SEP – Info Session

It was pleasing to see that Diggers Rest residents welcomed the “Sunbury Electrification Project” information session held last night.  Department of Transport (DOT) officials were only too eager to answer questions and allow feedback to the project.  Whilst there seemed to be little “anti-electrification” banter, many residents were concerned about the potential traffic issues that the “Park-n-Ride” facility could create.

Members from the DOT indicated that the plans were subject to a future traffic analysis of the township, in which many residents expressed an interest to be involved.

An electronic version (pdf) of the information display boards is available for download via the following link: http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2009/doc-09-163885.pdf (8.5mb)

An electronic version (pdf) of the feedback form is available for download via the following link:http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2009/sep-feedback.pdf (119kb)

Special Council Meeting – UGB

At a Special Meeting of the Melton Shire Council scheduled to commence at 5:00pm Monday July 13th 2009, council will determine a position on the proposed changes to the Urban Growth Boundary recently announced by the State Government.  Some of the recommendations contained within the report that will affect Diggers Rest are available via the following link http://www.diggersrest.com/ugb/

It is recommended that Council adopt the (draft) submission and submit it to the State Government.  Any residents interested in making comments about these recommendations should email ward councillors councillors@melton.vic.gov.au no later than 12:00 midday Monday July 13th 2009.

Melbourne @ 5 Million – Update

The Minister, the Hon. Justin Madden has launched the draft UGB, and with the other relevant Ministers, alignments for road and rail projects in the Growth Areas, management areas for grasslands in Melbourne’s west and other biodiversity matters.

The public and community have been invited to make submissions on the proposed changes to Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) flagged last December in the Brumby Labor Government’s Melbourne @ 5 Million strategy. View press release

Public comment is also invited on the proposed route of a new road highway in Melbourne’s growing outer northern and western suburbs.  View press release

announced Wednesday, 17 June 2009.

For further details: http://www.vic.gov.au/planningmelbourne

New Maps on Display

It was pleasing to see locals (which included members of the Diggers Rest Directions Group and representation from the newly formed Taxed-Out Group) eager to learn more about what was proposed for the township attend the “Proposed Changes to the Urban Growth Boundary Information Night” held at Diggers Rest, last night.

The organisers (Diggers Rest Residents Association) did a great job of setting out maps on tables in an exhibition style setting and allowing visitors the opportunity to discuss future plans with the Melton Shire Council planning manager Mr. Luke Shannon or individually amongst themselves over a cup of tea or coffee.

Many residents still remain confused about the “Proposed Changes to the Urban Growth Boundary” due to what seems to be a “lack of public consultation” by the authorities.  Residents however, felt that the meeting last night fell short of addressing their real fears with Diggers Rest becoming “factory fodder” and concerns about the containment of urban sprawl.

Residents still have an opportunity to make a submission to the Growth Areas Authority, submissions must be received no later than July 17th 2009.

For further information please visit http://www.vic.gov.au/planningmelbourne

Sunbury Electrification Project

As part of the Sunbury Electrification Project, proposed upgrades to the Diggers Rest Railway Station will include inbound and outbound platform extensions, an additional 500 to 550 car spaces, (approximately 400 between School Lane and the rail line and an additional 150 spaces beyond the existing spaces between Coimadai Road and the rail line). This should provide a Major Commuter Park & Ride Facility for Diggers Rest with easy access from the Calder Freeway and Sunbury via Vineyard Road.

In addition, upgrades are to include proposed train radio base station, level crossing upgrade, CCTV security cameras, secure lighting, duress alarms, refurbished toilets, waiting rooms, increased platform shelter, additional platform seats and rubbish bins, new passenger information displays showing arrival time information, improved timetable information, new clocks installed along platforms, improved station & platform lighting, booking office facilities, DDA compliant access and with more frequent and extended train services.

Department of Transport are conducting information sessions in Diggers Rest & Sunbury, use the following link for more information.

http://www4.transport.vic.gov.au/vtp/news/info.html