Welcome to the Website of the
Friends of Newport Lakes
We hope you enjoy learning about this beautiful park and the work of the Friends of Newport Lakes.
We welcome feedback on the Website and any suggestions you have for improving it.
Click on Around the Park in the Menu Column to find pages describing what you will see in different parts of the park, for lists of birds, animals and plants and a map of the park.
1. What's On?
Next FoNL event:
Sunday October 13th, 2013 at 10 am: This will be a maintenance event with a range of activities to do, depending on what the Rangers think it is most important to do at this time of year.
Relax and chat over refreshments after working.
Meet in the carpark at 9.50 or follow the signs to the work site.
You may be wondering what is happening near the Kingham St Entrance, with all the heavy machinery moving in and many paths blocked.
This is an exciting drainage venture being undertaken by HBCC. Storm-water collected in new drains to be installed in Bruce St and Kingham St will flow into the lakes, adding fresh water to the lakes. As salinity is a major issue for the health of our lakes' ecosystem, schemes to bring rainwater into the lakes are extremely valuable. There will be pits and traps to minimize amount of rubbish reaching the lakes.
Friends of Newport Lakes AGM:
The AGM was well attended and Christine Weller was welcomed to the Committee. Frances Brennan retired and was thanked for her good work as a committee member.
Newport Fruit and Vege Swap: 10.30 to 1.30 in Paveys Park, 3rd Sunday of the month. Bring your excess produce to share and swap.
2. Recent sightings
Sharp-eyed regular walker, Geoff Wraight, recently saw a raptor in the park and snapped images on his i-phone. It has been identified as a Little Eagle, a species only rarely seen in the park.
For more of Geoff's photos, go to Photographs - Gallery 2
A Song Thrush has been singing joyfully in the north-east corner of the park recently. You will find it in the sunlit top of a tall tree.These birds are uncommon in Melbourne now.
Image downloaded from the web.
3. New works
The FoNL Committee and HBCC rangers are working on the design of a Thank You for NOT Feeding the Birds sign to be located near the stepping stones. This will be funded by money from the FoNL Gate-closing Contract with HBCC.