Welcome to the Website of the

Friends of Newport Lakes

We hope you enjoy learning about the attractions and history of our beautiful urban lake and forest park.

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 Important Notice about FoNL Events                                If there is a Total Fire Ban on the day of a planned event, the Event will be Cancelled.We will try to let people know beforehand.

Next event: Conservation Activity   

  Meet in the car park by 10 am on Sunday November 13 to join in a conservation activity planned by the Rangers in the Arbotetum.

We will have our new Birds of Newport Lakes book available as a resource.

 Note: There is no Conservation Event at the park in October as the HBCC rangers take regular Friends helpers from across the city on an all-dayexcursion instead.

To check on future events, click this link for our 2016 calendar:


News Items:

Sustainability Expo at Louis Joel Centre: Committee members, Mary Burbidge and Jenny Allen, will give a presentation on 'Newport Lakes and Sustainability' on Thursday 13/10/16 at  1 pm. Click link for details.


Another new bird: An Olive-backed Oriole was heard and seen in the park on 7/10/16. It has been reported  once before, in 2009, but was a first for Mary Burbidge, number 131.

AGM: Our AGM was held on Tuesday August 16 at &.70 pm at 43 Mason St Newport. There was an interesting presentation on reptiles.  Jenny Allen  was welcomed to the Committee and retiring members, Christine and Geoff, were thanked for their contribution.

For more information, please click the link below.


A beautiful Haiku by Sue Wright has been added to the Writing and Articles page.

 An updated, electronic version of "Birds of Newport Lakes", our new resource book, will be added to this Website later in the year. Let us know if you have any suggestions for improving the book before we do our revisions.

The annual Newport Folk and Fiddle Bush Dance was held in the amphitheatre on Sunday April. The music, dancing, weather and friendly atmosphere were all most enjoyable.

A resource booklet, "Birds of Newport Lakes", has been produced by the Committee. It was launched at the December get-together. A copy will be brought along to our monthly events and the Rangers have a copy. There is a third copy at the Nursery for park visitors to consult if they have seen a bird they can't identify.

The HBCC drainage works in Bruce and Kingham streets are proving very helpful in bringing fresh water into the lakes and the storm-water from the excellent January 2016 rains has been a boon as the bore has been out of action.

Birds: Eastern Koel In Late December/early January 2016 an Eastern Koel, a large migratory cuckoo, was visiting the park and its loud Kooo-el could be heard ringing out. This is only the second visit reported over the years.

The 2015 Monthly Sightings List has been added to the Fauna List page. Go to: Around the Park/Flora and Fauna/Fauna Lists/Bird Lists

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