Paine Reserve, central Newport
|• Density||2,533/km2 (6,560/sq mi)|
|Area||5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)|
|Location||7.5 km (5 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Hobsons Bay|
Newport is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 7 km south-west of the Melbourne central business district, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. Newport had a population of 12,916 at the 2016 Census.
The Yalukit-willam people of the Boon-wurrung Country are the traditional owners of land known as Newport, with a well researched connection to the area beyond 30,000 years. First contact came with European sealers (1803–1834) and followed a pattern of violence typical across Australia at the time. In 1835 the arrival of John Batman saw a treaty established and a period of relative peace. However, despite this the plight of the Australian Aborigines was dire, as they were increasingly denied ownership and access to their lands.
European settlement began in Newport at what was then called Williamstown Junction around 1862, with a Telegraph Office and Post Office by 1869. It was renamed Newport in 1881. The Newport Railway Workshops played a key role in the development of the suburb, formerly the main workshops of the Victorian Railways. The workshops are just south of the Newport railway station. The Newport Power Station is another feature of the suburb, the chimney of which remains one of the tallest towers in Melbourne at 183 metres. The original coal-fired generators were replaced in 1981 with a single 500MW gas-fired generator and operates during peak-load periods.
Like many of Melbourne's inner suburbs, Newport is home to people of a diverse mix of ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. It has a Mosque, a Baptist church, Catholic schools, tattoo parlors, Asian and Italian restaurants, sports clubs, boutique wine bars and an RSL. It has 12 playgrounds within just 5 km2. 'The Substation' Community Arts centre provides a hub for local live music performances, art exhibitions, community events and the monthly artists market. The Newport Folk Festival is held each year in June. Major natural features of the suburb include the Newport Lakes, Greenwich Bay and the Sandy Point Conservation area. Fishing, bike-riding, skate-boarding, kayaking and boating are popular local activities.
Newport Lakes Park is a bushland oasis created from a former blustone quarry. The park is 33 hectares in size and has been extensively revegetated using native plants, with over 200 species of plants and 85 species of birds recorded here. The park has a picnic area, toilets, drinking taps and free electric barbecues. Dogs may be exercised in the Pavey's Park and Picnic Area, the north west area of the park and in the Arboretum.
Paisley Park is the major sporting park in Hobsons Bay and includes a gymnasium & swimming pool, golf course, premier league soccer facility, bowling club, badminton centre, miniature railway and lacrosse fields. It is located on the corner of Mason Street and Mills Street, Newport, and shares a boundary with Altona North.
Greenwich Reserve and The Strand are Newport's connection to the Bay. Mansions and modest apartments compete for uninterrupted views of the Melbourne CBD along The Strand, while Greenwich Reserve offers access to the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay via The Warmies Boat Ramp and includes a large picnic area, playground, baseball field and the Sandy Point Conservation Area. A sealed cycle track runs along the river front, which is also a popular fishing spot.
Bryan Martyn Oval is home to the Newport Digman Cricket Club, Newport Power junior football and netball club and includes the recently completed Bryan Martyn Pavilion. A children's playground is provided. It is located on Derwent Street, Newport.
Newport Park includes an athletics facility featuring an eight lane 400m running track, the Graham Morrish Pavilion with toilets, canteen and first aid rooms and the Newport Skate Park, which is the largest in Hobsons Bay and hosts regular 'skate clinics'. A children's playground is provided. It is located on the corner of The Strand and Douglas Parade, Newport.
Loft Reserve has 2 full size ovals, practice nets and a playground. It is located on Grieves Street, Newport.
Newport Bowls Club, located in Market Street, hosts both serious competition and barefoot bowling, clubhouse and bar.
- Route 432: Newport to Yarraville (via Altona Gate Shopping Centre)
- Route 471: Williamstown to Sunshine Station (via Newport and Altona Gate Shopping Centre)
- Route 472: Williamstown to Moonee Ponds (via Footscray)
- Route 944: City to Point Cook (Night Bus Service)
- The Bay Trail, a shared cycle track runs along the Yarra River from the West Gate Bridge through Newport to Williamstown, Altona Beach and on to Altona Meadows in the west.
- The Punt, a foot ferry across the Yarra for pedestrians and bicycles, operates between Scienceworks and Port Melbourne, travelling under the West Gate Bridge.
- Federation Trail, a 25 km dedicated cycle track, runs from Brooklyn to Werribee and is 5 km north of Newport connected by the Bay Trail and the partially complete extension from Brooklyn to Melbourne Rd.
Hobsons Bay Council operates two kindergartens in Newport, Home Road Kindergarten (44 Home Rd) and Newport Gardens Early Years Centre http://ngeyc.org.au/ (Corner of Rosshire Rd and Maddox Road Newport)
Victoria University maintains a campus in Newport, which focuses on automotive, metal fabrication, building and electrical trades. The Newport campus hosts the Centre for Curriculum Innovation and Development.
The Newport Maternal & Child Health Centre is located within the Newport Early Years Centre http://ngeyc.org.au/ (Corner of Rosshire Rd and Maddox Road Newport)
Formerly known as The Hobsons Bay Community Arts Centre, The Substation is a contemporary, community-based arts center located in the historic Newport substation building, adjacent to the Newport Railway Station on Market Street. Originally constructed in 1915 to convert electricity for the Victorian Railways, this massive neo-classical brick building had fallen into disrepair by the 1960s. Local residents embarked on the enormous task of restoring the building and converting it into a community arts facility and after 12 years of work it officially opened its doors to the public in 2008.
Regular events include the annual Substation Contemporary Art Prize, the Carpark Fiesta, the monthly Artists' Market, the Koori Night Market, children's theater, Westside Circus, dance classes, life-drawing, public forums, an art exhibition program across 5 gallery spaces and a diverse range of performance including cabaret, comedy, jazz and contemporary music.
Newport Folk Festival
Newport has a new mosque funded by the local Islamic community and designed by world-renowned architect Glenn Murcutt. It opened in 2016.
- City of Williamstown - Newport was previously within this former local government area.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Newport (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
- Gary Presland, The First Residents of Melbourne's Western Region, (revised edition), Harriland Press, 1997. ISBN 0-646-33150-7
- Batman's Treaty
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Hobsons Bay Council website
- Friends of Newport Lakes
- Bayfit Leisure Centre
- Hobsons Bay Council - Paisley Park
- Bay Trail, Bicycle Network Victoria
- Westgate Punt
- Federation Trail Archived 26 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- The Hobsons Bay Community Arts Centre
- The Substation History