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RESEARCH GRANT TO BENEFIT GIPPSLAND UNI STUDENTS

February 4, 2016

Gippsland’s Federation University Australia will use a Federal Government grant to learn more about the barriers facing disadvantaged students in accessing tertiary education.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Turnbull Government’s investment under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP) National Priority Pool projects would help more students from low-socio economic status backgrounds benefit from tertiary education.

“A university degree can open up new opportunities for country students, but unfortunately some students do not enjoy a level playing field when it comes to successfully completing that degree,” Mr Chester said.

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LOVE GIPPSLAND STRONGER COMMUNITIES GRANTS PROGRAM

Not-for-profit groups across Gippsland are invited to submit applications for the second round of a Federal Government small-grants program.

Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said round two of the ‘#lovegippsland’ Stronger Community Program (SCP) was now open and he encouraged those who missed out on the first round to apply.

A total of $150,000 will be made available across the Gippsland electorate for small-scale projects that can be matched with dollar-for-dollar or in-kind funding support.

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WORKING TOWARDS A SOLUTION FOR EAST GIPPSLAND TELEVISION RECEPTION PROBLEMS

January 18, 2016

Work is underway to fix television reception problems in East Gippsland, after residents reported regular interference and drop outs.
 
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester took local residents’ complaints to the Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield, who asked the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to investigate.
 
Mr Chester said ACMA was aware of the recent technical issues with a broadcast site in Bairnsdale, which is believed to be the source of most television signal drop outs in areas including Lakes Entrance, Orbost, Cann River, Genoa and Mallacoota.
 

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CONTRACT AWARDED FOR MURRUNGOWAR REST AREA WORKS

January 18, 2016

Works to provide a significant upgrade to the rest area site at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Murrungowar Road in East Gippsland will start soon, following the awarding of the construction contract.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Fowlers Asphalting Pty Ltd has been awarded the construction contract to upgrade the rest area east of Orbost.

“This $3.38 million project is being funded under the Investment Road and Rail programme and will upgrade the popular rest stop by improving access and amenities and providing segregated parking areas for cars and heavy vehicles,” Mr Truss said.

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COMMENT: TIME FOR A NATIONAL APPROACH TO ROAD TOLL

Proposals to double demerit points or increase fines for drivers who break the law in an attempt to reduce the road toll are too simplistic and just let governments off the hook.

Driver behaviour is a critical element in road trauma but it’s too easy for governments to always blame drivers and launch advertising campaigns or police blitzes with little regard for improving the safety of the road network and the quality of cars people drive.

The research is clear: safer drivers, in safer cars, on safer roads will save lives and reduce serious injuries.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH TESTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE COVERED BY MEDICARE

January 7, 2016

The Australian Government has moved to assure Gippsland women there are no changes to Medicare benefits for physical pap smear examinations performed by a GP or specialist.
 
There will also be no reduction in the dollar-value of the Medicare rebate a patient receives to undertake associated pathology tests.
 
News reports this week led some people to claim there would be a cut to the Medicare rebate received for these important health tests.

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LANDCARE PROJECT TO PROTECT RAINFOREST AREAS NEAR LAKE TYERS

December 23, 2015

A patch of protected littoral rainforest at Lake Tyers Beach will be restored with the help of local community groups.

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Federal Government had allocated $20,500 under the National Landcare Programme to the Lake Tyers Coastal Rainforest Recovery project, which will restore highly-degraded areas of foreshore.

The revegetation project will be led by East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Network (EGRCMN), in partnership with East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (EGCMA).

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