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.

Family fun this weekend with AFL stars at Bloomdale in Diggers Rest

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Bloomdale Family Fun Day will take place this Saturday, 4 October 2014, with appearances by AFL stars Joe Daniher and Brent Stanton, live entertainment, mini golf, a Bob Loader jumping castle, and footy clinics hosted by the Diggers Rest Burras.

As well as the talent in attendance, Mayor Cr Bob Turner will be on hand to officially open the new park. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, adults and children can delight in the musical offerings of Michael Jackson, Elton John and Lady Gaga performed by Club Kenny Trio on centre stage, as well as a special dance performance by Diggers Rest Primary School students.

There will be face painting, fresh coffee and carnival popcorn and fairy floss stands, as well as Bloomdale homebuilder stalls and a marquee where Bloomdale staff will answer questions about the vibrant master planned estate.

After working up a sweat on the newly installed play equipment, or after a hit-out on the custom built table tennis table, families can assist in the fundraising efforts of Diggers Rest Primary School, Diggers Rest 1st Scouts and The Lions Club by purchasing hotdogs, burgers, doughnuts and drinks.

Bloomdale developer Investa Land has sponsored the Bloomdale Family Fun Day and according to General Manager – Vic, Paul O’Brien, the event is intended as a great day out for all the community to enjoy.

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Sunbury eyes Diggers Rest township in split decision

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The Minister for Local Government Tim Bull yesterday announced that he has accepted the Sunbury out of Hume Panel report, which recommends the establishment of a new municipality, Sunbury City Council. Administrators and an interim chief executive officer will be appointed and in place by 1 July 2015 to establish and run the new council until the election of Councillors at the 2016 general council elections.

In accordance with the report, the Panel recommends the inclusion of the entire township of Diggers Rest be considered by the government at a future date , subject to residents of Diggers Rest being consulted on this matter, which might include a plebiscite of the community.

Although the township of Diggers Rest was not part of the initial ‘communities of interest’ the Consultative Committee did provide an opportunity for residents within the township of Diggers Rest to submit input to the process. It would appear from the report that both the Consultative Committee and the Government Panel have respected the views of residents who attended the listening post at Diggers Rest.

Jo Hagan, Liberal candidate for the new state seat of Sunbury said, “Following the establishment of the Sunbury City Council, and as recommended by the panel, at a future time the government will consult with and consider the inclusion of Diggers Rest”.

The Sunbury out of Hume Panel report is available at
http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/localgovernment/projects-and-programs/sunbury-out-of-hume