Green light for bottle shop

Melton City Council will issue a notice of decision to grant a permit for a packaged liquor license associated with a retail premises at 29 Cradle Road, Diggers Rest.

Councillors accepted the Officers recommendation which will allow the sale of packaged liquor between 10am to 10pm, Sunday to Saturday and 12pm to 10pm, ANZAC Day.

According to the report, Council received a number of objections against the proposal which are summarised as follows:

  • Adequacy of on-site car parking.
  • Sufficient number of liquor outlets in the surrounding area.
  • Location inappropriate for the sale of packaged liquor particularly in a centre where there is a limited sense of ownership, pride and identity.
  • Use of nearby public park for alcohol consumption.
  • Safety of staff and adequacy of site supervision.
  • Amenity concerns (ie. deliveries, rubbish, noise and broken empty bottles).

Council considers the proposal acceptable given the type of licence being requested, the location of the site and the nature of uses in the commercial strip.

The approval is subject to the installation of mirrors and CCTV cameras to improve general safety in the commercial area.

Another sold

Properties offered for sale in the established township of Diggers Rest are not on the market for too long, some only lasting a matter of days.

Prices have steadily increased over the past 12 months with a record auction price achieved recently for a 3 bedroom brick veneer residence in Eureka Road.

It’s expected that a number of homes will hit the market in the coming weeks with vendors hoping to cash in on the current trend and the abundance of prospective buyers looking to purchase.

Local real estate agent Adrian Sacco said that he had a large number of buyers looking to invest in Diggers Rest.

He also said that auction is the best method of sale.

Council to assist schools

Great news for the community of Diggers Rest.

As part of the Community Grants Program Review, Melton City Councillors unanimously agreed to engage and assist schools that are experiencing difficulties in achieving grant applications to identify appropriate partner organisations.

Each year many grant opportunities are missed and the assistance from Council should help to widen the scope and help to identify possible partners.

Diggers Rest is a small community and the new initiative may work toward delivering some worthwhile projects.

According to Watts Ward Councillor Michelle Mendes, there are many basic programs available like autism programs, school breakfast programs and gardening programs. There are also programs which have helped children reach their social potential and emotional development.

Cr. Mendes said “some of those programs are not funded by the State Government”, “if schools don’t have the assistance to get those grants by the City of Melton, they’re going to become disadvantaged”.

School to celebrate 135 years

This month the Diggers Rest Primary School will celebrate 135 years.

Although the current Plumpton Road site was officially opened in December 1991, the school was established on June 19, 1882 with the number 2479.

The school began in a portable building and the first head teacher was Mr. William Best.

Over the years the school has experienced a colourful past which has seen it temporarily closed between 1903 to 1906 due to declining attendance, destroyed by fire in March 1915 and severely damaged by a cyclone.

Despite these setbacks, many residents have fond memories of attending our local school which has now become an integral part of our growing community.

The birthday celebrations will include a welcome speech from the principal Mrs Hedger and followed by a number of guest speakers including members from the student Leadership team who will talk about why the school is special to them. Some former students will talk about what the school was like when they attended. A cake cutting ceremony, finishing with afternoon tea and memorabilia displays.

The event will be held in the School courtyard on June 16, 2017
from 2:00pm through to 3:00pm.

Budgetary funding update

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the section 223 budget submission seeking recurrent funding to assist the Diggers Rest Community Carols event.

In total, 154 votes were recorded during the local online survey, 148 in support of the submission and 6 against. A number of residents took the time out to provide feedback which was used as part of the presentation process at Council.

Whilst we wait for an official decision from Melton City Council, we can be quietly confident that the presentation went well and our elected representatives will respect the wishes of residents and hopefully make the funding available.

Special thank you to Maree Welshe from the Diggers Rest Fire Brigade for assisting with the presentation at Council on Tuesday night.

View online voting results here: