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SAFER JOURNEY ON THE PRINCES HIGHWAY EAST OF BAIRNSDALE

The Princes Highway has been made safer for the thousands of people travelling between Bairnsdale and Nowa Nowa each day with a major package of upgrades now complete. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael...

LAKES ENTRANCE CHANGEROOMS UNDERWAY

Work has started on the long-awaited Lakes Entrance Football Netball Club changeroom project. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured a grant of nearly $360,000 for Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve. Mr Chester said the current facilities at the Lakes...

CHESTER PAYS TRIBUTE TO LOCAL VETERAN COMMUNITY AT SERVICE IN SALE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has paid tribute to the local veteran community during a commemorative service in Sale to recognise Vietnam Veterans Day. Mr Chester, who is also the Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel congratulated the Sale RSL for...

Chester catches up with Melbourne Vixens Lara Dunkley in Morwell

Gippsland MP Darren Chester caught up with Melbourne Vixens rising star Lara Dunkley at the Worksafe Game of the Month in Morwell on Saturday night. The 24-year-old former Yarram resident and Sale FNC player was one of the guest speakers at the pre-match event which...

ONE WEEK LEFT FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR THE WEX PROGRAM

Indigenous students from across Gippsland are encouraged to apply to participate in the annual Work Exposure in Government (WEX) program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said there was just one week left to apply and encouraged Indigenous students to...

HAVE A SAY ON THE HARVEST LABOUR SERVICES CONSULTATION

Local farmers, the horticulture industry and stakeholders can now have their say on the Harvest Labour Services (HLS) – Reforms to encourage Australia job seekers to take up seasonal work consultation paper. The consultation paper provides stakeholders the opportunity...

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STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAM (SCP) 2019

Community groups across Gippsland can access Federal Government grants to purchase equipment and build small infrastructure projects in Gippsland.

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Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 12:29pm
Personnel from Task Group Taji 9’s Training Teams assist members of the Iraqi Army 23 Brigade with a series of realistic training scenarios that covered counter ambush drills, deliberate attacks, counter IED drills and urban clearances. #TYFYS @AustralianArmy @DeptDefence https://t.co/PVFTSupW11 DarrenChesterMP photo
Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 11:06am
Latrobe River catchment has received a welcome drink and the flood plains between Traralgon-Rosedale-Sale are looking magnificent. Let’s hope the rest of Gippsland does better out of the low forecast for Wednesday. #lovegippsland #myvalley @tpwkelly @rharris334 @kellazzaro https://t.co/gDSrMEfS9N DarrenChesterMP photo
Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 7:22am
Members of the Timor-Leste Navy & Vanuatu Maritime Police Wing participate in Damage Control training at HMAS Cerberus's School of Ship Safety & Survivability as part of the Pacific Maritime Security Program, which contributes to the protection of the region’s maritime resources. https://t.co/bQR5GkYZIw DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 9:47am
Today is World Dog Day... I know, every day is probably dog day at your place too!
Marlo and Frazer tend to run the show at our home.
Give your pooches extra pats and a longer walk today if you can.
#lovegippsland
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Darren Chester MPSunday, August 25th, 2019 at 8:10pm
This is Arnold Forrester and today he is 100 years old. Arnold, born is Daylesford Victoria, joined the Australian Army in July 1942 and served in New Guinea as a Lance Corporal with 39 Australian Infantry Battalion.

Arnold served along the Kokoda Track and is one of the six men pictured in the well-known photo (below) taken by Damien Parer. Arnold is second from left holding the walking sticks looking towards the camera.

Arnold remained friends with all the men pictured in that famous photo and they all would gather each year for a dinner held by the Kokoda Track Foundation in Sydney. George Palmer passed away last year, so Arnold was the only survivor of the Battalion that attended the dinner last year. He plans on attending again this November.

Arnold claims that the best part about his service was the pride he felt from protecting Australia and the good job they did to hold back the Japanese given they were outnumbered. Arnold will always say that his time spent in the Army was the best time of his life, ever!

His advice to younger veterans is ‘be proud to be an Australian. We live in the best country in the world and you must fight to keep it that way’.

Arnold credits his long life to a healthy and stress free lifestyle.

Happy birthday, Arnold and thank you for your service. #TYFYS #OurVeterans
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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 9:49am
Back to back wins!
What can I say, there’s no room for false modesty here.
Just won the ‘Dandenong Creek Trail Invitational Half Marathon’ in a course record.
I know it may appear that little guy in the adidas top seems a long way in front but I need to point out three things...
1. He didn’t complete the course.
2. He wasn’t invited.
3. And even if he was invited he wouldn’t be competing with me in the ‘over 100kg’ division.
PS: The course for next Sunday’s Fathers’ Day Invitational is yet to be confirmed but I’m a hot chance to make it a hat trick of wins (as long as I don’t invite anyone else!).

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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