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 April 8th 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 conservation activity, probably mulching, at this time of year.

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.

 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

First prize is $400, second prize is $300 and there is a Junior (under 18 years) prize of $200
There were sixty wonderful entries, making choosing winners so difficult that the organisers obtained a donation of $200 from Jas Stephens and will be awarding a number of Extra Prizes

Click on these links below to view the Flyer and the current Program

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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