Live local, buy local

It’s often said that buying local and supporting local traders helps to build a vibrant localised economy.

Diggers Rest is currently experiencing unprecedented growth, primarily due to the expanded Sunbury Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) which now includes the Diggers Rest township.

For many years Diggers Rest was unable to obtain an increase in population large enough to sustain some basic day-to-day services.

Although Diggers Rest is still constrained by the UGB, Airport overlay and Green Wedge, it now has the capacity to deliver a range of much need amenities for residents.

In recent weeks there has been considerable interest in promoting local business networks within the Diggers Rest catchment.

Unfortunately, Diggers Rest is not like other small townships and does not have a “main street”, community hub type location were locals can meet and greet.

Much of the focus is directed toward the emerging work from home, small office – home office culture which includes landscape gardeners, accountants, hairdressers, plumbers, electricians and the like.

Local resident Renee Edwards Creek has established a Facebook group to help engage directly with local business with the emphasis on thinking local first.

The Diggers Rest Community Facebook Group has introduced a local business document, supporting local business as part of their group.

Diggers Liquor, grand opening

If you’ve been waiting for the new bottle shop to open, then wait no more.

This Thursday from 11:00am the new Diggers Liquor store will open it’s doors and be ready for business.

The store is part of Liquor Stax, a large group of family owned and operated community based hotels and bottle shops.

Liquor Stax pride themselves on offering their customers the most complete range of beer, wine, spirits and ready to drink’s at the best possible price.

Just in time for the Melbourne Cup carnival, the grand opening promises not to disappoint.

Be sure to join in on the festivities and grab some fine wines for the long weekend, at prices well worth bottling.

Diggers Liquor
29 Cradle Road,
Diggers Rest
8732 8328

Trading 7 Days a week 10:00am to 9:00pm


Tourist farms in high demand

There’s no doubt that Diggers Rest is slowly becoming the gateway to the Macedon Ranges.

Spread across the municipalities of Melton and Hume and separated by the Calder Freeway, Diggers Rest is ideally placed to offer tourists a unique place to stop.

Diggers Rest was once the resting place for gold miners making their way to the gold fields in the 1800’s.

Macedon Ranges is currently experiencing rapid growth in the tourism sector and Diggers Rest has an opportunity to share in this success.

It could be time to cash-in on the growing popularity of “Farm Stay” accommodation and adapt your rural country property to a family-focused, interactive holiday destination.

Downunder Farmstays is urgently looking for Farmstay hosts to help fill the growing demand for small acreage B&B hobby or working farms with animals within 1.5 hours of Kyneton and Ballarat.

The Farmstays are a rewarding experience for guests and the hosting family.

Get well paid to host student or family groups from the Asian region.

More information is available via the following link:

Security, it’s the talk of the town


It won’t take long to discover that everyone is talking about personal security and property protection.

Diggers Rest residents will host a crime prevention forum in the coming week with the idea of establishing a Neighbourhood Watch type program for the township.

Electrical and Security Services business, NovaTech offer a range of home and business security packages. These include, movement sensors, day and night vision cameras, visual deterrents such as security lighting and automated intrusion reporting.

What’s more, NovaTech is a locally owned business specialising in domestic and commercial security solutions and is a registered electrical contractor.

Technology is always advancing, NovaTech can provide all your security needs.

So, visit their facebook page or give Daniel Duncan a call on 0431 211 552.

Winners are grinners


Local resident Les Elso was the lucky winner of the Pharmacy Choice Hot Prices Sale Promotion in July.

The Victorian wide promotion provided Diggers Rest Pharmacy patrons with a chance to win 1 of 5 Sony Playstation4 modules. Well done Les.

Check out the current promotion, “win 1 of 5 $1,000 pre-paid Visa Cards”

Visit the Diggers Rest Pharmacy today for details.

Nails on Calder

Nails On Calder is a Nail Salon operating in the Diggers Rest.
Nail enhancements, Manicures, and Pedicures are a specialty.
A Waxing and Spray Tanning service is also available.

Joanne Heffernan
121 Calder Highway,
Diggers Rest Victoria 3427

Ph: 0400 830 829

Animal Land Childrens Farm

Animal Land was originally established on 15th October 1985 .

Our Goals are to provide children a wonderful place to learn about farm animals.

Animal land has been specifically set up to give children that real hands on farming experience.Children can only learn so much in the class room. Here they get to scratch, feel, smell and hear all the experiences of life on a farm.
From the moment you arrive you will be treated with that friendly country welcome .

We started opening only in the last term of the year with a couple of kinders and schools. Now we have over 7500 visitors per annum. These include schools, kinders, playgoups, social groups, birthday parties, Christmas break ups and open days to the general public.

Over the years there has been a lot of changes and we have plans for more. Check out some of the old and new photos we have found in the photo gallery.

If you have any old animal land photos you would like to share with us drop us an email and we will include them.

190 Duncans Lane
Diggers Rest
9740 1345

Animal Land Website