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Gippsland timber industry workers and business owners need to remain united to fight the Andrews Labor Government’s ban on native hardwood logging, according to Federal MP Darren Chester. The Member for Gippsland attended the annual Victorian Association of Forest...


A $100,000 upgrade of the East Gippsland Rail Trail has been completed in time for the busy summer holiday period thanks to a Federal Government grant. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has congratulated the rail trail committee for moving quickly to secure...


An early morning captured at Bastion Point in Mallacoota has won the 2020 #lovegippsland calendar competition, organised by Federal MP Darren Chester. The winning photo, taken by Martin Ascher of Mallacoota, was chosen from more than 350 entries. Geoff Parrington...


A $500,000 redevelopment of facilities at the Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve will deliver long term benefits for junior and senior sportspeople, according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester inspected progress on the new change rooms and was...


Drought-affected communities in Gippsland now have a chance to bid for a share of $200 million from the Federal Government to support infrastructure projects and community-building initiatives. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said round four of the...


Drought-hit communities and farmers in Gippsland will get a significant boost from the Federal Government’s $709 million drought relief package. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the package was designed to support both Gippsland farmers and the surrounding...


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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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at 7:52pm
From 6-18 Nov, the ADF Volleyball Association held the Combined Services Tournament at Hawkesbury Stadium & RAAF Base Richmond. 150 personnel from #YourADF along with international military teams competed in indoor, beach & seated volleyball. #TYFYS @DeptDefence @ymcansw https://t.co/PJszZVyof2 DarrenChesterMP photo
Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at 6:47am
Thanks to the team at LaTrobe University for working with DVA on this important research project. We know in our hearts that dog therapy works... these guys are going to provide the extra evidence base to us help understand how @latrobenews @DVASecretary @DVAAus @DVACommissioner https://t.co/qddQ3cxGMT
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We recently welcomed 10 very good doggos to our Melbourne Campus to be part of a unique #mentalhealth recovery program. Their mission—to support veterans manage the very real and debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic-disorder. https://t.co/HJ9Nb8fmtZ #ptsd https://t.co/1FKlRcgkOr
Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 10:27pm
. @Australian_Navy pilot LEUT Rhiannon Thompson has come a long way from her school days at Perth Modern School to support @NSWRFS during the catastrophic bushfires across New South Wales. #TYFYS @lindareynoldswa @DeptDefence https://t.co/xNycDXBrPB https://t.co/p88qG2xQsp DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at 1:30am
My annual #lovegippsland calendar photo competition has been judged and the best photos selected for inclusion in the 2020 calendar.

Once again, the judges were blown away by the calibre of the entries. And how could you fail to take a great pic when your subject is as beautiful as Gippsland?

Here are the three winning photos chosen from more than 350 entries.

Congratulations to Martin Ascher of Mallacoota for his photo of Mallacoota's beautiful coastline, Sale's Geoff Parrington for his shot of the Rubeena heading to the Port of Sale, and Kim Gleeson for her picture taken at Sale Botanic Gardens. Well done to everyone who entered.

And thankyou to Frog Gully Cottages, Longford; Captains Cove, Paynesville; and Bridges on Argyle, Traralgon, for providing the prizes.

The free calendars are available now at my offices in Sale and Traralgon, and also at Tim Bull's office in Bairnsdale. The calendars are also being distributed to a variety of businesses across the region.

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Darren Chester MPMonday, November 18th, 2019 at 11:42pm
#RemembranceDay has always held a special place in the heart of Ralph White. He served in the RAF’s 192 Squadron, a Special Duties (Electronic Warfare) Squadron which was part of Bomber Command. As the pilot of a Halifax bomber, he operated over France and Germany during the Second World War.

This year however, was particularly special. Ralph was bestowed with France’s highest military and civil decoration, the Legion of Honour, during a ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance on Monday.

The Legion of Honour is awarded for outstanding service to the Republic of France, regardless of the recipient’s nationality.

Ralph’s proud family and friends shared this very special experience with him.

Congratulations on the honour Ralph – and thank you for your service. #TYFYS #OurVeterans
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Darren Chester MPMonday, November 18th, 2019 at 9:11am
Today I joined the Prime Minister to unveil the plans for the Australian War Memorial development project - the biggest upgrade since it was built.

I have heard from veterans and their families about the importance of telling the stories of more recent conflicts to a new generation and ensuring our veterans’ service is appropriately acknowledged, fulfilling our nation's promise to never forget.

The development will ensure these stories are told in the same way as the First and Second World Wars, Korea and Vietnam. It will also create, for the first time, a permanent display dedicated to showing what our nation does to prevent war in the first place through peacekeeping.

Most importantly it will create a place for all generations of Australians to come to honour, learn and heal.

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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