Tell us about yourself and how you got involved with the Newstead Arts Hub
From watching the great initiatives at the Arts Hub from a distance, I got involved a couple of years ago when the Hub was working through some issues and looking to develop a forward plan. The committee asked me to come and facilitate a couple of very interesting round-table discussions. So, when they called for new committee members in 2018, I put my hand up. I guess I just got hooked! I live in one of the many outliers around Newstead — in Green Gully. I've been here for around 15 years— a refugee from inner city Brunswick where I'd lived and run a cultural heritage consultancy for several decades. I loved the buzz of the inner city, but now I love the quiet and the space. At the time I was looking around for somewhere to live outside Melbourne, and started focusing on places not too far from Bendigo railway line. When I came to Newstead for the first time to look at a house, I just loved the drive through the bush, the historic look of Newstead and being on the edge of the vast volcanic landscapes of western Victoria. And after buying a lovely hand-crafted muddle in Green Gully, I discovered the Muckleford Fault - how good is all that geology for a clay person like me!