Burnt hotel dodges the wrecking ball


Residents wanting to retain the burnt out remains of the Diggers Rest Hotel should be celebrating this morning following the withdrawal of the application to demolish the hotel by the applicant. The planning application to demolish the remaining structure was lodged in December 2008 and a decision was expected at last nights ordinary meeting of Council.

According to Council documentation, the application received only 3 objections which included the Diggers Rest Residents Association. A petition in the form of 64 joint letters from residents supporting the demolition was presented to Council from the Cambridge, Coburn & Watts Residents Association.

The future of the hotel remains unknown.

A copy of the Agenda notice can be found via the following link:


Adopt a hydrant

Western Water together with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are asking residents to “adopt a hydrant”. This means that you can assist by keeping the fire hydrant nearest to your property clear of soil, grass and shrubs.

Vehicles should also be kept clear of a hydrant so the fire authorities can access it in an emergency.

More information can be found via the following link:

Youth party, 25 years on…


Diggers Rest most certainly rocked last night as former youth group patrons celebrated their 25 year reunion. Event organisers Natasha Schulz, Caroline Jones and Alex Jinks were pleased with the turnout and hoped that everyone enjoyed the night.

Most of the party goers grew up in Diggers Rest and the event provided an opportunity to catch up with old friends, some who hadn’t seen each other for the past 25 years.

More images available via facebook:

Funds net another site


The Diggers Rest Residents Association Inc recently received funding from the 2014 Community Benefit Program to establish a township website for Diggers Rest.

The Community Benefit Grant Program provides funding to community groups and organisations to support those leading projects and initiatives with a community benefit. The Collingwood Football Club, through The Club at Caroline Springs has partnered with Melton City Council, to provide grants to community groups within the City of Melton.

Just like Diggers Rest Community Web Links (DiggersRest.com), the new website plans to offer all community groups and businesses the opportunity to be involved.

Residents are being invited to submit an expression of interest to join the Web Management Group.

Carols in the Courtyard

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Each year the Diggers Rest Primary School host a Community Carols by Candlelight and this year is no exception. Plans are well underway to transform the courtyard into a Christmas Wonderland.

The event is scheduled to take place on December 17 and promises to provide some exciting entertainment for everyone to enjoy.