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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.

Diggers Rest awakes

The closing bid of $435,000 for the 3 bedroom brick veneer home in Diggers Rest today left locals shaking their heads.

Many residents and prospective buyers turned out to witness history in the making.

Bargain hunters eager to snap up a good buy left disappointed whilst existing home owners are excited by future prospects and the overall growth of the township.

Today’s result was well above expectations, with 5 bidders all competing for the final call.

The once little hamlet of Diggers Rest is booming and real estate values confirm this.

Diggers Rest is being spruiked as the next Sydenham/Watergardens due to its excellent transport connectivity and close proximity to Melbourne.

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Car wipes out kindergarten

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In the early hours of this morning a vehicle ploughed into the Diggers Rest Kindergarten causing extensive damage to the building and fencing.

The vehicle is presumed stolen and the occupants of the vehicle are reported to have fled on foot following the collision.

It’s understood police were quick to respond and remained at the scene for some time after the accident.

Melton City Council are working with families affected by the incident which could have been much worse if the situation had taken place during business hours.

It seems that the facility will remain closed until further notice.

Anyone with additional information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers
on 1800 333 000.

Shopping centre sits high on agenda

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In a recent online survey 53% of participants preferred to see supermarket chain Coles established in Bloomdale ahead of Aldi and Woolworths.

For many years the growth of Diggers Rest has been uncertain due to Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay, Green Wedge Zones and the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).

In 2008, land at 2-40 Old Calder Highway was rezoned to accommodate mixed use like retail, office space and residential.

According to Melton City Council, the future growth of the Diggers Rest Township is confined by the UGB, which in its current form will allow the township to grow to around 14,000 residents.

Using the current estimates, this should take between 12 to 14 years to achieve.

At present, the criteria to sustain a full line supermarket requires an immediate catchment population in excess of 20,000.

Many residents (both new and existing) have invested in this community in the belief that a shopping centre is not too far away.

Meanwhile, the Foodworks neighbourhood supermarket in Glitter Road offers a wide range of basic grocery lines.

We may well start to see smaller lot sizes established to help create the critical mass required to fully sustain a full-line supermarket for Diggers Rest.

However, despite the constraints the developers for Bloomdale remain hopeful of a store opening in 2019 and are doing all they can to try and make that happen.

Use the following link to view the detailed survey results:
https://goo.gl/CcLlDX

Melton toward 2036

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Melton City Council are on the way to developing a long-term vision for our community.

Do you have ideas you would like to share?

Would you like to hear what approximately 1,800 community members have contributed over the past few months?

Would you like to help shape the community vision for the City of Melton?

Then you should attend one of the workshops scheduled 6.30pm – 8.30pm:
Wednesday 2 November, Caroline Springs Library
Thursday 3 November, Melton Library
Tuesday 8 November, Caroline Springs Library
Wednesday 9 November, Melton Library

A family pass for Werribee Open Range Zoo will be drawn at each session and food will be provided.

Why is this important?

Because the 20 year vision will be designed to drive the next four year Council Plan and other future plans and strategies.

What’s next?

Input from the workshops will create the foundation for the community vision Melton City 2036 – The city we imagine.

For more information please visit: http://www.melton.vic.gov.au/meltoncity2036
Join the conversation online at: http://www.oursay.org/cityofmelton

Download the invitation information via the following link:
http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2016/workshop-invitation-2016.pdf

Crime stats up for Diggers Rest

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Despite the cold weather, a number of residents attended the presentation by Acting Inspector, Peter Langdon from Victoria Police last night.

The session proved very informative with the inspector taking a series of questions from community members. According to the Crime Statistics Agency website, the number of offences for the 3427 postcode has surged from 124 in 2012 to 267 to March 2016, an overall increase of about 115%.

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The majority of offences involve property and deception offences. Drug related offences still remain one of the lowest for the area.

The Inspector urged residents to call “000” (tripple zero) and report any crime related issues. These include, hooning, suspicious behavior and damage to property.

Cyber crime and scams were also up for discussion. The Inspector made mention of the Australian Cyber Crime Online Reporting Network and he suggested reporting any suspicious online activity to them. This is an Australian Government initiative and can be found via the following link: https://www.acorn.gov.au/

Charred remains still a mystery

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It’s almost 8 years since the fire which destroyed the Diggers Rest Hotel.

On the morning of October 30, 2008 the community of Diggers Rest woke to find the historical hotel built in 1854 still smouldering and under police supervision.

According to the Sunbury Leader Newspaper only days before the fire, “The Diggers Rest Hotel has been closed for two months for renovations. Licensee Brett Commisso said it would reopen before Christmas”.

It is understood that prior to the fire, the Environment Protection Agency had issued a clean-up notice and a requirement for the Hotel to connect their waste water system to the sewer network.

Although the Diggers Rest Hotel is not heritage listed, it is protected by heritage overlay within the Melton Planning Scheme.

The Heritage Overlay was first applied to the Hotel by Amendment C73, which came into effect on 17 April 2008 and gave statutory protection on an interim basis.

Amendment C71, gave permanent heritage controls to the Diggers Rest Hotel which came into effect on 26 August 2010 (almost 2 years after the fire).

Despite strong support to see the hotel demolished and replaced with a new family focused hotel and bistro, a number of residents stood firm opposing the demolition in favour of its historical significance to Diggers Rest.

Today, the structure still stands at the entry to Diggers Rest, less a chimney or two.

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Country market day

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A Toolernvale hobby farm is expected to come alive each Saturday with the creation of the Tarameade Country Market.

Organisers are planning to hold the first market on April 16, 2016 in conjunction with the regular poultry auction at the venue.

The market will aim to capture a country theme providing fresh produce, hand-crafts, tools, plants, technology and much more, including an animal farm.

Use the following link for more information:
http://www.tarameade.com.au

Out and about at Diggers Rest

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Diggers Rest was once the resting place for diggers on their way to the goldfields. Today, this group of cycling enthusiasts from Ivanhoe made Diggers Rest the starting point for a leisurely ride to Mt Macedon.

The cyclists returned to Diggers Rest to enjoy some refreshments at Houdini’s Cafe e Cucina before heading home.

It is really great to see visitors having a good time and making the most of our growing community.

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Hotel ruins likely to stay…

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Watts ward Councillor Lara Carli presented a question without notice at this months ordinary meeting of council. Cr Carli sought current status on the 3 month deferral on the application to demolish the building. Planning and Environment manager for the City of Melton Bob Baggio explained that time for the hotel owners had lapsed and the item was due to return to council next month.

The building is considered to be of local historical significance and subject to a heritage overlay. It’s expected that Councillors will vote against any demolition in order to retain the historical value of the property.