Keep me posted, says Councillor

At the last ordinary meeting of Council, Melton City Councillor, Steve Abboushi urged Council and residents to support the “Keep Me Posted” initiative.

Keep me Posted is a campaign advocating for the right of every Australian to choose, free of charge, how they receive important information.

More and more, business and service providers are restricting access to paper bills and statements.

The campaign is well supported by interest groups, charities, political representatives and businesses who represent Australians disadvantaged by the lack of choice, or who simply do not agree with the status quo.

Many Australians prefer to receive their invoices and bank statements on paper due to reasons such as, lack of internet access, digital abilities, security concerns with online fraud or simply for convenience.

Others prefer email for practical reasons. Either way, it’s important that Australians have the right to choose.

For more information regarding the initiative, please visit the following link:

Stormwater works, welcomed

Property owners in Welcome Road and Mullock Road will be pleased to know that drainage works have commenced as an ultimate solution to the existing flooding issue in the area.

In the past, a number of property owners have experienced flooding during major storm events.

As part of the St Genevieve residential development, the developers are providing a retarding basin (wetland) at the rear portion of the Norm Raven Reserve.

It’s understood the wetlands will be completed to a high standard and will provide a fantastic open space for current and future residents to enjoy.

Council election 2016

Ten candidates have nominated for Watts Ward in the City of Melton 2016 Victorian Local Government elections.

One of our current serving Councillors have nominated for re-election in a different ward.

The township of Diggers Rest within the City of Melton is represented by Watts Ward, whilst the area of Diggers Rest in the City of Hume is represented by Jacksons Creek Ward.

Use the following links to the VEC website if you’d like to learn more about the candidates.

Don’t worry, you’ll not need to attend a polling place. Most Council elections are achieved through postal ballots.

Mail out of ballot packs are expected to begin on October 4, 2016.

Although the official election day is October 22, 2016, completed ballot papers must be returned no later than Friday October 21, 2016.

Ballot packs will include a 200 word statement from each candidate to help with your voting decision.

Residents and ratepayers are required to vote in Council elections. If you are registered to vote on the electoral roll, then voting is compulsory.

For more information on elections please visit the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).

Free snake removal program, renewed

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At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held last night, Melton City Council voted to extend the trial Snake Removal Program for a further 12 months.

The trial was considered effective and 25% of call-outs resulted in the removal and relocation of a snake.

In most cases, snakes were removed from within the areas of Burnside, Caroline Springs, Hillside and Ravenhall.

Councils decision to extend the trial will enable the program to be accessible over the coming warmer months which are traditionally notorious for snake activity as snakes come out of hibernation.

Although the weather conditions have been cold, some snake sightings close to Diggers Rest have already been reported.

Access to the free removal program is subject to conditions and may not be available to residents living on rural or semi-rural properties. It’s understood that industrial properties are not included in the program.

Residents should be mindful of the types of landscaping and vegetation which typically attract snakes. Use the following link to download a fact sheet produced by Zoos Victoria, entitled “Snakes around the home”

Requests for a snake catcher by residents will only be responded to if the snake is clearly visible and the property owner provides authorisation to remove the snake.

For more information, or to report a snake, call Council on 9747 7200.

Call on youth to be heard

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Despite all good intentions, for some time now Melton City Council has not successfully delivered on youth engagement in Diggers Rest.

Unfortunately, many residents aged 12 to 25 are disenfranchised from Council based activities and programs. Most secondary school aged residents living in Diggers Rest attend school outside the Melton municipality. The township of Diggers Rest has no direct transport links to its municipal central business district.

Melton Youth Services offer a range of quality youth specific programs through the Melton Youth Centre, Barries Road, Melton and Taylors Hill Youth and Community Centre, Calder Park Drive, Taylors Hill.

Melton Youth Services are seeking feedback from young people to help shape services and programs to meet the needs of young people in our local community.

An online survey is currently available for young people aged 12 to 25 living within the Melton municipality. This is an ideal opportunity for young people to have a say about what services, programs and events they would like to see on offer.

Use the following link to participate in the survey:

It’s understood the survey will be active until September 6, 2016.

Diggers Rest fairs well in city spend


Councillors have endorsed the 2016/17 Draft Budget at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday night, capping rates at 2.5% increase.

Council is planning $60,000 worth of footpath repairs for the township plus an amount of $50,000 to upgrade the Diggers Rest Recreational Reserve Master Plan.

In the past five years, Council has spent approximately $1m on Capital Projects within the township. It is proposed in Councils current Capital Works Program to spend $47m over the next 10 years.

Residents under the local government act 1989 can still make a submission to the budget. Written submissions close on Tuesday May 31, 2016 at 5:00pm and should be addressed to the Chief Executive and emailed to or posted to P.O. Box 21 Melton 3337.

Use the following link for additional information:

Stand for Council in 2016


Seventy-eight Victorian Councils will hold elections in October 2016, this will include the Melton City Council.

We often hear that old cliché that “our elected representatives do nothing for us”.

Well, here’s your chance to stand for Council.

Local Council elections are held every four years on the forth Saturday in October.

The next general election for Local Government will be held on Saturday October 22, 2016.

By standing for Council, you will have the opportunity to work with your community, advocate and improve infrastructure and local amenity and build stronger and more engaged communities.

Information on Council elections, how to vote and how to stand as a candidate can be found at:

Birds of a feather, Corella together


In recent years Diggers Rest has become a popular destination for Corella’s during the roosting season. This year is no different. Further to last year’s Corella roosting season, Melton City Council has established a Corella working group to investigate future Corella management within the City.

Mixed emotions exist amongst the locals in regard to the impact of Corella roosting behavior in Diggers Rest. This is consistent with other communities which have experienced Corella roosting over prolonged periods, such as South Australia and the Wimmera district.

It is understood that the Melton City Council intends to develop and undertake a community awareness campaign during the 2015/16 roosting season, which will include a community engagement framework.

For additional information, contact Melton City Council (Manager Operations).

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Step out and stay fit


June this year, Melton City Council announced the installation of exercise stations at our most popular reserves in the municipality. These are Navan Park, West Melton and Lake Caroline Reserve, Caroline Springs.

The equipment was funded jointly by the State Government and Melton City Council.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the health benefits whilst out and about in our community.

For sometime now, some residents have expressed a desire to see similar equipment installed in Diggers Rest.

Additional information is available via the following link:

Council set to give roundabout a makeover.

Last night at the ordinary meeting of Council, Melton City Council approved the budget for 2015/16 which includes landscaping works on the Calder Highway, Bulla interchange roundabout.

The funds will form part of Council’s recurrently funded street beautification program and is subject to VicRoads approval.