No to safety barriers.

The positioning of the new Diggers Rest Early Learning Centre and Medical Centre has prompted calls from residents demanding the installation of safety barriers along Vineyard Road adjacent to the new complex.

Many residents feel uncomfortable with the possibility that a vehicle could easily leave the road and potentially collide with buildings.

Vineyard Road is a State Arterial Road controlled by VicRoads. Melton Council’s Engineering Services wrote to VicRoads in November regarding this issue.

Council have provided the following response from VicRoads.

“As you may appreciate, VicRoads receives many requests each year for the installation of safety barriers throughout Victoria. All requests are considered and evaluated on a state-wide basis with consideration given to factors such as the number and type of vehicles, number and type of roadside hazards, the historical safety record of the site and the implementation costs.

VicRoads has carried out a detailed investigation of the site, including a site inspection and a review of the crash history in the last five years ending 30 June 2017. It should be noted that safety barriers are primarily designed to protect the vehicle occupants from serious injury in the event of a collision with a hazard. Warrants for the use of safety barriers are based on the premise that they should only be installed if they will reduce the severity of potential crashes. That is, the consequences of an errant vehicle striking the hazard will be more severe than impacting the safety barrier itself. Safety barriers are hazards themselves, and impacts with them will generally result in at least property damage.

VicRoads’ assessment found that there are no significant roadside hazards present at this location, vehicles posed no obvious threat of ‘running’ off the road, and the delineation of the road is considered appropriate. In the context of the above, VicRoads does not consider installing safety barriers at this location at this time.

While VicRoads currently has no improvement proposals for this section of Vineyard Road, it will continue to monitor the safety and operation of the site to determine the need for any future improvements.”

Council’s Engineering Services have reviewed the VicRoads assessment and they have no objections given it aligns with the relevant Austroads guidelines associated with safety barriers.

Live local, buy local


It’s often said that buying local and supporting local traders helps to build a vibrant localised economy.

Diggers Rest is currently experiencing unprecedented growth, primarily due to the expanded Sunbury Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) which now includes the Diggers Rest township.

For many years Diggers Rest was unable to obtain an increase in population large enough to sustain some basic day-to-day services.

Although Diggers Rest is still constrained by the UGB, Airport overlay and Green Wedge, it now has the capacity to deliver a range of much need amenities for residents.

In recent weeks there has been considerable interest in promoting local business networks within the Diggers Rest catchment.

Unfortunately, Diggers Rest is not like other small townships and does not have a “main street”, community hub type location were locals can meet and greet.

Much of the focus is directed toward the emerging work from home, small office – home office culture which includes landscape gardeners, accountants, hairdressers, plumbers, electricians and the like.

Local resident Renee Edwards Creek has established a Facebook group to help engage directly with local business with the emphasis on thinking local first.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/1713802678630439/

The Diggers Rest Community Facebook Group has introduced a local business document, supporting local business as part of their group.
http://www.facebook.com/notes/diggers-rest-community-group/drcg-local-businesses/10159515969005504/

New scheme for first home help

The Andrews Labor Government today announced a new first home buyers scheme for struggling Victorians.

HomesVic, a share equity scheme will provide Government assistance of up to 25% of the initial home price.

The pilot scheme is open to 400 first home buyers who meet the eligibility criteria.

Areas where demand for housing is high, coupled with good access to employment, public transport and other services will be given priority.

Buyers will need to have 5% deposit and demonstrate yearly incomes of up to $75,000 for singles or up to $95,000 for couples or families.

The scheme is designed to give first home buyers struggling to buy their first home the start they need, enabling them to enter the market earlier by reducing the amount of money required for their home loan.

More information about HomesVic and to express an interest, use the following link:
https://www.vic.gov.au/affordablehousing/buying-a-house-in-victoria/homesvic.html

Diggers Liquor, grand opening

If you’ve been waiting for the new bottle shop to open, then wait no more.

This Thursday from 11:00am the new Diggers Liquor store will open it’s doors and be ready for business.

The store is part of Liquor Stax, a large group of family owned and operated community based hotels and bottle shops.

Liquor Stax pride themselves on offering their customers the most complete range of beer, wine, spirits and ready to drink’s at the best possible price.

Just in time for the Melbourne Cup carnival, the grand opening promises not to disappoint.

Be sure to join in on the festivities and grab some fine wines for the long weekend, at prices well worth bottling.

Diggers Liquor
29 Cradle Road,
Diggers Rest
8732 8328

Trading 7 Days a week 10:00am to 9:00pm
http://www.liquorstax.com.au

 

Tourist farms in high demand

There’s no doubt that Diggers Rest is slowly becoming the gateway to the Macedon Ranges.

Spread across the municipalities of Melton and Hume and separated by the Calder Freeway, Diggers Rest is ideally placed to offer tourists a unique place to stop.

Diggers Rest was once the resting place for gold miners making their way to the gold fields in the 1800’s.

Macedon Ranges is currently experiencing rapid growth in the tourism sector and Diggers Rest has an opportunity to share in this success.

It could be time to cash-in on the growing popularity of “Farm Stay” accommodation and adapt your rural country property to a family-focused, interactive holiday destination.

Downunder Farmstays is urgently looking for Farmstay hosts to help fill the growing demand for small acreage B&B hobby or working farms with animals within 1.5 hours of Kyneton and Ballarat.

The Farmstays are a rewarding experience for guests and the hosting family.

Get well paid to host student or family groups from the Asian region.

More information is available via the following link:
http://www.downunderfarmstays.com.au

No to live streaming

At the October Ordinary Meeting of Council, Cr. Melissa De Santis moved a motion that if accepted would allow Council to consider live streaming of Council meetings via a dedicated YouTube channel.

Councillors in support of the motion reinforced the need for Council to be engaged with the community.

According to the debate, live streaming would provide an opportunity to see Councillors at work.

It was acknowledged that the cost to provide the service is relatively small despite the proposed gains to the wider community, especially those who are unable to attend Council meetings.

Cr. De Santis made the point that that “many other Councils are getting digital and keeping up with the times”.

The motion was subsequently lost.

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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.