Newstead

Newstead is a town in Victoria, situated along the Loddon River about 15 kilometres west of Castlemaine. It is in the Mount Alexander Shire local government area and has a population of around 800.

Newstead has many festivals and folk events and is in the centre of the golden triangle, close to many tourist attractions and events.

The Loddon River that flows through the town has caused a levee bank to be built in 1912 which has stopped the town from flooding several times.

 

Water supply

The McCay system services the townships of Castlemaine (which includes Campbells Creek, Chewton, Fryerstown, Guildford and Harcourt) Elphinstone, Taradale, Maldon and Newstead.

Newstead is part of the Coliban System (Southern).

Raw water is sourced from the McCay Reservoir which has a capacity of around 1360 megalitres. The reservoir is located approximately 3.5 kilometres east of Chewton and is filled from the Malmsbury Reservoir via the Coliban Main Channel.

A trunk main from the McCay pipeline extends to McKenzies Hill where it branches to supply Newstead and Maldon.

For further water resource information on the Coliban System (Southern) see our monthly Water Summaries.

 

Water treatment

Raw water for the townships in this system is treated at the water treatment plant located at the McCay Reservoir.

The treatment process comprises microfiltration, flocculation, ozonation, pH correction, fluoridation and disinfection before storage in a 6 megalitre clearwater tank. The plant has a capacity to treat 18 megalitres a day.

Treated water is supplied to Campbells Creek via the McCay pipeline.

Full list of water treatment processes and added substances at out plants.

 

Projects, planned works and standpipes


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The standpipe on Tivey Street

 

Wastewater

 

Where does my sewage go?


Wastewater is collected from Castlemaine, Campbells Creek, Chewton, Harcourt, Newstead and Maldon and is delivered to the Water Reclamation Plant, located in Langslow Street on the west bank of Campbells Creek.

There are 155km of gravity mains and 3km of rising mains in the Castlemaine wastewater system.

The sewer systems for Castlemaine, Chewton and Campbells Creek were constructed in 1939.

The system also collects wastewater from commercial sites in accordance with trade waste agreements and consents. These businesses range in size from cafes to large industries such as Don KR, the local smallgoods manufacturer.

What happens at the water reclamation plant?

Water is treated through a series of processes including screening, biological nutrient removal, aeration, chemical dosing, clarification and UV disinfection.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence allows discharge of Class B reclaimed water to Campbells Creek. Around 5 to 10% of this water is provided to the Castlemaine Golf Club for irrigation and a small quantity is taken from a standpipe by local contractors for dust suppression and construction works.

Biosolids produced at Castlemaine are treated and then applied to land by farmers to derive the benefit from the associated nutrients.

The EPA licence specifies conditions for the management of emissions from the site including wastewater quality and odour.

 

Water restrictions

Permanent Water Saving Rules (PWSR) apply.

PWSR are a set of five common sense water rules that are in place at all times when water restrictions are not in force.

 

Standpipes

Tivey Street, Newstead (Google Map)

 

Pricing information

 

Currently our region is divided into two separate pricing districts: Central and Northern. Fixed charges remain the same across both pricing districts but customers in each district pay a different rate per kilolitre of water used.

Newstead is in our Central District which covers our Bendigo, Castlemaine and Kyneton areas, Pyramid Hill, Lockington and towns near the Loddon River.

For full details see our Pricing information page.

 

 

 

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