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.

Please feel free to provide feedback and respond to our poll using the following link:
https://goo.gl/4kq5hY

CFA family fun day

Here’s a great chance to enjoy some quality family time with the kids whilst supporting our local volunteer fire brigade.

The first CFA fun day was held in 2010 and this year the event promises to be bigger than ever.

Not surprisingly, Captain Koala will be visiting Diggers Rest that day and it’s anticipated that he will be spending some time at the event.

Some of the planned festivities will include, Giant Jenga, Face Painting, Jumping Castle and fire related activities.

Delicious Egg & Bacon sandwiches will be available for purchase together with a Sausage Sizzle ready to extinguish those hunger pains.

Don’t let the kids miss out on the Easter Egg Hunt which is scheduled to start at 1:45pm.

Click here to download a colouring completion entry form.

Completed forms can be dropped into the letterbox at the fire station, or simply brought along on the day.

Winning entries will be announced at 1:30pm and winners will need to be on hand to collect their prizes.

Everything kicks off at 9:30am through to 3:30pm at the Diggers Rest Primary School, Plumpton Road Diggers Rest.

Saturday April 1, 2017

For additional information, use the following link to download an A4 flier.
http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2017/cfa-fun-day_2017.pdf

SHOPportunity knocks

The vacant land located at 32 Old Calder Highway Diggers Rest has recently been sold and the purchaser intends to develop the land and maximise its full potential.

The area is situated on the eastern side of the Old Calder Highway, approximately 140 metres north of the railway crossing.

In May 2009, the land was rezoned from residential to mixed use.

It’s understood that a full-line supermarket is proposed to be built in the developing Bloomdale Estate.

However, this site offers some exceptional opportunities for Diggers Rest especially given its within close proximity to the railway station.

Some of the possible options for the land could include, a supermarket, speciality retail shops, food services, speciality medical facilities, childcare facilities and residential development.

Development of this site should help to deliver much needed retail and community services to the township.

The mixed use nature of the land may help to incorporate some “small office – home office” style urban dwellings, which could attract some localised employment opportunities for residents.

Hopefully, maximising the potential of the mixed use will contribute toward the overall economic sustainability of the township.

The establishment of Houdini’s Café e Cucina is testament to the ability to attract new business from beyond the 3427 postcode.

Please feel free to contribute to the process via the following facebook link:
http://www.facebook.com/diggersrest/posts/1434508223278343

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.

Santa’s annual visit

Santa stopped for a couple of happy snaps during his visit to Diggers Rest today.

The annual trip around the township is organised by the Diggers Rest Lions Club and supported by the Diggers Rest Fire Brigade.

Local children look forward to the yearly catch up and the gift of lollies as part of Christmas celebrations in Diggers Rest.

We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of volunteers who help make this event possible.

Thanks Santa, the Lions Club and the CFA.

Stormwater works, welcomed

Property owners in Welcome Road and Mullock Road will be pleased to know that drainage works have commenced as an ultimate solution to the existing flooding issue in the area.

In the past, a number of property owners have experienced flooding during major storm events.

As part of the St Genevieve residential development, the developers are providing a retarding basin (wetland) at the rear portion of the Norm Raven Reserve.

It’s understood the wetlands will be completed to a high standard and will provide a fantastic open space for current and future residents to enjoy.