Walkers in Newport

Walkers in Newport


It’s Outdoors Month and what better way to take advantage of the great outdoors than by enjoying a stroll along one of our back roads or through one of the many public parks in Giles! Friends also make those walks enjoyable! Did you know we have multiple walking groups in Giles? The Walkers in Newport share a weekly update and have virtual walks all over the world. Here is a recent update from the group, plus contact information below if you’d like to contribute miles to the journey!


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An informal group of “Walkers in Newport” met on January 1, 2014 with a goal of recording their individual walking miles and using those miles to simulate walking to other Newports in this country and abroad.   Individual miles have been reported weekly and the aggregate miles are totaled.  We are a blend of old timers and new comers who share the common denominator of walking.  Our updates also include a “Walk through local history”.  We have “visited” or “re-visited” over 100 different Newports.


Any and all individuals are welcomed to participate and can walk anywhere at any time.  Ages ranging from 3 years to 90 plus years have shared steps. Learn more by contacting Doug Martin at pmartin@pemtel.net. Sponsored by the Newport Ruritan Club.


For the week of May7-13, 2018

  • Over 563 miles 5/7/2018 – 5/13/2018
  • Over 12,095 miles in 2018
  • 99,356+ miles beginning 1/1/2014
  • 45 participating walkers this week


Our local efforts


An old cliché is “To stop and smell the roses”.  Strolls around our local communities offer opportunities to enjoy our wild flowers and a number of individuals and families also maintain flower gardens that are special attractions and some may have heirloom flowers that have welcomed our seasons for many years.  Walk quietly as some flowers (poppies) may be in prayer – while others are listening to “Jack in Pulpit”.




We have “arrived” in Newport, Australia (Victoria) and received a warm welcome. I am sending one of our “Newport Shirts” and a CD from our own Cody Atkins for their “Fiddle and Fork” Celebration coming up.


Newport is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 7 km south-west of Melbourne’s Central Business District, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. Newport recorded a population of 12,916 at the 2016 Census.  Newport is approximately 10 minutes by car from Melbourne via the West Gate Freeway or a 20-minute train journey from Flinders Street Station.




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.


Your steps are greatly appreciated was we approach the 100,000 milestone and travel to another Newport, Australia in Sydney.



Happy trails.

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