$210,000 TO HELP REVIVE GIPPSLAND’S VISITOR ECONOMY

Eight major events in Gippsland will share $210,000 to help revive local towns impacted by the summer bushfires and a drop in visitor numbers due to the coronavirus. The Bruthen Blues Arts and Music Festival, Paynesville Music Festival, Wild Harvest Seafood Festival...

LATROBE VALLEY TO POTENTIALLY BENEFIT FROM INVESTMENT IN LOW EMISSIONS TECHNOLOGY

The Latrobe Valley has been identified as a potential beneficiary of the Federal Government’s $1.9 billion investment in low emissions technology. The investment, as part of the coming Federal Budget, includes $70.2 million for a regional hydrogen export hub and $50...

MAKING WAY FOR A NEW EXHIBITION SHED AT YARRAM SHOWGROUNDS

The old exhibition shed at the Yarram Showgrounds is no more. The derelict building has been demolished and will be replaced with a new exhibition and storage shed. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $250,000 in Federal Government funding for the...

CHESTER BACKS PUSH TO FIND THE FACTS BEHIND NATIVE TIMBER DECISION

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has thrown his support behind efforts to uncover the reasons behind a State Government decision to halt all native timber logging by 2030. The Native Timber Taskforce (NTT) has lodged a Freedom of Information request to the...

CHESTER WELCOMES NBN UPGRADE

Gippslanders will have access to ultra-fast broadband as part of a $4.5 billion investment and upgrade to the National Broadband Network (NBN). The network investment will give up to 75 per cent of fixed line premises across regional and metropolitan Australia access...

FUNDING TO SUPPORT GREATER ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Two community groups in Gippsland are on their way to becoming more energy efficient after securing welcome financial help from the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester has announced the Sale Tennis Club and Heyfield’s War Memorial Hall will now be able to...

THE COLOURS OF GIPPSLAND

2021 #LOVEGIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION NOW OPEN

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Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at 4:43am
Only bit of tranquility on a day of wild weather. Big surf and spectacular evening on 90 Mile Beach at Lakes Entrance. Marlo has the beach to herself. #lovegippsland #auspoldogs @swrighteconomy @lucybarbour @sclark_melbs https://t.co/1kyGMJRJGc DarrenChesterMP photo
Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at 4:15am
Happy birthday to Roger (Brian) Winspear who is 100 today. Born in Burnie, TAS, he enlisted in the @AusAirForce in 1940, serving in Darwin & New Guinea. Brian still lives in his home, drives & regularly visits his wife Shirley in the Aged Care Facility. #TYFYS #OurVeterans https://t.co/SDGVWlvoF8 DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MPSaturday, September 26th, 2020 at 6:36am
This is Roger (Brian) Winspear and today he celebrates turning 100.

Born in Burnie, Tasmania, Brian enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force in November 1940 as a navigator and Hudson wireless air gunner. He served in Darwin and Koepang, New Guinea, with No. 2 Squadron and 100 Squadron. He was a co-pilot operating the guns, and navigating and landing planes when necessary. He survived the bombing of Darwin but received bomb splinters in his hand and eye. Twelve Hudson bombers had been sent to Darwin before the attack. Afterwards, only two were left and one was riddled with bullet holes.

Brian wrote two books about Tasmanians in the Air Force – My Back Seat War and Tasmanians at War in the Air.

Brian lives independently in his own home. He still drives and regularly visits his wife Shirley in the Aged Care Facility. He also enjoys lawn bowls and is a member of the Royal Hobart Bowling Club.

Brian credits his longevity to his love of milk, a handful of nuts daily and having ‘lots of stairs in your house’.

Happy birthday Brian and thank you for your service.

#TYFYS #OurVeterans
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Darren Chester MPFriday, September 25th, 2020 at 10:34pm
Putting locals first...

My Gippsland pub crawl is continuing with a visit last night to one of my favourites, the Mallacoota Hotel.
I went for the pepper steak and Julie had the pork belly - both magnificent.

It’s good to see more businesses able to open up with COVID safe plans in place. If you are in position to support a local coffee shop, restaurant or hotel - please take the opportunity.

Guess we’re in for a long walk this morning!
#lovegippsland
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Darren Chester MPFriday, September 25th, 2020 at 6:22am
Legendary Gippslanders…
No one would argue that Shaun Braybrook doesn’t qualify for Legendary Gippslander status, when you look at what he has contributed in the 14 years he has been living and working in Won Wron at Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place. He is a proud Wurundjeri man.
Shaun is the manager at Wulgunggo Ngalu, a voluntary diversional program for aboriginal men who have been through the Koori Court and given correctional orders. Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place offers programs that will help them reconnect with their culture and the community.
Shaun came to Gippsland in 2006 and his job was to oversee the building of Wulgunggo Ngalu, on the old Won Wron prison site, and to liaise with the local community about what Wulgunggo Ngalu was. The facility became operational in 2008 and through Shaun’s engagement has been embraced by the region.
In the 14 years that Shaun has lived in the Won Wron community, he has not only helped the young indigenous men who came to Wulgunggo Ngalu, he has been a true leader in the local community. In 2011 he joined the Yarram and District Health Service Board and in August this year was appointed as the board’s chairperson. In 2019 Shaun was awarded an Australia Corrections Medal for his services to correctional services.
He shares his culture with the local community at many special events and hosts the annual NAIDOC celebrations at his local football netball club. Shaun, his partner Marinda and their four children love where they live.
Well done Shaun, we’re lucky to have you in Gippsland.
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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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