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BOOST FOR FARMERS EXPORTING PRODUCE INTO INDONESIA

Beef, dairy and vegetable farmers in Gippsland will benefit from increased export opportunities to Indonesia as the free trade agreement struck between Australia and one of our closest northern neighbours takes effect this week. Under the Indonesia-Australia...

ENJOY YOUR OWN GIPPSLAND ‘STAYCATION’, URGES CHESTER

Gippslanders can still explore their region and support local jobs despite the coronavirus travel restrictions imposed on Melbourne, according to local MP Darren Chester. Fresh from a ‘staycation’ of his own during the school holidays, Mr Chester said it was...

CHESTER BACKS ONE SITE FOR SALE COLLEGE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed local efforts to consolidate Sale College on one site with a new school. Mr Chester, a former student of the college, is supporting Wellington Shire Council and Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien in their campaign...

A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS FOR TRARALGON’S HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

The Traralgon courthouse has embarked on a new chapter in its colourful history, but this time there are no solicitors, prosecutors, magistrates or defendants to be seen anywhere. The 134-year-old building is gradually being re-purposed to become a welcoming, modern...

NEW STUDY OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIPPSLANDERS

Gippslanders have the opportunity to use their social distancing time to upskill and retrain during the coronavirus pandemic with a number of short courses on offer as part of the Federal Government’s Higher Education Relief Package. Federal Member for Gippsland...

LONG FIGHT FOR HIGHWAY FUNDING PAYS OFF

Gipplsanders have had a $200 million win in the long fight to secure funding for the Princes Highway duplication. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today said the Federal Government was providing $202.6 million to complete the duplication of the Princes...

‘LOVE WHERE WE LIVE’ 2020 GIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION

The Member for Gippsland has called on amateur photographers across Gippsland to photograph their favourite parts of the region and help promote the unique attractions of our towns, farms and natural landscapes.

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Monday, July 13th, 2020 at 4:30am
Maurice Zamel, born in Warsaw, Poland, is 100 today. Maurice served in the @AustralianArmy & the @AusAirForce during WWII. He felt the discipline & mateship were the best things about serving. Happy Birthday Maurice & thank you for your service. #TYFYS #OurVeterans https://t.co/87mVeZ1TPu DarrenChesterMP photo
Monday, July 13th, 2020 at 1:45am
Congratulations to Shane Phillips on being appointed as an @AusAirForce Indigenous Liaison Officer. Shane brings a vast knowledge of Indigenous culture & its many communities, & will be a great asset to #YourADF. Thank you for your service Shane. #TYFYS #OurPeople @CAF_Australia https://t.co/G6u5tc3Osj DarrenChesterMP photo
Monday, July 13th, 2020 at 12:02am
Personnel from Woodside Barracks are helping with the coronavirus response on the SA-Vic border at Mount Gambier & Berri. #YourADF is continuing to help keep us safe right across the country. #OurPeople #TYFYS https://t.co/WBfnTBtjnj DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MPMonday, July 13th, 2020 at 7:30am
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Maurice Zamel is turning 100 today.

Maurice joined the Australian Army and served from June until December 1940 as a Sergeant with the 2nd Infantry Training Battalion. He then enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in September 1942 and was serving as a Sergeant at the RAAF’s1 Recruit Depot.

Maurice felt the discipline and mateship were the best things about serving.

After the war, Maurice worked in fashion.

He credits his long life to not smoking.

Happy birthday Maurice and thank you for your service. #TYFYS #OurVeterans
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Darren Chester MPMonday, July 13th, 2020 at 1:00am
Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop is known for his courageous medical work in prisoner of war camps during the Second World War.

His son, John Dunlop, recalls that his father did not consider himself more courageous than the next man. #OneInAMillion #75Days75Stories Australian Army
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Darren Chester MPMonday, July 13th, 2020 at 12:22am
On August 15 we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 but did you know how close the conflict came to Gippsland?

We often think the war happened thousands of miles away in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, deserts of Africa, or the fields of Europe but there were dozens of incidents along the east coast. The Darwin bombings and infamous midget submarines in Sydney Harbour are quite well known, and there were also efforts to disrupt supply lines off the coast of Gippsland with merchant ships torpedoed.

Remarkably, a German U- boat raider even came this far south and is believed to have been sunk off the New South Wales-Victorian border. These stories are all told at the bunker museum in Mallacoota which has been restored thanks to the tireless effort of volunteers.

If you get the chance to visit, the museum features artefacts of the era and explains how close the war came to Gippsland.
On August 15 we will have the chance to say an enormous ‘thank you for your service’ to more than 12,000 World War 2 veterans who are still with us today.
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About Darren

Darren Chester was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Gippsland on June 26, 2008.

Darren Chester was sworn in as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC on 5 March 2018.

ABOUT GIPPSLAND

Gippsland is one of the most diverse regions in Australia and our community is dispersed across 33,000 square kilometres.

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