IMPROVED BROADBAND IN GIPPSLAND

Households in Sale and Bairnsdale will soon have access to higher speed internet as the National Broadband Network (NBN) continues upgrades across Gippsland. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said parts of Sale and Bairnsdale would be included in the latest tranche...

WELLINGTON BUSINESSES ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER POWER OUTAGE PAYMENTS

Financial assistance is now available for businesses in Wellington that experienced prolonged power outages after severe storms on October 29, 2021. Local MP Darren Chester said the Prolonged Power Outage Support Payment would help businesses that were without power...

NO MORE EXCUSES FOR BUSHFIRE RECOVERY DELAYS

All levels of government have been challenged to stop making excuses and get on with the job of delivering bushfire recovery projects in East Gippsland. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has told Federal Parliament that he is frustrated by the failures to...

LOCAL BIKE RIDERS SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES

What started as a bike ride with a few friends has turned into a group of over 100 members from across East Gippsland. Local MP Darren Chester recently met with members of These Girls & Boys Can Ride and presented them with ‘100% Authentic Gippslander’ t-shirts in...

STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS: BLUE TREE PROJECT

 Just recently, Ian Venables and members of the Alberton West fire brigade used donated paint from their local Mitre 10 to paint a dead tree blue on a picnic reserve located near Yarram. It's one of almost 700 trees painted to start a conversation about mental health...

STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS: VICTORIA ANDREWS GOVERNMENT

I rise to highlight my ongoing concern with the Victorian Labor government's ill-conceived and illogical plans to abolish native timber harvesting in Victoria. It's a plan to destroy a viable industry and throw families into poverty. It's another Labor plan that...

DASMA TO INNOVATE WASTE MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES

A Morwell based company will develop and incorporate new processes of utilising recovered materials across the supply chain thanks to Federal Government funding. DASMA Environmental has received $2.1 million as part of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P)...

2022 #LOVEGIPPSLAND CALENDAR WINNERS

Local MP Darren Chester has announced the three winners of the 2022 #lovegippsland calendar competition. The three winning images include a group of wrens taken by Sarah Nation of Cann River, grass trees at Cape Conran taken by Terry Russell of Orbost and a crisp...

LOCAL GALLERY GIVING LOCAL ARTISTS A CHANCE

A gallery at Wairewa is giving local artists a chance to exhibit their work as the region recovers from the Black Summer bushfires. Local MP Darren Chester (pictured) has congratulated owners, Elizabeth and Brian Blakeman for their energy, enthusiasm and community...

FUNDING BOOST FOR AGED CARE IN WELLINGTON

Two aged care facilities in Wellington will benefit from funding as part of the 2020 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR). Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the two facilities would improve care capacity and capabilities. “Laurina Lodge in Heyfield has...

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Darren Chester MPWednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 10:22pm
One of these ageing structures is running a marathon on Sunday... the other one is the Traralgon Post Office!

Just finished my final training run around the streets of Traralgon and thanks to the team at Café Evviva for the revitalising coffee.

Cafe Evviva is opening six nights a week throughout December - perfect for pre-Christmas catch-ups with friends.

Of course, they are also open for breakfast and lunch: great food, great coffee, great service.

Please keep putting locals first and supporting local jobs across Gippsland.

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Darren Chester MPWednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 8:30pm
My cousin Gavin has been recognised by his peers for a lifetime of achievement in his sport.

When I first ran for Federal Parliament, I was regularly asked if I was still riding? When you consider I bounce around like a bag of spuds in a saddle, it was an insult to Gavin!

A natural horseman, larrikin and world-recognised course designer, Gavin has entertained crowds throughout the world during his show jumping career. An Olympian and winner of countless international events, the kid from Combienbar deserves this high accolade.

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Darren Chester MPWednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 9:25am
Happy 100th birthday to Catherine McFarland (nee Perry), who was born in Collingwood on 8 December 1921.

Before the Second World War, Catherine was working as a machinist at a local raincoat manufacturer, C E Beeston. The factory converted to making flotation garments for air force pilots, but on Catherine’s 21st birthday, a factory fire saw production end.

Catherine then decided to sign up for the Australian Women’s Army Service. She was stationed in Brisbane as a signalwoman, where she worked shifts intercepting and deciphering signals and codes.

After serving until January 1946, Catherine returned home, and to her job at Beeston’s, which was once again manufacturing wet weather garments.

Soon after, she married Len McFarland who had served in the Australian Army with 2/9th Field Company RAE. They settled into a war services home in Reservoir, where they happily raised two daughters and lovingly nurtured six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Catherine feels blessed to still be living in this home today. Len sadly passed away in May 2009.

As well as saying “thank you” to serving personnel, Catherine would like to offer some simple advice: cherish and nurture each other; always look for peaceful options first; and maintain a sense of playfulness and a good sense of humour!

Catherine credits her long life to good luck, good genes, loving and supportive family and friends, and the tenacity that comes from growing up in a place like Collingwood!

Thank you for your service.

Details provided by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

About Darren

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

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

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