Okay, for shared pathway

Josh Bull (MP), member for Sunbury announced yesterday that the Victorian Government would fund the long awaited shared pathway joining Diggers Rest and Sunbury.

The $1.1 million dollar project will be funded through the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution Program (GAIC).

Diggers Rest is currently experiencing rapid growth and the need to provide safe connections for pedestrians and cyclists is paramount.

Hector Bugeja, a member of the Sunbury and Diggers Rest Bicycle Users Group, initiated the campaign for the shared path following the death of a cyclist at the location in 2015.

His efforts received strong support from the Bloomdale Estate Developers, the Cities of Melton and Hume, Josh Bull (MP) and the Community of Diggers Rest.

It’s expected that the pathway will be completed by late 2018.

Mr Bugeja praised the Bloomdale developers for their “innovative design approach for improving safety”.

He acknowledged their forward thinking to provide separated pathways for cyclists and pedestrians.

The new pathway should help encourage more residents to cycle or walk around their community.

Town puts its pets on parade

It looks as though it’s all going to be happening on Saturday September 23 at the Diggers Rest Recreational Reserve.

Despite the visible “No Dogs” signage, Melton City Council are supporting a new initiative developed by some local residents.

The Pet Show is scheduled to start at 11:00am and conclude at 1:00pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.

Registration is essential if you plan to enlist your family pet.

Best trick, best behaved and best pet and owner look alike competition are among the planned highlights.

With a jam-packed line up, the event promises to offer something for everyone.

These will include, talks on pet care, pet dental care, first-aid for pets and information about adopting a pet.

Milo Cricket, face painting, Bollywood Dance Workshop, other activities for kids and a sausage sizzle (Gold coin donation).

For additional information download a flyer using the following link:
http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2017/PetShow.pdf

Let there be lights

Many residents are extremely pleased to see the newly installed traffic lights at the intersection of Houdini Drive and Vineyard Road in Diggers Rest.

The lights are part of the infrastructure upgrades associated with the development of the Bloomdale housing estate.

Following a fatal collision at the intersection in October 2015, the developers worked to fast track the installation after local resident Jayleen Joury created an online petition.

According to Tom Lay, Traffic Engineer for the City of Melton, the new traffic signals are under the management of VicRoads.

It’s understood that Jemena is responsible for establishing power to the new lights, which may still take a couple of months to activate.

VicRoads design and compliance project manager for metro north west has confirmed that the main hold up is establishing power at the signal from Jemena.

“Once power and meter is connected by the power retail, VicRoads can safely install the controller box and switch on the signal”.

Meanwhile, Melton Council has advised that the intersection is still operating under traffic management and in the same fashion prior to the lights, under a reduced traffic speed.

Temporary street lighting is also in place to ensure the intersection is safe for drivers travelling through the area.

Jemena were contacted, however are yet to respond.

Trivia night fever

It’s on again!

The annual Diggers Rest Primary School Trivia Night will be held at the School Library on Saturday September 16, 2017.

An essential fundraising night for the school, the event has for the past few years, also helped to deliver ongoing social connections within our growing community.

Trivia rounds, raffle prizes and both silent and live auctions make for a fun packed “adults only” evening.

This year, it’s hoped that families will take advantage of the “Kids Night In” babysitting service.

Places are filling fast and booking is essential and tickets must be purchased by September 8, unless sold out.

Tickets are available by calling the school on 9740 1391 during business hours and costs $15.00 per person, maximum 10 per table, babysitting extra.

BYO drinks and snacks, hot food platters available for pre-order (see school office).

Some limited snacks will be offered for purchase on the night.

Doors open at 6:30pm for 7:00pm start.

No rest for home prices

Astute property buyers looking to secure a stake in our growing community are firmly focused on the forthcoming property auction scheduled for this coming Saturday.
http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-vic-diggers+rest-125932554

Property prices in the established Fordville Estate in Diggers Rest have continued to flourish on the back of the Bloomdale and St Genevieve housing developments.

Despite the recent measures taken by the Victorian State Government to relax the pressure on the local housing market by investors, it seems that property prices remain strong.

With the Reserve Bank keeping interest rates to an all-time low, coupled with first home buyers taking advantage of the new stamp duty savings, home prices are expected to continue their upward trend.

Diggers Rest is fast becoming a sought after location offering the benefits of rural style living in an urban environment, close to thriving shopping facilities and community services.

Older style established homes with generous block sizes are still within the reach of those looking call Diggers Rest home.

This beautifully maintained home situated within walking distance to the train station, shops and near to the proposed town centre recently sold privately for $465,000.
http://www.realestate.com.au/sold/property-house-vic-diggers+rest-125717862