Centenary of Flight Celebrations

On 18 March 1910, Harry Houdini made the first controlled, powered sustained flight in Australia, at Digger’s Rest, Melbourne, Victoria.

March 2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of that famous flight. The Diggers Rest community in partnership with the Melton Shire Council and the Lions Club of Diggers Rest will host a range of commemorative activities:

Festival of Flight Commemoration Ceremony

Date: Thursday 18 March 2010
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Stan Payne Reserve, Old Calder Hwy, Diggers Rest

Houdini-Centenary Air Show

Date: Saturday 20th March 2010
Time: 9am-5pm, Air Show commencing 11am
Location: Melton Airfield, Coburns Rd, Melton.
Organised by Glyn Butchard
For more information visit http://www.centenaryairshow.com/

Festival of Flight

Date: Sunday 21 March 2010
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve, Plumpton Rd, Diggers Rest.

Further information visit: http://www.melton.vic.gov.au/houdini

Sunbury – Melton Bus Review

We have been made aware that the Department of Transport intend to make significant changes to the metropolitan bus service on route 483.  The service currently operates from Sunbury to Moonee Ponds Junction via Diggers Rest.

The proposed new truncated service will operate between Sunbury and Diggers Rest only.

Changes to this route will cause considerable disadvantage to those that currently rely on a means of transportation to employment destinations along the Calder Freeway, in particular the BP, McDonalds and KFC road side centres.

It would raise huge concern to residents living in Sunbury, Diggers Rest, Taylors Lakes, Taylors Hill in the event that public transport were to no longer service that employment node.

This proposal is most definately a disadvantage to the community of Diggers Rest.

From investigations to date, the formal community consultation phase for the Bus Review has finished and the Department of Transport will not take any further community comments or submissions.

However, as the Diggers Rest Residents Association (DRRA) was part of the formal community consultation phase, and according to the Department of Transport, we might be in a position to submit additional feedback to these concerns via the DRRA.

Meanwhile, the Bus Australia website forum offers some interesting dialogue on the topic.


If you have any concerns about these changes and would like any additional information, then please email mail@diggersrest.com or phone David O’Connor on 9740 1060.

A facebook support group has now been created “Save the 483 Bus Route”