Budgetary funding update

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the section 223 budget submission seeking recurrent funding to assist the Diggers Rest Community Carols event.

In total, 154 votes were recorded during the local online survey, 148 in support of the submission and 6 against. A number of residents took the time out to provide feedback which was used as part of the presentation process at Council.

Whilst we wait for an official decision from Melton City Council, we can be quietly confident that the presentation went well and our elected representatives will respect the wishes of residents and hopefully make the funding available.

Special thank you to Maree Welshe from the Diggers Rest Fire Brigade for assisting with the presentation at Council on Tuesday night.

View online voting results here:
https://www.poll-maker.com/poll1031538x0C4B8986-43

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.

Use the following facebook link to connect with others on this topic:
http://www.facebook.com/diggersrest/posts/1505413156187849

Houdini’s help brew cash for cancer

Yesterday the Community of Diggers Rest held their third annual Biggest Morning Tea at Houdini’s Café e Cucina.

The event was very well patronised, with in excess of 60 people filling the restaurant.

Melton City Council Mayor, Cr Sophie Ramsey conducted the live charity auction.

Fellow Councillors Cr. Lara Carli, Cr. Melissa DeSantis, Cr. Ken Hardy and Cr. Michelle Mendes showed their support by attending.

The initiative coincides with the Cancer Council Victoria Biggest Morning Tea program which aims to raise funds for cancer research and prevention programs.

The full ticket price of $20.00 per person is donated to Cancer Council Victoria together with the money collected from the prize wheel and live auction.

On this occasion $3,300 was raised, making a grand total of more than $6,700 raised since May 2015.

Without the help of local business and community minded residents, this fundraiser would not continue to grow.

The efforts of everyone involved is always greatly appreciated.

Use the following link to view the photo album Captured by Coops.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/diggersrest/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1507038549358643

Join the facebook market place today…

The creation of facebook market place has helped to deliver a new paradigm for those who just love to buy, swap and sell.

Traditionally, avid bargain hunters trawled through the many facebook buy, swap and sell pages and groups looking for that certain something.

Late last year, facebook launched the “Market Place” which is a one stop destination for anyone looking to trade online or just simply have some fun.

The market place is great for communities and the interface allows for localised searching, making it very easy to find stuff for sale in your neighbourhood.

It also saves the task of monitoring a swag of buy, swap and sell groups and pages, keeping feeds and notifications to a minimum.

Use the following link to start discovering the facebook market place for yourself.
http://www.facebook.com/marketplace/

Houdini’s land model plane

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Houdini’s Café e Cucina in Diggers Rest.

Diggers Rest is well known for the First Powered Controlled flight of an aircraft in Australia by the famous escapologist Harry Houdini in 1910.

In 2010, the community in partnership with Melton Council celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the original flight paying tribute to the pilot Harry Houdini.

Named the “Festival of Flight”, the three day event produced two scale model replicas of Houdini’s Voisin bi-plane.

One was the model built by local Bacchus Marsh aviation enthusiast the late Gary Sunderland.

The model was gifted to the Diggers Rest History Project by Melton historian Graeme Minns and is now on display at Houdini’s Café e Cucina in Diggers Rest.

Use the following link to be part of the conversation on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/diggersrest/posts/1490558447673320

Savvy buyers to do more research

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.

Funds to bring Christmas cheer

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.

Please feel free to provide feedback and respond to our poll using the following link:
https://goo.gl/4kq5hY

CFA family fun day

Here’s a great chance to enjoy some quality family time with the kids whilst supporting our local volunteer fire brigade.

The first CFA fun day was held in 2010 and this year the event promises to be bigger than ever.

Not surprisingly, Captain Koala will be visiting Diggers Rest that day and it’s anticipated that he will be spending some time at the event.

Some of the planned festivities will include, Giant Jenga, Face Painting, Jumping Castle and fire related activities.

Delicious Egg & Bacon sandwiches will be available for purchase together with a Sausage Sizzle ready to extinguish those hunger pains.

Don’t let the kids miss out on the Easter Egg Hunt which is scheduled to start at 1:45pm.

Click here to download a colouring completion entry form.

Completed forms can be dropped into the letterbox at the fire station, or simply brought along on the day.

Winning entries will be announced at 1:30pm and winners will need to be on hand to collect their prizes.

Everything kicks off at 9:30am through to 3:30pm at the Diggers Rest Primary School, Plumpton Road Diggers Rest.

Saturday April 1, 2017

For additional information, use the following link to download an A4 flier.
http://www.diggersrest.com/files/pdf/2017/cfa-fun-day_2017.pdf

SHOPportunity knocks

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.

Please feel free to contribute to the process via the following facebook link:
http://www.facebook.com/diggersrest/posts/1434508223278343

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:
http://www.keepmeposted.org.au