Bolstering the Rural Financial Counselling Service

• Coalition invests a further $3.7 million in the Rural Financial Counselling Service • Boost to services facing increased demand from drought and flood affected farmers • The RFCS to extend contracts and hire additional staff to meet demand There will be more helping...


New mobile phone towers will be built at Cape Conran and Manorina (near Bellbird Creek) under round four of the Federal Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced Licola would also have improved mobile...


Drought affected farmers will be able to access detailed information and immediate assistance at a series of information sessions being held across Wellington and East Gippsland shires next week. The sessions will commence in Heyfield and Rosedale on March 26 and...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester will this week host Agriculture Minister David Littleproud on a visit to drought-affected parts of East Gippsland. The Minister with meet with individual farmers and spend time on the ground hearing first-hand about the...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has delivered on his promise of donating $2 for each person who finished ahead of him in yesterday’s DFP Recruitment Latrobe City Community Fun Run and Walk. Mr Chester, pictured with Phil Mayer from Traralgon Harriers,...


The Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is working to secure the future for a playgroup in Bairnsdale for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mr Chester recently met children, parents, play facilitator and assistants at the PlayConnect playgroup during one...

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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 2:31pm
Our trains run at a snail’s pace compared to many parts of Asia and Europe.
Can you imagine what it would be like if you could travel to Melbourne from Traralgon in less than an hour? And we had faster and more reliable services connecting travellers from Bairnsdale and Sale?
The social and economic benefits would be significant and help connect our region to more job opportunities.

While the rail services are owned and operated by the State Government, there is a role for the Federal Government in terms of regional growth and population policy.
Today the Federal Government announced $8 million to fund a business case to work out whether the faster train plan to Traralgon will stack up.

When I was Transport Minister, I secured $504 million in Federal funding for the Gippsland line but that only catches up with the work that should’ve been done years ago.
The fast train study is about building a much better service for the future.

The current travel times, coupled with infrequent and unreliable services, are not meeting our community's needs and they certainly won't meet our needs in the future.
This funding will enable planning work and studies to be done so we can work out the best way to give Gippslanders a better public transport network for the future.
#lovegippsland #myvalley
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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 10:42am
Some good news for our farmers with Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announcing a further $3.7 million for the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) on his visit to East Gippsland.
RFCS is vital for farmers facing hardship and trying to get their head around the range of assistance and programs available. Rural Finance Counsellors can provide farmers the exact information they require and refer them to other services and support programs where appropriate.
The service here in Gippsland will get an extra $230,000 to hire an additional counsellor and continue helping the many farmers across Gippsland.
More information is available at #lovegippsland
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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34am
What are you looking at?
You talking to me?
Seems Marlo and Frazer are having a staring competition!
Have a great day everyone.

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.


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

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