Savvy buyers to do more research

An article published in the Sunbury Leader entitled “Buyers awake to Diggers Rest potential”, (April 18, 2017 – Page 16) raises some concerns about perceptions of Diggers Rest for the future.

It does seem that many new residents are comparing future growth possibilities with those previously seen in areas like Sydenham and Taylors Lakes for example.

Whilst Diggers Rest is within the expanded Sunbury Growth Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and has excellent connections to the Calder freeway, prospective buyers need to understand that any additional growth is limited by the UGB, Green Wedge Zones and Melbourne Airport Environs Overlays.

These constraints have been the main contributor to the township being dormant for so long prior to now.

Talk of developing infrastructure and shopping centres are all population driven and given the limited growth capacity of Diggers Rest, may not deliver the level of services anticipated or consistent with the current increase in real estate prices.

Diggers Rest is well serviced by Sunbury and Watergardens shopping centres, each only one train stop away in either direction.

It may be sometime before the population of Diggers Rest will sustain a full-line supermarket and shopping centre.

In accordance with State Government policy, any additional expansions of the UGB will need to remain sympathetic toward the curfew free operations at Melbourne Airport.

Funds to bring Christmas cheer

Last night at the Ordinary Meeting of Council, Melton City Councillors voted to contribute $40,000 toward the Carols by Candlelight event for Caroline Springs.

It’s understood the funding will be made available to INChurch Melbourne who have successfully hosted a Carols by Candlelight event at Caroline Springs for the past 2 years.

This funding is in addition to the $63,900 allocated in the draft budget to deliver the Carols by Candlelight event at Hannah Watts Park in the Melton township.

Each year the Diggers Rest Primary School host a Community Carols Night in Diggers Rest, which was once well supported by Melton Council.

Although Diggers Rest forms part of the Melton Municipality, many residents feel detached from main stream Melton given its geographical location.

Since Council withdrew its support in 2012, the Diggers Rest event has been primarily funded through the generosity of local developers.

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