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, skateboarding, kayaking, and boating are popular local activities.
Newport Lakes Park is a bushland oasis created from a former bluestone 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 riverfront, 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 is well serviced by public transport, with the Newport bus interchange and both the Williamstown and Werribee Metro rail lines. A 200 space carpark is located along Market Street for commuters. Melbourne Road connects directly to the West Gate Freeway and Footscray to the north and Williamstown to the south, whilst Mason Street and Blackshaws Road provide a direct path west. The NightRider bus service operates from the city to Newport in the early hours, departing every 30 minutes from 1.30am Saturday and Sunday mornings.
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). Schools include Newport Gardens Primary School (formerly Hobsons Bay), Newport lakes Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and Bayside Secondary College. 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)
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