This event is in conjunction with the Friends of Newport Lakes and is an informational tour to let people know about the birds and plants of the reserve.
Newport Lakes is a rare and important reserve, a bushland oasis, created from a former bluestone (basalt) quarry and rubbish tip, where indigenous animals and plants manage to thrive, in the heart of our ever-expanding city. The reserve is 33 hectares in size and is a great place to have a picnic with family and friends, a picturesque run or just relax in a tranquil setting. The reserve is now home to more than 200 plant species and 85 bird species.
This event is designed to enthuse and educate people about the conservation and biodiversity values of our open spaces.
Friends of Newport Lakes (FoNL) was formed in 1997 to promote the welfare of Newport Lakes. Hobson’s Bay City Council remains the major initiator, funder, and manager of the reserve but it encourages and responds to input from FoNL, the local community, and reserve users. We liaise with the rangers, ward councillors, and other areas of the HBCC, as appropriate, to exchange information or provide input into plans, projects, or decisions impacting the reserve or to initiate or lobby for activities and funding that benefit the reserve.