This month marks the 8th anniversary of the fire which destroyed the historical Diggers Rest Hotel.
Since the 2008 fire, the hotel has remained in ruins and despite the desperate community outcry, very little has been done to rehabilitate the site.
In the lead up to the Melton City Council election, some Watts Ward candidates have pledged to tackle the long running issue head on.
This is welcome news for the township of Diggers Rest which is currently experiencing exceptional growth.
The former hotel, now in ruins is situated at the entry of the township and is considered an eyesore by many locals and off putting for prospective home buyers looking to call Diggers Rest their home.
Whilst the community remains divided over the future of the site, the idea that some candidates are prepared to prioritise the hotel as part of their election platform, brings a level of optimism back into the community.
It won’t take long to discover that everyone is talking about personal security and property protection.
Diggers Rest residents will host a crime prevention forum in the coming week with the idea of establishing a Neighbourhood Watch type program for the township.
Electrical and Security Services business, NovaTech offer a range of home and business security packages. These include, movement sensors, day and night vision cameras, visual deterrents such as security lighting and automated intrusion reporting.
What’s more, NovaTech is a locally owned business specialising in domestic and commercial security solutions and is a registered electrical contractor.
Technology is always advancing, NovaTech can provide all your security needs.
Today, avid property buyers queued to secure their slice of paradise in the growing Diggers Rest Bloomdale Estate.
The early release of Stage 19 had lots starting from $162,900.
Stephen Gochman, new home consultant for Simonds Homes provided prospective buyers with a range of early bird deals, whilst Emma Bailey, sales consultant for Bright Homes Constructions (bhc) was praised for her exceptional one-on-one service.
Carmen and Philip Edwards, are soon to call Diggers Rest home after snapping up their piece of soil in the first come, first served sales frenzy.
Lots in the “Paddock Release” are expected to be titled in May 2017.
Western suburbs community organisation Community Against Crime (CAC), has developed a program designed to help reduce crime.
The program is an active network which sets out to communicate with residents about local crime related issues, exchanging information and working proactively with police.
In the fight against crime, this idea is an advancement on the traditional “Neighbourhood Watch” concept which has incorporated the use of CCTV and Smartphone technology.
“Help App” is a feature of CAC which uses the Global Positioning System (GPS). During a time of duress, the app systematically sends a 30 second video from your mobile phone to a monitoring station, this provides details of your current location and the monitoring station will attempt to contact authorities in your area to provide assistance.
CAC actively promotes the use of in-car camera systems as well as their purpose built “Hoon Cam Car”. This car is freely available to any community group, organisation or entire street provided the majority of neighbours are fully supportive.
For some time now the organisation has been interested in assisting Diggers Rest residents to establish a CAC network. It’s expected that a representative from CAC will attend the community safety meeting on September 16, 2016.
At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held last night, Melton City Council voted to extend the trial Snake Removal Program for a further 12 months.
The trial was considered effective and 25% of call-outs resulted in the removal and relocation of a snake.
In most cases, snakes were removed from within the areas of Burnside, Caroline Springs, Hillside and Ravenhall.
Councils decision to extend the trial will enable the program to be accessible over the coming warmer months which are traditionally notorious for snake activity as snakes come out of hibernation.
Although the weather conditions have been cold, some snake sightings close to Diggers Rest have already been reported.
Access to the free removal program is subject to conditions and may not be available to residents living on rural or semi-rural properties. It’s understood that industrial properties are not included in the program.
In light of the number of recent crime related issues in Diggers Rest, Melton Police Inspector Kathryn Rudkins will be visiting our town to discuss a Neighbourhood Watch Program and learn about other matters concerning residents.
The session has been organised at the request of the Neighbours Network and the topics will include, rights of home owners subject to home invasions, backyard exposure in undeveloped open areas and the rights of perpetrators.
This is the second time in just a few months that Melton Police have engaged with residents in Diggers Rest to discuss local crime related issues.
The discussion session will be held at the Diggers Rest Community Hall at 7:00pm, Friday September 16, 2016.