Community aims to grow partnership


Melton City Council in conjunction with Djerriwarrh Health Services are conducting the Community Partnership Program. The program enables community groups to undertake projects in partnership with other local community groups. Share skills, experiences and knowledge, and together create a new opportunity to benefit the whole community. Participation includes funding of up to $3,000 per project.

In November 2013, the Melton City Council called for expressions of interest regarding the former Sunbury Electrification compound and shed at the Stan Payne Reserve in Diggers Rest. Subsequently, a submission was made which outlined the potential to create a sustainable community garden, consisting of raised beds. The existing onsite shed could provide an excellent enclosure for storage of garden tools together with an area for general activities similar to those based on the successful Men’s Shed concept.

It would be disappointing to allow this quality building to become nothing more than another storage shed, potentially susceptible to vandalism and a general waste of community infrastructure.

Diggers Rest essentially lacks a community hub. The proposed location offers the an opportunity to develop vital links between residents and the wider community. The development of this site would help to encourage and strengthen local participation and build on social capital for Diggers Rest.

Overtime, the facility will require infrastructure consistent with the Men’s Shed concept. Grant funding and the development of a regular community market at the site should help to provide sustainable options for future growth.

I would seriously like to connect with like minded residents and community groups interested in converting this waste land into a productive resource for the people of Diggers Rest.

Its your call… Please contact me on 9740 1060.

Funds to display Houdini painting


Pictured from left to right: Cr Lara Carli, Jack Harris, Cr Bob Turner, Pamela Alan, David O’Connor, Cr Sophie Ramsey and Jim Byass.

Last night, the Diggers Rest History Project received $3,000 as part of the Melton City Council Community Funding Program.

These funds will provide a secure display cabinet for the “Houdini has landed” pastel artwork by local Sunbury artist, the late Barry Ackland.

It is anticipated that the artwork will be permanently displayed at the Diggers Rest Bowling Club or the Melton Library and Learning Hub.

The Diggers Rest History Project would like to thank the Melton City Council for a most enjoyable evening and for the opportunity to apply for grant funding.

Help give life to local projects

Over the years the local print media have been very supportive of Diggers Rest assisting residents with event promotions, highlighting community issues and reporting on the latest news and personal stories.

The Leader Local Grants initiative is just another way in which our community benefits. Today, is the closing day for voting, both Melton and Sunbury have a great selection of finalists all competing for the most votes to win a grant of $1,000.

You can help make things happen in your community. Follow the links below and vote for a project that you feel is worthy of a Local Leader Grant.


Eating disorders – Community awareness event


Eating disorders don’t discriminate.  They affect women and men from every culture, socioeconomic status, every community and at every stage of life. Left untreated eating disorders affect all aspects of a person’s life and are potentially life threatening. Recovery is possible, but support is critical.

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) is a not for profit organisation that provides a range of support and education services for anyone impacted by an eating disorder, including friends, family and health or education professionals.

EDV would like to invite the people living and working in the Melton Community to a free Community Awareness Event at the Melton Community Hall.

This workshop is designed to raise awareness and support people living with the significant mental health issues associated with an eating disorder, and highlight where to access help. The workshop is for the whole community, including individuals with an eating disorder, family & friends, teachers, students, health professionals, and community/youth workers.

When: Thursday 26th June
Time: 6:30 – 7:45pm

Location: Melton Community Hall, 232 High Street, Melton

Facilitator: Rachelle Allen, Education Coordinator, EDV

Register: or

For more information, phone 1300 550 236, or email
Please forward to any networks, friends, colleagues or add to your newsletter or noticeboards to spread the word.

We hope to see you there!

Felicia is hooked and ready to cook…


When salt water courses through one’s veins an opportunity for Felicia to take over and revamp Diggers Rest Take Away was one she was not going to let get away.

With over 10 years experience managing Kyneton’s famous Mermaids, Felicia knows how to bring the traditional style Fish and Chips we all love to the masses.

All fish is freshly cooked making sure you get the ultimate in your piscatorial experience and if that wasn’t enough she offers only the finest Burgers and Souvlakis made hot off the grill whilst you wait.

Diggers Rest Take Away is open from 10am to 8pm seven days a week, leaving you no excuse to not head down there and give it a go.

Diggers Rest Takeaway
27 Cradle Road
Diggers Rest
9740 1955

We wish Felicia and her staff all the very best with her new venture in Diggers Rest.

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Diggers Rest Primary School on YouTube

It’s all happening at the Diggers Rest Primary School. The move toward becoming internet and social media savvy has seen the recent launch of a facebook page and now a You Tube Channel.

Interest in the Diggers Rest Primary School is mounting as the small township of Diggers Rest is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.

The school offers a caring, family-friendly learning environment. The school has fabulous facilities which are the envy of other local schools. Set on a large allotment, the school has modern buildings surrounding a central courtyard. The school grounds and playing areas are extensive, attractive and well maintained.

We are proud of our school and wish the students, teachers and parents all the very best for the future. Well done.