Upward trend continues

Despite the talk of an economic slowdown in the housing market, Diggers Rest continues to perform well providing potential home buyers with good life-style choices within walking distance of the railway station, Foodworks Supermarket, Pharmacy, Post Office and recreational sporting facilities.

Major shopping centres are located along the railway line, one stop in each direction.

The growing township offers easy access to the Calder Freeway which is supported by excellent public transport connections to the Melbourne CBD and Moonee Ponds via Niddrie.

According to local real estate agent LJ Whorlow, the median house price in Diggers Rest for June 2017 was $394,500.

The home auctioned yesterday at 5 Welcome Road sold for an impressive $554,000, a record price for any home offered for sale in Welcome Road.

Have your say – drop in session

The Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve will become an important connection between the established township of Diggers Rest and the developing communities of Bloomdale, St Genevieve and Alexander Park.

Melton City Council has recently undertaken a review of the 2007 Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve Master Plan which has seen a number of opportunities for residents and stakeholders to provide input to the overall revised Master Plan.

The revision will enable Council to identify future opportunities for the reserve, responding to sporting and community needs, improving access and usage of the active space.

Residents are encouraged to drop into the Diggers Rest Community Hall anytime from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday October 5, 2017 for an informal chat regarding the Master Plan.

Feedback regarding the Draft Master Plan Concept will be considered during the preparation of the Final Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve Master Plan inclusive of a prioritised implementation plan, cost estimates, potential funding opportunities and stakeholder responsibilities.

It is anticipated the Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve Master Plan will be finalised in October 2017.

“Keep Clear” welcomed

The Diggers Rest Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Study conducted in 2013 concluded that modifications to improve the safety and functionality of the Welcome Road and Diggers Rest – Coimadai Road intersection is required.

The permanent closure of Welcome Road to all traffic was identified as the ultimate solution in the coming years. As part of the 2017/18 budget, Melton Council has allocated funds to undertake interim treatment works involving the removal of right turn traffic into Welcome Road, therefore restricting vehicles from queuing back onto the railway crossing during peak times, which is considered a major safety concern.

Melton Council have confirmed that the proposed interim works will not be carried out this financial year. It’s understood that the interim treatment was not supported by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) as it results in changing the current bus service.

Council anticipates that the intersection will be reviewed again once PTV have undertaken a review of the Diggers Rest bus routes. The time frame of any review is unknown.

Meanwhile, Traffic & Transport Coordinator for the City of Melton, Kerry Walton will be seeking another review of the intersection for “Keep Clear” line markings based on the current growth in the surrounding area.

Okay, for shared pathway

Josh Bull (MP), member for Sunbury announced yesterday that the Victorian Government would fund the long awaited shared pathway joining Diggers Rest and Sunbury.

The $1.1 million dollar project will be funded through the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution Program (GAIC).

Diggers Rest is currently experiencing rapid growth and the need to provide safe connections for pedestrians and cyclists is paramount.

Hector Bugeja, a member of the Sunbury and Diggers Rest Bicycle Users Group, initiated the campaign for the shared path following the death of a cyclist at the location in 2015.

His efforts received strong support from the Bloomdale Estate Developers, the Cities of Melton and Hume, Josh Bull (MP) and the Community of Diggers Rest.

It’s expected that the pathway will be completed by late 2018.

Mr Bugeja praised the Bloomdale developers for their “innovative design approach for improving safety”.

He acknowledged their forward thinking to provide separated pathways for cyclists and pedestrians.

The new pathway should help encourage more residents to cycle or walk around their community.

Town puts its pets on parade

It looks as though it’s all going to be happening on Saturday September 23 at the Diggers Rest Recreational Reserve.

Despite the visible “No Dogs” signage, Melton City Council are supporting a new initiative developed by some local residents.

The Pet Show is scheduled to start at 11:00am and conclude at 1:00pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.

Registration is essential if you plan to enlist your family pet.

Best trick, best behaved and best pet and owner look alike competition are among the planned highlights.

With a jam-packed line up, the event promises to offer something for everyone.

These will include, talks on pet care, pet dental care, first-aid for pets and information about adopting a pet.

Milo Cricket, face painting, Bollywood Dance Workshop, other activities for kids and a sausage sizzle (Gold coin donation).

For additional information download a flyer using the following link:

Let there be lights

Many residents are extremely pleased to see the newly installed traffic lights at the intersection of Houdini Drive and Vineyard Road in Diggers Rest.

The lights are part of the infrastructure upgrades associated with the development of the Bloomdale housing estate.

Following a fatal collision at the intersection in October 2015, the developers worked to fast track the installation after local resident Jayleen Joury created an online petition.

According to Tom Lay, Traffic Engineer for the City of Melton, the new traffic signals are under the management of VicRoads.

It’s understood that Jemena is responsible for establishing power to the new lights, which may still take a couple of months to activate.

VicRoads design and compliance project manager for metro north west has confirmed that the main hold up is establishing power at the signal from Jemena.

“Once power and meter is connected by the power retail, VicRoads can safely install the controller box and switch on the signal”.

Meanwhile, Melton Council has advised that the intersection is still operating under traffic management and in the same fashion prior to the lights, under a reduced traffic speed.

Temporary street lighting is also in place to ensure the intersection is safe for drivers travelling through the area.

Jemena were contacted, however are yet to respond.

Trivia night fever

It’s on again!

The annual Diggers Rest Primary School Trivia Night will be held at the School Library on Saturday September 16, 2017.

An essential fundraising night for the school, the event has for the past few years, also helped to deliver ongoing social connections within our growing community.

Trivia rounds, raffle prizes and both silent and live auctions make for a fun packed “adults only” evening.

This year, it’s hoped that families will take advantage of the “Kids Night In” babysitting service.

Places are filling fast and booking is essential and tickets must be purchased by September 8, unless sold out.

Tickets are available by calling the school on 9740 1391 during business hours and costs $15.00 per person, maximum 10 per table, babysitting extra.

BYO drinks and snacks, hot food platters available for pre-order (see school office).

Some limited snacks will be offered for purchase on the night.

Doors open at 6:30pm for 7:00pm start.

No rest for home prices

Astute property buyers looking to secure a stake in our growing community are firmly focused on the forthcoming property auction scheduled for this coming Saturday.

Property prices in the established Fordville Estate in Diggers Rest have continued to flourish on the back of the Bloomdale and St Genevieve housing developments.

Despite the recent measures taken by the Victorian State Government to relax the pressure on the local housing market by investors, it seems that property prices remain strong.

With the Reserve Bank keeping interest rates to an all-time low, coupled with first home buyers taking advantage of the new stamp duty savings, home prices are expected to continue their upward trend.

Diggers Rest is fast becoming a sought after location offering the benefits of rural style living in an urban environment, close to thriving shopping facilities and community services.

Older style established homes with generous block sizes are still within the reach of those looking call Diggers Rest home.

This beautifully maintained home situated within walking distance to the train station, shops and near to the proposed town centre recently sold privately for $465,000.

Home security, Big Brother style

Residents in Tea Tree Street in the new estate of Bloomdale at Diggers Rest are concerned about increasing crime in their local area.

With the help of not for profit group Community Against Crime, these residents have come together to create what they term as “Australia’s safest Street”.

The concept was introduced at a community safety forum held in Diggers Rest late last year.

For many years, residents have not been comfortable with the level of police presence in their town.

According to a recent A Current Affair report, 18 cameras have been fitted to 5 properties along the street providing 24 hour continuous surveillance.

Although Diggers Rest has seen its fair share of crime related problems, overall it’s a quiet town with a well-connected and observant community.

The Tea Tree Street residents seem primarily concerned about the potential threat of home invasions and the violence associated with that type of crime.

It’s understood that each household pays an upfront sum of $400.00 to become a member of the network this provides 24 hour access to every camera on the street, an additional $150.00 is payable annually.

Melton City Council were keen to learn more about what a CCTV initiative for Diggers Rest would appear like. However, Council recognises that many questions remain unanswered around privately owned CCTV systems capturing the movement of residents through public open spaces and street scapes.

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De-sexing of cats

Currently 97 percent of cats registered in the City of Melton are de-sexed. The continuation of mandatory de-sexing of cats this will eventually reduce the impact cats have on our wildlife, the number of stray and feral cats in the wild, as well as lower euthanizing rates of cats.

As such, at the June ordinary meeting of Council, Melton City Council resolved not to register or renew the registration of any cat unless it has been de-sexed.

However, some special circumstances exist where cat owners may be exempt.

a. A cat that was registered prior to the 11 December 2011 and has continued to be registered with this Council

b. A cat that is owned by a person or body that conducts a Registered Domestic Animal Business, under which cats are breed and the cat is used for breeding purposes in connection with the business

c. A cat that is owned by a person who is a current member of an Applicable
Organisation, and the cat is registered with that organisation

d. A cat that is subject of written veterinary advise, which states that the health of the cat is liable to be significantly prejudiced if it is de-sexed.

For additional information, contact Melton City Council