Diggers Rest Country Festival 2011

Great News!!

The Diggers Rest Community Events Committee together with Melton Shire Council is holding the Diggers Rest Country Festival on Saturday 2 April 2011.

The Festival will take place from 12pm to 8.30pm at Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve, Plumpton Road, Diggers Rest.
(Mel Way Ref 351 K3 )

The day will offer a celebration consisting of children and youth activities and entertainment, auto show and shine, country performers and a spectacular evening fireworks display.

Planned activities will include the CFA Running teams, Horse Shoe Throw, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Guess the Weight of the Pig, Buskers, Sunbury Street Surfer, Tullamarine Live Steam Society, Tug ‘O’ War, Melton Model Aircraft, Animal Farm, Cricket and Football Clinics, Sack Races, Horse and Cart Rides, Food Stalls, Art Show, Horse Shoeing Demos, Model Train Show, Gisborne Vintage Machinery Society, Cooking and Baking Competition and more…

Featured performances by The Red Jane Show & Cam Henderson The 43 year old builder and runner up in 2010 ‘Australia Got Talent’ television series will perform original songs from his debut album and more…

More details to come soon…. http://www.diggersfestival.com.au/

Castaway Kids

Residents of Diggers Rest, a town of about 2,500 people 30 kilometres from Melbourne, learned through a newspaper article that a number of unaccompanied child asylum seekers were to move into their neighbourhood. The revelation led to various concerns and a community meeting was called; 60 residents attended. The residents’ initial concern – similar to that expressed by many in Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, where 400 asylum seekers were relocated in December – was the lack of information.

The Diggers Rest locals say they were not told how many asylum seeker children were set to move to the community. They also feared that the children would, in time, bring their families to the town and that the incoming residents would put a strain on community resources. In the end, the eight unaccompanied minors did not move into Diggers Rest.


Residents of Diggers Rest talk about their concerns about the prospect of child asylum seekers moving into their community.