An article published in the Sunbury Leader entitled “Buyers awake to Diggers Rest potential”, (April 18, 2017 – Page 16) raises some concerns about perceptions of Diggers Rest for the future.
It does seem that many new residents are comparing future growth possibilities with those previously seen in areas like Sydenham and Taylors Lakes for example.
Whilst Diggers Rest is within the expanded Sunbury Growth Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and has excellent connections to the Calder freeway, prospective buyers need to understand that any additional growth is limited by the UGB, Green Wedge Zones and Melbourne Airport Environs Overlays.
These constraints have been the main contributor to the township being dormant for so long prior to now.
Talk of developing infrastructure and shopping centres are all population driven and given the limited growth capacity of Diggers Rest, may not deliver the level of services anticipated or consistent with the current increase in real estate prices.
Diggers Rest is well serviced by Sunbury and Watergardens shopping centres, each only one train stop away in either direction.
It may be sometime before the population of Diggers Rest will sustain a full-line supermarket and shopping centre.
In accordance with State Government policy, any additional expansions of the UGB will need to remain sympathetic toward the curfew free operations at Melbourne Airport.
Last night at the Ordinary Meeting of Council, Melton City Councillors voted to contribute $40,000 toward the Carols by Candlelight event for Caroline Springs.
It’s understood the funding will be made available to INChurch Melbourne who have successfully hosted a Carols by Candlelight event at Caroline Springs for the past 2 years.
This funding is in addition to the $63,900 allocated in the draft budget to deliver the Carols by Candlelight event at Hannah Watts Park in the Melton township.
Each year the Diggers Rest Primary School host a Community Carols Night in Diggers Rest, which was once well supported by Melton Council.
Although Diggers Rest forms part of the Melton Municipality, many residents feel detached from main stream Melton given its geographical location.
Since Council withdrew its support in 2012, the Diggers Rest event has been primarily funded through the generosity of local developers.
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The vacant land located at 32 Old Calder Highway Diggers Rest has recently been sold and the purchaser intends to develop the land and maximise its full potential.
The area is situated on the eastern side of the Old Calder Highway, approximately 140 metres north of the railway crossing.
In May 2009, the land was rezoned from residential to mixed use.
It’s understood that a full-line supermarket is proposed to be built in the developing Bloomdale Estate.
However, this site offers some exceptional opportunities for Diggers Rest especially given its within close proximity to the railway station.
Some of the possible options for the land could include, a supermarket, speciality retail shops, food services, speciality medical facilities, childcare facilities and residential development.
Development of this site should help to deliver much needed retail and community services to the township.
The mixed use nature of the land may help to incorporate some “small office – home office” style urban dwellings, which could attract some localised employment opportunities for residents.
Hopefully, maximising the potential of the mixed use will contribute toward the overall economic sustainability of the township.
The establishment of Houdini’s Café e Cucina is testament to the ability to attract new business from beyond the 3427 postcode.
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Contracts which run Melbourne’s extensive bus network are set to be overhauled.
Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allan (MP) announced last week that the Government will negotiate new contracts with 12 metropolitan bus operators.
The Government claims the current contracts are old and inflexible and in many cases not meeting the changing needs of passengers.
The overhaul is anticipated to pave the way for better services.
In 2009, the local 483 bus service which links Sunbury to Moonee Ponds, was to be reduced, in a similar review process.
At that time, residents rallied to save their service which was expected to be scaled down and redirected via Melbourne Airport.
The 483 route provides services to Niddrie, Essendon and Moonee Ponds. It delivers vital transport options for young people who work at the KFC and McDonald’s restaurants at the Calder Park Service Centres.
According to local opinion, the current service is not very well patronised.
Gary Sunderland was well known in the Australian Aviation Industry as an aeronautical engineer, glider and light aircraft pilot, model aircraft enthusiast and WW1 aviation historian.
As part of the 2010 Houdini Festival of Flight celebrations in Diggers Rest, Gary built a flying scale model of the original biplane flown by famous escapologist Harry Houdini.
Sadly, Gary passed away suddenly on Thursday November 3, 2016 at the age of 82.
At the time of his death, he was doing what he loved, flying model aircraft at the model field in Parwan, near Melton.
The community of Diggers Rest will be forever grateful for his participation and efforts during the Festival of Flight festivities.
His now famous model biplane has been donated to the Diggers Rest History Group and hopefully will soon be a permanent feature at Houdinis Café E Cucina in Diggers Rest.
Gary’s funeral was held yesterday and our thoughts are with his family during this sad time.
Despite all promises by the former Brumby Labor Government to provide additional services to Diggers Rest as part of the $270 million upgrade to the Sunbury line, the toilets and waiting rooms will stay locked.
In response to a recent letter from Melton City Council, the Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allen MP, said “I appreciate your continued concerns that the facilities at Diggers Rest Station remain closed. As you are aware, PTV (Public Transport Victoria) advised that the decision to staff a station is based on passenger numbers. PTV confirmed that there are no plans to open the waiting room and toilets at Diggers Rest station or to staff the station, until passenger numbers increase”.
Anecdotal evidence would indicate that patronage at the station continues to grow with the significant number of commuters using the station and Park-n-Ride facilities.
The facilities currently being offered by PTV do not reflect those of a premier “Park-n-Ride” station and are not in accordance with expectations of residents during the planning phase.
The Minister seems reluctant to provide any further indication to Council with respect to when the waiting room and public toilet facilities will be made available to commuters.
Today, avid property buyers queued to secure their slice of paradise in the growing Diggers Rest Bloomdale Estate.
The early release of Stage 19 had lots starting from $162,900.
Stephen Gochman, new home consultant for Simonds Homes provided prospective buyers with a range of early bird deals, whilst Emma Bailey, sales consultant for Bright Homes Constructions (bhc) was praised for her exceptional one-on-one service.
Carmen and Philip Edwards, are soon to call Diggers Rest home after snapping up their piece of soil in the first come, first served sales frenzy.
Lots in the “Paddock Release” are expected to be titled in May 2017.
Cyber attack in our local area is becoming wide spread and more frequent, especially against business.
Recently, our website was compromised by hackers looking to extract data relating to residents living in Diggers Rest. Fortunately, we do not store sensitive information online.
However, as a result some of our hosted domains remain inactive. It’s important when using the internet that you refrain from using the “unsubscribe” link provided in emails. This link can easily be redirected to malicious spyware or malware.
Always protect your “date of birth”. In Australia, this is your passport to many services and utilities and acts as a personal identifier. It’s rather nice to get a friendly facebook birthday greeting. However, your birth date could provide an ideal opportunity to become a victim of cyber crime.
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Wafer thin editions, a reduction in real estate content and the decision to withdraw household deliveries to Diggers Rest were all signs that our local Melton Leader may be coming to an end.
Leader Community News have announced that after 17 years “this newspaper will be no more”.
The news group plan to focus on publications which provide greater potential for future commercial success and audience growth.
During its lifetime, the local Melton Leader has been an important and reliable publication for the Melton municipality, especially in Diggers Rest.
DiggersRest.com is sincerely grateful for the support and dedication with local news stories and issues concerning our community.
This support would not have been possible without the genuine commitment of the editor, Paige Ricci and news journalist Ami Humpage.
The final edition is expected to be available on June 27, 2016.
An incident involving a truck at the Diggers Rest railway crossing last Friday morning has sparked renewed calls for planned safety works to be undertaken.
According to Melton City Council, “when the existing railway station upgrade occurred Council sought for the State Government project team to look at improving the pedestrian connectivity adjacent the railway station at this location. However such works were not within the scope of the railway project. It should be noted to date the intersection has operated safely for both pedestrians and vehicles however the LATM (Local Area Traffic Management) study further investigated the intersection and proposed two options being and ‘interim’ and ‘ultimate’ treatment to further improve all safety aspects as traffic volumes increase”.
The LATM report concluded that modifications are required to improve the safety and functionality of the Welcome Road and Diggers Rest – Coimadai Road intersection, especially given its close proximity to the railway crossing.
Interim treatment involves the removal of right turn traffic into Welcome Road therefore restricting vehicles from queuing back onto the railway crossing which has been identified as a significant safety concern. It’s expected that this will also improve pedestrian access with one less traffic movement for pedestrians to negotiate when crossing the road.
Following the interim treatment, Council will continue to monitor traffic as part of its monitoring program. This treatment may provide an effective solution and may not trigger the ultimate treatment, which is the permanent closure of Welcome Road.
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