Upward trend continues

Despite the talk of an economic slowdown in the housing market, Diggers Rest continues to perform well providing potential home buyers with good life-style choices within walking distance of the railway station, Foodworks Supermarket, Pharmacy, Post Office and recreational sporting facilities.

Major shopping centres are located along the railway line, one stop in each direction.

The growing township offers easy access to the Calder Freeway which is supported by excellent public transport connections to the Melbourne CBD and Moonee Ponds via Niddrie.

According to local real estate agent LJ Whorlow, the median house price in Diggers Rest for June 2017 was $394,500.

The home auctioned yesterday at 5 Welcome Road sold for an impressive $554,000, a record price for any home offered for sale in Welcome Road.

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.

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.

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.

Green light for bottle shop

Melton City Council will issue a notice of decision to grant a permit for a packaged liquor license associated with a retail premises at 29 Cradle Road, Diggers Rest.

Councillors accepted the Officers recommendation which will allow the sale of packaged liquor between 10am to 10pm, Sunday to Saturday and 12pm to 10pm, ANZAC Day.

According to the report, Council received a number of objections against the proposal which are summarised as follows:

  • Adequacy of on-site car parking.
  • Sufficient number of liquor outlets in the surrounding area.
  • Location inappropriate for the sale of packaged liquor particularly in a centre where there is a limited sense of ownership, pride and identity.
  • Use of nearby public park for alcohol consumption.
  • Safety of staff and adequacy of site supervision.
  • Amenity concerns (ie. deliveries, rubbish, noise and broken empty bottles).

Council considers the proposal acceptable given the type of licence being requested, the location of the site and the nature of uses in the commercial strip.

The approval is subject to the installation of mirrors and CCTV cameras to improve general safety in the commercial area.

Another sold

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


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


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.

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Melton toward 2036


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

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Crime stats up for Diggers Rest


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/