Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has challenged the Federal Government to commit funding to finalise the planning and design for the proposed Traralgon by-pass. Mr Chester told Federal Parliament the by-pass was the ‘highest priority transport infrastructure...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging young athletes in the region to take the opportunity to apply for the latest round of the Local Sporting Champions program and the Local Para Champions Program. Mr Chester said the grants programs have helped...


The redevelopment of Bullock Island is a critical part of the biggest transformation the Lakes Entrance township has seen in the past 50 years, according to local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester said the finalisation of the boardwalk around Bullock Island would provide...

Finishing touches to the Gippsland Agricultural Centre

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester caught up with hard working volunteers Jen Smith and Nicole White who were adding the finishing touches at the Gippsland Agricultural Centre, near Bairnsdale. Located at the home of the East Gippsland Agricultural Field Days...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester caught up with a young Gippsland winner of the ABC’s Heywire competition in Parliament House. Heywire is a lived experience storytelling competition run by the ABC, calling for stories from young people aged between 16-22...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has challenged the state and federal Ministers responsible for roads to drive through his electorate and understand the dangerous conditions endured by locals and visitors. Mr Chester said both Ministers were hiding behind...

Statement from Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland

Today marks 15 years since Gippslanders, and our friends across Victoria, endured the horrific loss of life and property in the Black Saturday bushfires. While homes have been rebuilt and the environment has largely recovered, many families still carry the emotional...


A Bairnsdale family-owned business is at the centre of Wellington Shire’s biggest capital works project with the redevelopment of the Sale swimming pool complex. Brooker Builders are the prime contractors for the project which is budgeted to cost more than $20 million...


The largest capital works project in Wellington Shire will deliver social and economic benefits for decades into the future, according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester said the major redevelopment of the Sale swimming pool complex, Aqua...

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Darren Chester MPFriday, March 1st, 2024 at 6:58am
Take a break in Gippsland…

One of our region’s most popular community events is on this weekend…
the Boolarra Folk Festival.

Proudly celebrating its 21st birthday, and featuring a diverse lineup of artists, the free festival kicks off tonight.

Saturday is a big day, with a huge list of musicians and activities for all ages.f

With over 100 art, craft and food stalls there is something for everyone to enjoy so go along to Railway Park and Centennial Park, and soak up everything Boolarra has to offer.

Congratulations to the committee and volunteers for delivering another exciting festival.

More information can be found at:

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Darren Chester MPThursday, February 29th, 2024 at 5:31pm
The Albanese Government is refusing to release the economic modelling around its plan to introduce fuel efficiency standards which will increase the purchase price of our most popular vehicles like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hi-lux and Isuzu D-max.

What are they hiding from Australian families? The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has confirmed the price of the country’s most popular vehicles will increase by thousands of dollars.

The proposed changes unfairly target rural and regional families and tradespeople who rely on SUVs and 4WD vehicles because of the nature of the road network, the longer distances we drive, and the need to tow trailers, boats and caravans.

Labor claims the new Vehicle Efficiency Standard will result in lower running costs for new cars – but not if you can’t afford to buy one. We will end up with families keeping their older cars for longer and not achieving the environmental benefits the Federal Government is claiming.

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Darren Chester MPThursday, February 29th, 2024 at 1:47pm
This is pretty cool…

Gippsland Ports has two webcams located at Lakes Entrance to provide real time video imagery of the Entrance channel area.

Perfect for the boating and fishing fraternity to check local conditions before they leave home… or just curious MPs who want to see what the weather is like in East Gippsland when they are in Canberra!

Users will be limited to length of viewing time. The webcam feeds are now available to view 24/7.


About Darren

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


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

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