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

Next Event

Come along and help with our Conservation Activity on Sunday February11th 2018
  • Time: 10.00 am to 12 noon
  • Where: Meet in the car park off Lakes Drive, Newport. Mel 55 G3 

      This will be a walk through the park led by the Rangers who will be talking about flora and fauna and the effect of new developments in the area. Weeding and rubbish gathering can be done along the way.

FoNL has been active for 21 years!!

Join our Celebrations in the Park 

on Sunday 22 April 2018

It should be a great afternoon so put in in your diary now!

There will be a  BYO-everything Family Picnic in the Arboretum from 12 noon.

Anticipated activities and entertainment include:

A Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

Live musical entertainment from local choirs and musical ensembles

A photographic display of the work done by the Friends Group and
Historical photos of the development of the park

Stimulating activities for children (bring your mobile phone)

Some interesting speeches

Provision of copies of the Yalukit-Willam booklet the history of
the first people in the Newport area
(To see a PDF of this booklet click here)

And displaying the entries and awarding the prizes for our:

Wonders of Newport Lakes Park 
Photographic Competition
Friends of Newport Lakes, with the assistance of the Williamstown Camera are running a photo competition to highlight our wonderful reserve.
You have until midnight March 14, 2018 to enter photos of the flora, fauna or landscape of Newport Lakes Park. This means that you will have the chance to catch Newport Lakes Park and its birds and wildlife across a few seasons. There is a limit of two entries per person so send us your best shots!
First prize is $400, second prize is $300 and there is a Junior (under 18 years) prize of $200.
You can download the Competition Rules and Entry Form  or see the colourful Brochure here by clicking these links.
For further information please call Lorraine on 043 830 7002

The Results of our Survey on the role of FoNL and how to Celebrate out 21 st Birthday are now available.
Thanks to everyone who participated.
Click on the links below to read what people thought:

2018 Working Bee Calendar

The dates for the 2018 Working Bees have been confirmed and details are available here.       

  • Feb 11: Walk ,talk and gawk - bird and plant life
  • March 4: Clean-up Australia Day (9.30 -11.30)
  • April 8: Conservation activity
  • May 13: Planting Activity - Mothers' Day
  • June 10: Planting Activity
  • July 8: Planting Activity
  • August 12: Pruning Activity
  • September 9: Conservation Activity
  • October: End of year HBCC event
  • November 11: Conservation Activity
  • December: End of Year Get Together for members

Updated Resource Booklet - 

          Birds of Newport Lakes

An up-dated copy (now also covering 2017 sightings)is available at our working bees and there is a copy at the Newport Lakes Native Nursery for park visitors to consult if they have seen a bird they can't identify.

Update on Night-life Project:

FoNL Member Carolyn Dean has taken on the task of placing the night camera in the park. Thanks Carolyn and good luck with it. Carolyn is also going to document the presence of cats in the park at night.


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