Council election 2016

Ten candidates have nominated for Watts Ward in the City of Melton 2016 Victorian Local Government elections.

One of our current serving Councillors have nominated for re-election in a different ward.

The township of Diggers Rest within the City of Melton is represented by Watts Ward, whilst the area of Diggers Rest in the City of Hume is represented by Jacksons Creek Ward.

Use the following links to the VEC website if you’d like to learn more about the candidates.

http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/MeltonElection/Candidates/

http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/HumeElection/Candidates/

Don’t worry, you’ll not need to attend a polling place. Most Council elections are achieved through postal ballots.

Mail out of ballot packs are expected to begin on October 4, 2016.

Although the official election day is October 22, 2016, completed ballot papers must be returned no later than Friday October 21, 2016.

Ballot packs will include a 200 word statement from each candidate to help with your voting decision.

Residents and ratepayers are required to vote in Council elections. If you are registered to vote on the electoral roll, then voting is compulsory.

For more information on elections please visit the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).
http://www.vec.vic.gov.au

Security, it’s the talk of the town

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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.

So, visit their facebook page or give Daniel Duncan a call on 0431 211 552.
http://www.facebook.com/NovaTechElec

Info session to draw new recruits


There’s never been a better time to join our local fire brigade and become part of
the Country Fire Authority.

The Diggers Rest Fire Brigade was established in 1969 and has grown to be an important component of our community spirit.

Volunteers are currently needed for both firefighting and non firefighting roles.

If you’re looking to make a difference and meet new people, here’s your chance.

An information night will be held on Monday September 12, 2016 at the Fire Station, Plumpton Road, Diggers Rest, starting at 7:00pm.

Use the following link for additional information:
http://www.facebook.com/DiggersCFA

Buyers jump at Paddock Release

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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.

Neighbourhood crime crackdown

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Image courtesy: Nat King Photography

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.

For additional information, checkout the following link:
http://www.communityagainstcrime.org.au

Free snake removal program, renewed

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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.

Residents should be mindful of the types of landscaping and vegetation which typically attract snakes. Use the following link to download a fact sheet produced by Zoos Victoria, entitled “Snakes around the home”
http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2006/snakes-around-the-home.pdf

Requests for a snake catcher by residents will only be responded to if the snake is clearly visible and the property owner provides authorisation to remove the snake.

For more information, or to report a snake, call Council on 9747 7200.

Residents seek local Police talks

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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.

Call on youth to be heard

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Despite all good intentions, for some time now Melton City Council has not successfully delivered on youth engagement in Diggers Rest.

Unfortunately, many residents aged 12 to 25 are disenfranchised from Council based activities and programs. Most secondary school aged residents living in Diggers Rest attend school outside the Melton municipality. The township of Diggers Rest has no direct transport links to its municipal central business district.

Melton Youth Services offer a range of quality youth specific programs through the Melton Youth Centre, Barries Road, Melton and Taylors Hill Youth and Community Centre, Calder Park Drive, Taylors Hill.

Melton Youth Services are seeking feedback from young people to help shape services and programs to meet the needs of young people in our local community.

An online survey is currently available for young people aged 12 to 25 living within the Melton municipality. This is an ideal opportunity for young people to have a say about what services, programs and events they would like to see on offer.

Use the following link to participate in the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COMYS

It’s understood the survey will be active until September 6, 2016.

Flying high, that’s our Lydia

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Tonight, a number of Diggers Rest residents attended a special screening of the feature documentary “The will to fly”.

Melton City Council organised the event which took place at Reading Cinemas, Woodgrove Shopping Centre in Melton.

Following the movie, Australian Olympic freestyle skier and gold medalist, Lydia Lassila took questions from cinema patrons.

The full feature presentation provides an astonishing background into the childhood dreams of one very determined Olympic athlete.

Her competitive nature and will to succeed is sure to inspire others to achieve great things.

Follow Lydia via her website:
http://lydialassila.com.au/

New Captain for Diggers Rest CFA

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The Diggers Rest Fire Brigade has recently appointed a new Captain to replace outgoing captain of 7 years, Luke Hynes.

Tim Welshe officially took on the Captaincy role on July 1, 2016. Tim has been part of the Diggers Rest team since 2002, after joining the CFA in March 1997 at Caroline Springs/Sydenham.

Tim’s love of the fire service began at the age of 14 after his family purchased an old fire truck to restore. His passion for restoring vintage fire vehicles and accessories continues, primarily specialising in aviation fire fighting equipment and memorabilia.

Tim admits that he has “big shoes to fill” at Diggers Rest following in the footsteps of previous Captains, Luke Hynes and Robin Bootle.

We wish Tim well in his new role and take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Captain Luke Hynes.