Diggers Rest Hotel – Urban Exploration

This Saturday eight years ago, a suspicious fire destroyed the historical Diggers Rest Hotel leaving a smouldering emptiness for the township of Diggers Rest.

Although the community remains divided on the future of the hotel, it has become a centre piece for urban exploration. Like a scene from a horror movie, the video by Colin Ewington takes a look beyond its burnt exterior to reveal the internal destruction of that October night in 2008.

Given the length of time that has lapsed since the fire, any existing use right has expired, and under the current zoning of the land, the use of the land for a hotel is prohibited. However, the presence of a Heritage Overlay control on the site would allow Council to consider an application for a rebuild of a Hotel, bistro and bottle shop.

The Heritage Overlay control in the Melton Planning Scheme identifies the site as one where prohibited uses may be permitted (subject to a permit) and provided that any rebuild will not adversely affect the significance of the heritage place and the benefits obtained from the use of the land for a hotel can be applied towards the conservation of the heritage place.

Melton toward 2036


Melton City Council are on the way to developing a long-term vision for our community.

Do you have ideas you would like to share?

Would you like to hear what approximately 1,800 community members have contributed over the past few months?

Would you like to help shape the community vision for the City of Melton?

Then you should attend one of the workshops scheduled 6.30pm – 8.30pm:
Wednesday 2 November, Caroline Springs Library
Thursday 3 November, Melton Library
Tuesday 8 November, Caroline Springs Library
Wednesday 9 November, Melton Library

A family pass for Werribee Open Range Zoo will be drawn at each session and food will be provided.

Why is this important?

Because the 20 year vision will be designed to drive the next four year Council Plan and other future plans and strategies.

What’s next?

Input from the workshops will create the foundation for the community vision Melton City 2036 – The city we imagine.

For more information please visit: http://www.melton.vic.gov.au/meltoncity2036
Join the conversation online at: http://www.oursay.org/cityofmelton

Download the invitation information via the following link:

2016 Trivia Night


If the feedback is anything to go by, then it seems that everyone enjoyed the 2016 Diggers Rest Primary School annual trivia event held last night.

It was fantastic to see more staff and teachers participating this year.

Hats off to Maree Welshe and her team for an exceptional effort in bringing it all together. In conjunction with rounds of questions and answers, the event was host to a live auction, a coin toss and paper plane throwing contest, as well as a silent auction, raffle draw and a logo identification game.

Although the night is about raising funds for the Primary School, last night the event paid tribute to Michael Cherriman and his wife for their past support with this event. Sadly, Michael passed away in February this year and his absence was felt.

Use the following link to check out more images taken at the event:

Halloween walking bus


Diggers Rest halloweenies will be pleased to know that the Diggers Rest Fire Brigade will be providing this years “Halloween Walking Bus”.

A concept initiated for the Halloween festivities at Diggers Rest last year, the walking bus aims to provide an organised and safe way for youngsters to go trick-or-treating around town.

The Brigade is calling on residents to get involved and register as part of the program.

Groups will be lead by volunteers that hold a current working with children check and will only visit registered participating households.

For additional information, call Maree Welshe on 0409 995 073 or to register, download the following registration form:

Water supply interruption

As part of a scheduled water mains maintenance program, Western Water will turn-off the Diggers Rest drinking water supply tomorrow (Wednesday, 19 October 2016) from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Planned water interruptions of this nature are quite common and take place to help ensure maximum water quality and a reliable service to customers.

Although these types of interruptions occur on a daily basis, tomorrows’ disruption involves a greater number of properties than usual.

As such, the team at Western Water have worked tirelessly to reduce the impact on residents.

Some of the steps taken to achieve this include the following:

Every customer affected by the outage was contacted by mail couple of weeks ago. (click here)

A roadside message board was placed in Diggers Rest yesterday.

Land developers were notified.

Water tankers will provide water throughout the day to Diggers Rest Primary School, Houdini’s Café and the Maternal and Child Health Centre, which includes the Kindergarten.

It’s also understood that an SMS reminder will be sent to around 500 customers in the morning and another at the completion of the works.

If you require any additional information, please use the following link:

Meet the candidates – Jackson’s Creek ward.

Diggers Rest residents who live in the Jackson Creek ward will have an opportunity to meet the candidates who have nominated in this years upcoming Council elections.

A group of leading organisations within Sunbury will host a Candidates Forum which will be held on the evening of Thursday October 13, 2016 at the Sunbury Memorial Hall starting at 7:00pm.

Residents are encouraged to submit questions prior to the forum, although questions will be accepted up until the starting time of 7:00pm.

For additional information, please download the flier via the following link:

Candidates commit to talks on hotel


This month marks the 8th anniversary of the fire which destroyed the historical Diggers Rest Hotel.

Since the 2008 fire, the hotel has remained in ruins and despite the desperate community outcry, very little has been done to rehabilitate the site.

In the lead up to the Melton City Council election, some Watts Ward candidates have pledged to tackle the long running issue head on.

This is welcome news for the township of Diggers Rest which is currently experiencing exceptional growth.

The former hotel, now in ruins is situated at the entry of the township and is considered an eyesore by many locals and off putting for prospective home buyers looking to call Diggers Rest their home.

Whilst the community remains divided over the future of the site, the idea that some candidates are prepared to prioritise the hotel as part of their election platform, brings a level of optimism back into the community.

See facebook for comments from residents and candidates