Keep me posted, says Councillor

At the last ordinary meeting of Council, Melton City Councillor, Steve Abboushi urged Council and residents to support the “Keep Me Posted” initiative.

Keep me Posted is a campaign advocating for the right of every Australian to choose, free of charge, how they receive important information.

More and more, business and service providers are restricting access to paper bills and statements.

The campaign is well supported by interest groups, charities, political representatives and businesses who represent Australians disadvantaged by the lack of choice, or who simply do not agree with the status quo.

Many Australians prefer to receive their invoices and bank statements on paper due to reasons such as, lack of internet access, digital abilities, security concerns with online fraud or simply for convenience.

Others prefer email for practical reasons. Either way, it’s important that Australians have the right to choose.

For more information regarding the initiative, please visit the following link:
http://www.keepmeposted.org.au

Overhaul to improve bus network

Contracts which run Melbourne’s extensive bus network are set to be overhauled.

Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allan (MP) announced last week that the Government will negotiate new contracts with 12 metropolitan bus operators.

The Government claims the current contracts are old and inflexible and in many cases not meeting the changing needs of passengers.

The overhaul is anticipated to pave the way for better services.

In 2009, the local 483 bus service which links Sunbury to Moonee Ponds, was to be reduced, in a similar review process.

At that time, residents rallied to save their service which was expected to be scaled down and redirected via Melbourne Airport.

The 483 route provides services to Niddrie, Essendon and Moonee Ponds. It delivers vital transport options for young people who work at the KFC and McDonald’s restaurants at the Calder Park Service Centres.

According to local opinion, the current service is not very well patronised.

Clean up Australia Day

Anyone wishing to participate in the annual Clean up Australia Day and help to reduce the visible signs of litter in Diggers Rest can register via the following link:
http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

Local resident Pam Allan will again co-ordinate a team of volunteers to help clean up our township. The event is being supported by the Melton City Council and will commence at 9:30am through to 11:00am. Sunday March 5, 2017.

Pam can be contacted on 9740 0958 or you can register via the official Clean up Australia Day website.

For additional information, please download a flier from the following link:
http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2017/CAUD_2017A4.pdf

Road closure gets mixed signals

A number of residents have expressed concerns with the lengthy closure of Houdini Drive for the installation of traffic signals.

Following a fatality at the intersection of Houdini Drive and Vineyard Road in October 2015, residents signed an online petition to fast-track the installation of traffic lights at Diggers Rest.

The township has experienced exceptional growth in recent times with the development of the Bloomdale and St Genevieve Estates.

Vineyard Road is recognised as a major connecting thoroughfare, linking Sunbury and Melton which includes Caroline Springs.

BMD Constructions Pty Ltd, issued notification that the intersection upgrade works and the installation of traffic signals will require the intersection to be closed from the start of March 2017 and expected to re-open at the end of June 2017.

Local resident Bruce Francis is frustrated by the potential 4 month closure of the intersection and he has spoken with his elected representatives and he plans to launch a petition.

The proposed detour route diverts traffic movements to a second entry point along Vineyard Road which has less safety design features than the existing Houdini Drive turn off.

An information session regarding the proposed works and traffic disruptions will be held at the Diggers Rest Community Centre on Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 7:00pm.