased to announce that Goulburn-Murray Water has granted the Committee of Management an extension of our current lease. We have now been granted a 2 year lease from the 1st of July, 2015 to the 30th of June, 2017.
A representative from GMW said that we had "exceeded expectations!".
Congratulations to everyone involved. This would not have been possible without the tireless work of not only the committee, but everyone involved - annual site holders, campers, day visitors, our local communities, Facebook followers, everyone!
We thank you very much and look forward to a long partnership with you all! Stay tuned as we have no intention of stopping here!!