Library outpost launched in Diggers Rest

Yesterday, the new outpost Library Service for Diggers Rest residents was officially launched at the Community Information and Activities Day.The event was well attended with one of the highlights of the morning being a visit from Olympic freestyle skier Lydia Lassila.

Diggers Rest Primary School student Ninos, received a copy of Lydia’s book entitled ‘Jump’ for his drawing which was featured as part of the Diggers Rest History Project display at the Melton Library & Learning Hub.

The outpost library service will provide residents with an opportunity to join Melton Council’s library services, enable borrowing, renew, return items and collect holds from Diggers Rest.

For additional information, call Melton Library on 9747 5300

Former youth groupies plan reunion


From left to right: Tash Schulz, Alex Jinks and Caroline Jones.

Planning for the Diggers Rest Youth Group reunion is well underway.

The event is likely to be held in October or November this year.

Organisers, Tash Schulz and Caroline Jones (supported by Alex Jinks) are anticipating a good turn out to the event which promises to reflect the fun times that were had back in the day.

For additional information, visit the facebook group via the following link:

Bi-plane to hang on Council decision

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council scheduled for Tuesday April 29, Council will determine alternative options for the display of the Centenary of Flight Houdini model biplane.

The Melton Model Aircraft Association Inc have requested the model biplane be hung in the atrium of the Melton Library and Learning Hub and that relevant funding be included in the next Council budget toward the cost of hanging the model in the library.

According to the Council report, staff have some issues around potential vandalism and cleaning if the plane was hung in the atrium.

It is recommended that more time is made available to investigate additional options for the display of the plane which could include the Caroline Springs Library or the proposed Diggers Rest Community Centre expected to be built in 2018/19.

Free soil workshop in Melton


Starting with fertile soil: composting, worm farming and more

Healthy topsoil produces healthy plants. At this free workshop, learn how to use compost, worm castings and animal manure to grow your own healthy topsoil Book nowand reduce your landfill contribution at the same time.

Western Water and Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services are proud to host this free hand-on workshop presented by experienced gardener and educator Mariette Tuohey, co-ordinator of the Ashwood College Permaculture Food Garden.

Friday 9 May 2014, 10:30am – 12 noon
Melton at Heart Community Garden, 239 Station Road, Melton

Positions are limited and bookings are essential. Book now.

Debbie does Dallas, in Diggers?


The old Diggers Rest Automotive Garage has the locals talking once again… This iconic location has become a sought after backdrop and has also been used to make an x-rated video clip. The amateur clip runs for about 10 minutes and features a young couple getting hot and heavy, which almost ends with a bang nobody was expecting.

The link to the video has been withheld due to explicit content.

New Teatree release as land sells out at Bloomdale


With the first four releases at Bloomdale almost sold out, Investa Land has just launched the Teatree Release.

Offering a high proportion of medium and large lots, all Teatree properties are within walking distance of existing parklands, tennis and netball courts, football ovals, Diggers Rest Primary School and the Future Town Centre.

The release features 47 allotments that range in size from 336sq m to 780sq m and are priced from $161,500. House and land packages start from $322,200*. Construction is scheduled for April, with titles expected in September 2014.

According to Investa Land General Manager – Vic, Paul O’Brien, in addition to the existing amenity within Diggers Rest, Bloomdale will provide residents with major infrastructure upgrades, such as roads, community facilities, open spaces and a Future Town Centre.

“Bloomdale is well on track with its construction program, with roads, footpaths and street lights completed for the first two releases,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Site works have also commenced for Bloomdale’s Burrow and Peppercress releases, including the main community park, which will be a hub for Bloomdale residents.

“It’s a very exciting time, with the Teatree Release coming online, and buyers are really starting to see Bloomdale take shape.”

For more information, call 1300 656 011, visit or speak with a sales representative at the Bloomdale Land Sales Centre in Houdini Drive, Diggers Rest. The centre is open daily from 11am to 5pm.

Forums to help Sunbury decide

sunbury-cccYesterday, was the first of four scheduled public forums to provide the Sunbury out of Hume Community Consultative Committee (Sunbury CCC) with community feedback regarding the development of a new municipality for Sunbury.

The forum was facilitated by the committee chairperson, Amanda Millar MP (Member for Northern Victoria).

Nine appointed voluntary members make up the Sunbury CCC. Five members including two members from the local government advisory panel and the Minister for Local Government Tim Bull MP we in attendance.

Participants were given an opportunity to discuss and share ideas regarding the proposed boundaries for a new municipality. According to Amanda Millar, “others have raised the point of following similar boundaries” to those created as part of the new state seat of Sunbury, which includes the township of Diggers Rest and the new Bloomdale estate.

Through the consultation process, the committee will make recommendations on communities of interest, proposed boundaries, equitable distribution and division of assets and liabilities and transitional requirements.

The committee has until April 30, 2014 to provide its report to the local government Sunbury out of Hume review panel.

Residents can still provide feedback to the panel, additional information is available via the following link: