It was used as a holding yard for cattle and sheep from Newmarket Saleyards for the Abattoir owned by William Angliss. The land has been restored to contain the natural waterholes that existed here before white settlement and it is now preserved as a natural wetlands park. Landscape architect Dr. Jill Orr-Young did the initial landscape design in 1980's. Friends of Newell's Paddock was formed in 2014.
Two immature black-winged stilts spotted near the Heavenly Queen Temple, Footscray. The red color of the water was caused by the reflection of orange plastic safety fences installed around the pond by Regional Rail Link
The three eggs (Observation #7855, December 2, 2012) have hatched. The chicks were spotted near the Heavenly Queen Temple, Footscray, where the Regional Rail Links is being constructed.Very well camouflaged.