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

FoNL has been active for over 23 years with a mission to be at the  forefront of maintaining, protecting and promoting respect for the whole of Newport Lakes.

Influencing the future

Newport Lakes Open Space Development & Conservation Plan

In October of 2021, FoNL helped to 'future proof' Newport Lakes Reserve. Hobsons Bay City Council invited FoNL and the public to comment on the Newport Lakes Reserve Conservation and Development Plan. Developed in association with the Friends of Newport Lakes, this plan outlines environmental values and challenges and provides a ten year plan to protect and enhance the Reserve.

We have provided specific feedback to the Council regarding the plan in the documents linked below. We encourage all of our members to review this document to better understand our position across Councils proposed plans and the individual implementation points.

Friends of Newport Lakes Consultation Report

Detail Responses to Section 12 Implementation Items

You can review the full plan on the Hobson's Bay website using this link:
 Newport Lakes Reserve Conservation and Development Plan

23rd Annual General Meeting

A well-attended Zoom AGM was held on September 28th.  It was very pleasing that four new members stepped up to take places on the Committee. Presentations were made to foundation Life-Members Ron Bowman and Mary Burbidge who both retired after 24 years of serving on the Committee.

The 2021-22 Committee Members are:
  •      President: Gaye Witney
  •      Treasurer: Greg Hancock
  •      Secretary:  Ingrid Dodd
  •      Minute Secretary: Wendy Brooke
  •      Publicity Officer: Barbara Heggen
  •      Committee (Social Media): Gaida Saulitis
  •      Committee: Mluk Nehme
  •      Committee: Matt Shaw

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2022 Working Bee Calendar     

  • Feb 13: Walk ,talk and gawk - bird and plant life
  • March 6: Clean-up Australia Day (9.30 -11.30)
  • April 10: Conservation activity
  • May 9: Planting Activity - Mothers' Day
  • June 12: Planting Activity
  • July 10: Planting Activity
  • August 7: Conservation Activity
  • September 11: Conservation Activity
  • October: End of year HBCC event
  • November 13: Conservation Activity
  • December: End of Year Get Together for members

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Updated Resource Booklet: Birds of Newport Lakes

An up-dated copy (now also covering 2020 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.


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