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.
Yesterday the Community of Diggers Rest held their third annual Biggest Morning Tea at Houdini’s Café e Cucina.
The event was very well patronised, with in excess of 60 people filling the restaurant.
Melton City Council Mayor, Cr Sophie Ramsey conducted the live charity auction.
Fellow Councillors Cr. Lara Carli, Cr. Melissa DeSantis, Cr. Ken Hardy and Cr. Michelle Mendes showed their support by attending.
The initiative coincides with the Cancer Council Victoria Biggest Morning Tea program which aims to raise funds for cancer research and prevention programs.
The full ticket price of $20.00 per person is donated to Cancer Council Victoria together with the money collected from the prize wheel and live auction.
On this occasion $3,300 was raised, making a grand total of more than $6,700 raised since May 2015.
Without the help of local business and community minded residents, this fundraiser would not continue to grow.
The efforts of everyone involved is always greatly appreciated.
Use the following link to view the photo album Captured by Coops.
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.
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:
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:
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.
If the feedback is anything to go by, then it seems that everyone enjoyed the 2016 Diggers Rest Primary School annual trivia event held last night.
It was fantastic to see more staff and teachers participating this year.
Hats off to Maree Welshe and her team for an exceptional effort in bringing it all together. In conjunction with rounds of questions and answers, the event was host to a live auction, a coin toss and paper plane throwing contest, as well as a silent auction, raffle draw and a logo identification game.
Although the night is about raising funds for the Primary School, last night the event paid tribute to Michael Cherriman and his wife for their past support with this event. Sadly, Michael passed away in February this year and his absence was felt.
Use the following link to check out more images taken at the event:
Diggers Rest halloweenies will be pleased to know that the Diggers Rest Fire Brigade will be providing this years “Halloween Walking Bus”.
A concept initiated for the Halloween festivities at Diggers Rest last year, the walking bus aims to provide an organised and safe way for youngsters to go trick-or-treating around town.
The Brigade is calling on residents to get involved and register as part of the program.
Groups will be lead by volunteers that hold a current working with children check and will only visit registered participating households.
For additional information, call Maree Welshe on 0409 995 073 or to register, download the following registration form:
As part of a scheduled water mains maintenance program, Western Water will turn-off the Diggers Rest drinking water supply tomorrow (Wednesday, 19 October 2016) from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Planned water interruptions of this nature are quite common and take place to help ensure maximum water quality and a reliable service to customers.
Although these types of interruptions occur on a daily basis, tomorrows’ disruption involves a greater number of properties than usual.
As such, the team at Western Water have worked tirelessly to reduce the impact on residents.
Some of the steps taken to achieve this include the following:
Every customer affected by the outage was contacted by mail couple of weeks ago. (click here)
A roadside message board was placed in Diggers Rest yesterday.
Land developers were notified.
Water tankers will provide water throughout the day to Diggers Rest Primary School, Houdini’s Café and the Maternal and Child Health Centre, which includes the Kindergarten.
It’s also understood that an SMS reminder will be sent to around 500 customers in the morning and another at the completion of the works.
If you require any additional information, please use the following link:
Diggers Rest residents who live in the Jackson Creek ward will have an opportunity to meet the candidates who have nominated in this years upcoming Council elections.
A group of leading organisations within Sunbury will host a Candidates Forum which will be held on the evening of Thursday October 13, 2016 at the Sunbury Memorial Hall starting at 7:00pm.
Residents are encouraged to submit questions prior to the forum, although questions will be accepted up until the starting time of 7:00pm.
For additional information, please download the flier via the following link:
In light of the number of recent crime related issues in Diggers Rest, Melton Police Inspector Kathryn Rudkins will be visiting our town to discuss a Neighbourhood Watch Program and learn about other matters concerning residents.
The session has been organised at the request of the Neighbours Network and the topics will include, rights of home owners subject to home invasions, backyard exposure in undeveloped open areas and the rights of perpetrators.
This is the second time in just a few months that Melton Police have engaged with residents in Diggers Rest to discuss local crime related issues.
The discussion session will be held at the Diggers Rest Community Hall at 7:00pm, Friday September 16, 2016.