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Diggers Rest

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Diggers Rest is 2,448, with a population density of 0.45 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Diggers Rest is bounded by Macedon Ranges Shire in the north, the Calder Freeway in the east, Holden Road in the south, and the Kororoit Creek West Branch in the west.

Name origin

Diggers Rest was named to describe the area - a camping place between Melbourne and the central goldfields to the north-east.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, when the township of Diggers Rest was established as a stopping place on the road to the Bendigo goldfields. Land was used mainly for pastoral and agricultural purposes. The township grew in the 1870s and 1880s. The Royal Australian Army had a Signals base in the area from the 1940s until the 1960s. The most significant development occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. The population increased gradually during the 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area. The population then declined slightly between 2001 and 2011 as few new dwellings were added and the average number of persons living in each dwelling declined.

Land use

Diggers Rest is a predominantly rural area, with urban areas in the township. Rural land is used mainly for farming and horse studs.

Major features

Major features of the area include Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve, Norm Raven Reserve, Stan Payne Reserve, Russo Estate, Houdini's Flight Monument, Diggers Rest Community Hall, the Diggers Rest railway station and Diggers Rest Primary School.

Included areas

This area encompasses the City of Melton part of the locality of Diggers Rest, with the remaining part of the locality located in Hume City.