A Digger at Rest

What Tombstone, Where?


During the excavations of the “Punjel Estate” in the early 1990’s, the remains of a digger from the gold rush days were found.

J.A Sanger was apparently sleeping under a stationary horse drawn carriage, he was crushed to death when a wheel gave way.

The tombstone (pictured above) was erected in his memory and is located in “Houdini Park” situated at the entrance of the Diggers Rest township.


Historic Hotel Gutted by Fire

On Wednesday the 29th of October 2008, at approximately 11:50 pm our local 157 year old hotel on the Old Calder Highway was gutted by fire.  Diggers Rest CFA along with about 55 fire-fighters from neighbouring regions battled the blaze, but were unsuccessful in saving the historic building.  The damage bill is estimated to be approximately one million dollars.

The Diggers Rest Hotel had been closed for two months prior to the fire due to renovations and was reported to re-open before Christmas.

Detectives from the Melton Crime Investigation Unit are investigating the fire and believe the circumstances to be suspicious.

Police are requesting assistance from the public.  If you or anybody at your residence might have observed any person, vehicle at the hotel around that time or have any other information that might be of assistance to this investigation, please contact Crime Stoppers on Freecall 1800 333 000

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6801 Youth Outreach Program

Did you know that Melton Shire Youth Services offers young people, parents and community members in Melton (including Diggers Rest) an after hours support service?

A highly visible van is is used to provide safe transport to young people who feel vulnerable or unsafe to walk alone or who cannot make it home any other way on Friday and Saturday evenings. The van has been painted in brightly coloured artwork to promote the work of the program to the community.

Areas targeted by the 6801 program include drug and alcohol information, safe transport, police liaison, emergency accommodation, housing support and community education programs.

6801 Youth Outreach workers can be contacted on 9743 6801 between 6:00pm to 12:30am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Further information and enquiries on the 6801 Youth Outreach program can be obtained by contacting Melton Shire Council’s Youth Services on 9747 7200.

Youth Alcohol Consumption

Perfect for Parents & guardians…

The Australian Drug Foundation will present a free information session on the consumption of alcohol by young people.  The session is planned for Tuesday October 21st 2008 at 7:00pm and will focus on prevention strategies that will assist parents and guardians to help decrease the risk of alcohol related harm amongst young people.

Venue: Family Services Centre, Plumpton Road, Diggers Rest (Paula’s Place)

For mor details please contact Shae Coatsworth Melton Youth Services on 9747 7200

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Australian Drug Foundation

Safety Forum – 2008

October is Melton Community Safety Month

The next Melton Police & Community Consultative Committe (PCCC) meeting is scheduled to be held in Diggers Rest and the emphasis will focus on “Community Safety Month”.  In response to a range of community safety issues raised with both Council and Police, a Community Safety forum is planned for Tuesday, October 14th, 2008, commencing at 7:30pm in the Diggers Rest Community Hall at the Recreation Reserve, Plumpton Road, Diggers Rest.  This forum will provide opportunities for residents in Diggers Rest to raise and discuss community safety issues with Inspector Greg Payne and other senior Melton Police as well as Council representatives.

A representative from Melton Youth Services will provide a small presentation about some of the services available to youth within our Shire and in particular the well established “6801” program.

This can be an important step towards improving safety for the Diggers Rest community and as such, the more people that participate in the forum the better the overall outcomes for all.

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Animal Land Childrens Farm

Animal Land was originally established on 15th October 1985 .

Our Goals are to provide children a wonderful place to learn about farm animals.

Animal land has been specifically set up to give children that real hands on farming experience.Children can only learn so much in the class room. Here they get to scratch, feel, smell and hear all the experiences of life on a farm.
From the moment you arrive you will be treated with that friendly country welcome .

We started opening only in the last term of the year with a couple of kinders and schools. Now we have over 7500 visitors per annum. These include schools, kinders, playgoups, social groups, birthday parties, Christmas break ups and open days to the general public.

Over the years there has been a lot of changes and we have plans for more. Check out some of the old and new photos we have found in the photo gallery.

If you have any old animal land photos you would like to share with us drop us an email and we will include them.

190 Duncans Lane
Diggers Rest
9740 1345

Animal Land Website

Once Upon a Bottle Neck

In 1991 the township of Diggers Rest saw the beginning of much awaited local road network improvements which included the Calder Freeway bypass.

The original cost estimates for this project was $600,000 and formed part of the Federal Governments $36 million dollar plan to upgrade the Calder Highway between Melbourne and Bendigo.

With the construction of twin bridges, accident black spots like the Vineyard & Plumpton cross roads were eliminated.  Pedestrian safety within the township was greatly improved as non residential traffic was redirected around the township.  Areas within the vicinity of the Railway Station, The General Store, our Primary and Pre School benefited most from the bypass.

Through the “Community Consultative Committee” established by Vic Roads, residents were able to contribute to the landscaping plans which included noise reduction measures.  Almost 20,000 native trees and shrubs were planted as part of the project.

Today, the Calder Freeway still remains an integral freight and commuter corridor to the Northern and Central Victorian townships.


Youth Program

Melton Shire Council offer a youth program that operates every Monday afternoon during school terms from 4:30pm and is available to young people aged 12 to 18 who reside in Diggers Rest.  The program consists of drop in activities held at the Community Hall and excursions to various places.

The only cost for young people is for food on excursions.  Young people participating in the program are asked to follow a few guidlines which include no smoking, bullying, offensive behaviour/language and excercise mutual respect toward each other and Melton Shire Staff.

For further information please contact Youth Services on 9747 7200.