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:

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.

Discovery tour fundraiser

Sunbury Historical Tours provide guided walking tours of the historic Victoria University site on Jacksons Hill in Sunbury, which was also the former Lunatic Asylum.

This magnificent complex was established in 1864 and had functioned as an industrial school for children. However, in 1879 the facility began operating as a Lunatic Asylum and eventually became well known as “The Hill”.

Today the buildings remain decommissioned and the walking tours offer an exclusive insight for those wishing to learn more about what once was.

Tours run for approximately two hours and usually only weekends.

Julie Mills from Sunbury Historical Tours has kindly offered to host a guided tour on Sunday July 30, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm with all proceeds being donated to the Diggers Rest Primary School.

The cost is $30.00 per person, so be quick, places are limited and booking is essential.

This is an exceptional opportunity which promises to be a ‘fascinating journey’ back through time exploring significant periods of the Institution’s history.

Use the following link to download a flyer regarding the tour:

To learn more about Sunbury Historical Tours, use the following link to their website:

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.

Houdini’s help brew cash for cancer

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.

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.

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:

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’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.

2016 Trivia Night


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:

Halloween walking bus


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: