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MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING FOR ROTARY CLUB OF TRARALGON

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured $22,440 from the Gippsland Primary Health Network to allow the Rotary Club of Traralgon and Lifeline to provide mental health training to members of the local community. Mr Chester wrote to the Gippsland Primary...

REGIONAL AIRPORT PROGRAM TAKES OFF

Gippsland Regional Airport owners and operators will soon be able to apply for funding for safety upgrades under the Federal Government’s $100 million Regional Airports Program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said application guidelines were now...

IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR DROUGHT AFFECTED FARMERS

Drought affected farmers across Gippsland will have greater access to drought assistance with the Federal Government providing immediate support to help farming families and communities. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $33.4 million has been made...

CHESTER VISITS KURNAI COLLEGE HANDS ON LEARNING HUT

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester visited the Hands On Learning Hut at Kurnai College recently to hear from students how the program has helped them achieve. “Not every student learns the same and this program teaches students skills that are useful...

AGSHOWS GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Show societies across Gippsland are encouraged to apply for the Federal Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program (AgShows) funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions. Federal Member for...

WORKS CONTINUING TO IMPROVE SAFETY OF PRINCES HIGHWAY

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says Princes Highway works east of Orbost will help to improve road safety and boost the visitor economy. Mr Chester has secured a mix of Federal and State Government funding to build the overtaking lanes, widened road...

‘LOVE WHERE WE LIVE’ 2020 GIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION

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

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Monday, October 21st, 2019 at 2:12pm
Last week, the Australian Defence Force took centrestage, joining more than 1500 people from 13 nations for the largest ever @EdinburghTattoo in Sydney. #EdinTattoo #TYFYS @DeptDefence https://t.co/iJ9UjrSOXK https://t.co/FDps9W69cl DarrenChesterMP photo
Monday, October 21st, 2019 at 7:10am
Siblings Sergeant Bronwyn Spencer & Lance Corporal Geoff Spencer recently reunited in Afghanistan when Bronwyn visited Qargha. Bronwyn is the first Aussie female Close Personal Protection Operative in the Middle East region. #TYFYS #yourADF @DeptDefence @AustralianArmy https://t.co/MA9G9hfkpe DarrenChesterMP photo
Monday, October 21st, 2019 at 4:08am
If Marlo’s ears flapped any harder she was in danger of taking flight! So windy on 90 Mile Beach over the weekend - good to see calmer weather on the way. Desperate for a drop of rain though. @pipcourtney @nrcollard @DaniellePopeWIN @rharris334 #lovegippsland https://t.co/hNnfWTt1cO DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MPSunday, October 20th, 2019 at 2:50pm
Trained as an aviation technician, Melissa Westley served for 17 years in the Royal Australian Navy. She spent many years in Nowra as a Leading Seaman working on Sea King helicopters before taking up a number of other postings around Australia.

Melissa made the decision to transition out of the ADF back into civilian life in 2018, and now works as a facility security officer at Lockheed Martin Australia. Her new career sees her manage staff security clearances and provide security advice and information to business program areas.

Living in Canberra with her partner and two cats Stirlo and Merlo, Melissa says she likes to keep busy and spends a lot of her spare time going on walks, exploring the outdoors and traveling overseas.

Her advice to anyone thinking of transitioning is to get as much assistance in interview skills as you can.

“There are many support agencies to help you when you transition, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and do your own research. Be confident and don’t sell yourself short you will be surprised how employable you are.”

Thank you for your service, Melissa. #OurVeterans #TYFYS
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Darren Chester MPSaturday, October 19th, 2019 at 1:01pm
Roy Arthy was born in Gympie, QLD on 19 October 1919 and today he turns 100 years old.

Roy enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (Australian Army) in July 1940 and was an Acting Corporal serving with 2/25 Infantry Battalion – 7th Division. Roy served in the Ramu Valley, Medang and Gorari and was on the Kokoda track for 101 days.

Members of the Division all had nicknames which stuck and if you didn’t “suck it up” they got worse.

Roy said the best thing about serving was luck – not being hurt or killed; and the friendships and camaraderie. Roy developed some long term friendships and, except for the last 2 years, always attended the Army reunions and Anzac Day services.

His advice for younger veterans is “the more help you give, the more help you receive”.

Roy credits his long life to “good luck, farm life, eating natural foods and working hard”.

Happy birthday Roy and thank you for your service. #TYFYS #OurVeterans
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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at 10:30am
The buds are starting to bloom at the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden.

This year's festival over November 16 -17 is set to be truly spectacular, thanks to the tireless work of the volunteers at the Friends of Morwell Centenary Rose Garden.

To help ensure the festival's success the Australian Government has provided $100,000 funding for this year's festival.

I encourage everyone to make an effort and head down to enjoy the gardens during the festival.
#lovegippsland #myvalley

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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