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A NEW ERA AT COWWARR CRICKET CLUB HOTEL

There’s a new team at the Cowwarr Cricket Club Hotel - and they’re breathing new life into the classic pub. At the helm is licensee Jarrod Michael, who’s helping fellow veterans adjust to life after military service by providing meaningful work. Federal Member for...

$2.4 MILLION EXPANSION AT GIPPSLAND LAKES COMPLETE HEALTH OPENS

Residents in East Gippsland will benefit from a multi-million dollar expansion of Gippsland Lakes Complete Health in Bairnsdale with the official opening today. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $500,000 in Federal Government funding towards the...

LOCH SPORT CIRCUIT CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN SOON

Outdoor fitness equipment will soon be installed along the Loch Sport foreshore. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $100,000 as part of the Active Gippsland initiative announced during the recent election campaign. Mr Chester said the installation of...

CHESTER SUPPORTS ABALONE FISHERMEN

Abalone fishermen across Gippsland are opposing a proposed compulsory levy of 1.5% by the Abalone Council Australia to their annual abalone catch. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is throwing his support behind abalone fishermen opposing the 1.5% levy to...

CHESTER SUPPORTS PAYNESVILLE BUSINESS AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION’S ACTIONS TO IMPROVE REGION

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is supporting Paynesville Business and Tourism Association’s ‘top 10 actions’ to improve the region. Mr Chester has congratulated the community leaders for developing a plan to make Paynesville an even better place to live,...

PROTECTING LIVESTOCK FROM WILD DOGS IN EAST GIPPSLAND

Seventy-seven kilometres of new or reinforced fencing will be erected across East Gippsland to protect livestock from wild dogs. Federal Government is providing $343,000 in rebates towards the cost of installing 35 kilometres of new fences and upgrading 42 kilometres...

‘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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Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 1:05am
27 crew members from the STS @YoungEndeavour1 just completed a voyage from Eden to Sydney under the guidance of #YourADF from the @Australian_Navy. Since 1988, nearly 14,000 young Australians have taken part in the challenging voyages offered by the program. #TYFYS @DeptDefence https://t.co/PRaTNcn2DC DarrenChesterMP photo
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at 9:15pm
Australians are facing tough times, with bushfires at home & those tragically affected by the White Island volcano disaster. I thank #YourADF for their continued support, including the @AusAirForce for their assistance to NZ in bringing injured Australians home. #TYFYS @CDF_Aust https://t.co/dN94FX4Xzy DarrenChesterMP photo
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at 8:06pm
You’ve set the challenge now @CaitlynGribbin all the #auspoldogs people have a pre-Christmas mission @lucybarbour @swrighteconomy @sclark_melbs @Bowenchris It’s tinsel time for our best friends! https://t.co/JsddX29smq
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Our family doggo Molly is not impressed with her post-grooming festive photo shoot. 🎅🏻🌲 @lucybarbour @EdwinaFarley @DarrenChesterMP @swrighteconomy @mjrowland68 https://t.co/F6IMJ34Rf9

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Darren Chester MPThursday, December 12th, 2019 at 4:35am
After being temporarily closed due to heavy rains which made the trail unsafe, the Hellfire Pass Walking Trail in Thailand has now reopened to the public. The walking trail follows the original Burma–Thailand railway from Hellfire Pass and the interpretive panels along the trail describe the service and sacrifice of those who served there during the Second World War. I would like to thank the public for their patience during the closure and advise that visitors should continue to check conditions before they travel and adhere to any warning signs. The Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs will notify the public at the earliest possible time of any future closures.

Today also marks one year since the refurbished Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre opened. The Centre was inspired by former prisoner of war Mr J G "Tom" Morris and around 180,000 people visit each year. Mr Morris was captured in the fall of Singapore in 1942 and sent to work in Burma on the Burma–Thailand railway.

Forty years later, Mr Morris returned to Thailand to locate the site of Hellfire Pass and was inspired with an idea to preserve the site. Mr Morris approached the Australian Government to have Hellfire Pass declared as an historic site, which saw the construction of the memorial there. The memorial was dedicated in 1987, before receiving further funding for the construction of the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail.

Next year marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War, if you’re in the region I would encourage you to visit the Centre and the Walking Trail to learn about those who served there. If you can’t visit in person, a reminder that Hellfire Pass is featured on the newly released stage two of the ANZAC 360 app or you can visit the Anzac Portal https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/
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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 12:34am
Debbie Squires and the team at East Gippsland Family History in Bairnsdale do some amazing research into the stories of local people over many generations.
True, some of the volunteer members make a magnificent passion fruit icing sponge cake too!
If you’re interested in research into your own family, or events and activities that shaped our region, this group is a great place to start.
The work they’ve done on locals who served in World War 1 pays enormous respect to the sacrifice of so many East Gippsland families.
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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at 3:12am
Let's make it a Great Gippsland Christmas.
The team at Betta Living in Yarram can help you with all your furniture and appliance needs.
Christmas is the perfect time to treat yourself or a loved one to a new couch, kitchen appliance or comfy recliner and staff like Vanessa are always willing to help.
While you're there pick up one of my 2020 #lovegippsland calendars.

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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