Charred remains still a mystery

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It’s almost 8 years since the fire which destroyed the Diggers Rest Hotel.

On the morning of October 30, 2008 the community of Diggers Rest woke to find the historical hotel built in 1854 still smouldering and under police supervision.

According to the Sunbury Leader Newspaper only days before the fire, “The Diggers Rest Hotel has been closed for two months for renovations. Licensee Brett Commisso said it would reopen before Christmas”.

It is understood that prior to the fire, the Environment Protection Agency had issued a clean-up notice and a requirement for the Hotel to connect their waste water system to the sewer network.

Although the Diggers Rest Hotel is not heritage listed, it is protected by heritage overlay within the Melton Planning Scheme.

The Heritage Overlay was first applied to the Hotel by Amendment C73, which came into effect on 17 April 2008 and gave statutory protection on an interim basis.

Amendment C71, gave permanent heritage controls to the Diggers Rest Hotel which came into effect on 26 August 2010 (almost 2 years after the fire).

Despite strong support to see the hotel demolished and replaced with a new family focused hotel and bistro, a number of residents stood firm opposing the demolition in favour of its historical significance to Diggers Rest.

Today, the structure still stands at the entry to Diggers Rest, less a chimney or two.

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Stand for Council in 2016

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Seventy-eight Victorian Councils will hold elections in October 2016, this will include the Melton City Council.

We often hear that old cliché that “our elected representatives do nothing for us”.

Well, here’s your chance to stand for Council.

Local Council elections are held every four years on the forth Saturday in October.

The next general election for Local Government will be held on Saturday October 22, 2016.

By standing for Council, you will have the opportunity to work with your community, advocate and improve infrastructure and local amenity and build stronger and more engaged communities.

Information on Council elections, how to vote and how to stand as a candidate can be found at:

Share ideas in big city speak out

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It’s on again, as part of the My City, My Say – Join the Conversation Series, Melton City Council is seeking community participation.

The City is rapidly growing and Council is hosting a series of events to encourage residents to share ideas, meet Council staff, hear about major developments, including planned future active open spaces, fire prevention, safety, neighbourhood houses, youth activities and the new Fund our Future Campaign.

Council held a similar event in 2006.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join the conversation in Diggers Rest on Saturday April 30, 2016 at the Diggers Rest Community Hall, 12:00pm to 2:30pm.

Free food and coffee, youth activities, kids activities and face painting will be available for participating residents.

For additional information, download a flier via the following link:
http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2016/My_City_My_Say_-_DiggersRest.pdf

2016 ANZAC Ceremony

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The Diggers Rest Primary School will hold an ANZAC Ceremony at 11:00am on April 22, 2016 at the Diggers Rest Cenotaph, Plumpton Road Diggers Rest.

Students from each grade will be actively involved in the ceremony and the School Choir will perform “Can you hear Australia’s heroes marching?” a special ANZAC song with the permission of the author, Peter Barnes.

ANZAC badges will be on sale at the Diggers Rest Post Office, the Diggers Rest Primary School and on the day at the Cenotaph.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Download an official flier via the following link:
http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2016/anzac_2016.pdf

Fast track on “interim” safety needed

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An incident involving a truck at the Diggers Rest railway crossing last Friday morning has sparked renewed calls for planned safety works to be undertaken.

According to Melton City Council, “when the existing railway station upgrade occurred Council sought for the State Government project team to look at improving the pedestrian connectivity adjacent the railway station at this location.  However such works were not within the scope of the railway project. It should be noted to date the intersection has operated safely for both pedestrians and vehicles however the LATM (Local Area Traffic Management) study further investigated the intersection and proposed two options being and ‘interim’ and ‘ultimate’ treatment to further improve all safety aspects as traffic volumes increase”.

The LATM report concluded that modifications are required to improve the safety and functionality of the Welcome Road and Diggers Rest – Coimadai Road intersection, especially given its close proximity to the railway crossing.

Interim treatment involves the removal of right turn traffic into Welcome Road therefore restricting vehicles from queuing back onto the railway crossing which has been identified as a significant safety concern. It’s expected that this will also improve pedestrian access with one less traffic movement for pedestrians to negotiate when crossing the road.

Following the interim treatment, Council will continue to monitor traffic as part of its monitoring program. This treatment may provide an effective solution and may not trigger the ultimate treatment, which is the permanent closure of Welcome Road.

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Country market day

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A Toolernvale hobby farm is expected to come alive each Saturday with the creation of the Tarameade Country Market.

Organisers are planning to hold the first market on April 16, 2016 in conjunction with the regular poultry auction at the venue.

The market will aim to capture a country theme providing fresh produce, hand-crafts, tools, plants, technology and much more, including an animal farm.

Use the following link for more information:
http://www.tarameade.com.au

Breast clinic opens in Sunbury

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Fantastic news!

Today, the Minister for Health the Hon. Jill Hennessy and local member for Sunbury Josh Bull opened the 40th BreastScreen clinic in Victoria.

The new Sunbury clinic will offer women from Gisborne, Kyneton and Sunbury over the age of 40 years two free yearly mammograms.

This new state-of-the-art facility will mean more women in Sunbury and surrounding areas including Diggers Rest will have access to lifesaving breast cancer screening.

BreastScreen Victoria has partnered with Lake Imaging at the Sunbury clinic to help reduce the impact of breast cancer.

In this growth corridor, it’s great to see investment and support for local services like this, so women in our district can get the vital healthcare they need, closer to home.

Women between the age of 50 and 74 are encouraged to have a free breast screen by calling 13 20 50 or booking an appointment online.

For more information, visit http://www.breastscreen.org.au

Out and about at Diggers Rest

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Diggers Rest was once the resting place for diggers on their way to the goldfields. Today, this group of cycling enthusiasts from Ivanhoe made Diggers Rest the starting point for a leisurely ride to Mt Macedon.

The cyclists returned to Diggers Rest to enjoy some refreshments at Houdini’s Cafe e Cucina before heading home.

It is really great to see visitors having a good time and making the most of our growing community.

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