A photograph of the sun rising through a dew-covered spider web is the winner of this year’s #lovegippsland calendar photo competition. The winning picture, taken by Terry Russell of Orbost, was selected from more than 300 entries. Bruthen’s Geoff Stanton won second...


A university training hub will be established in East Gippsland to provide tertiary education opportunities for students to study locally via distance education. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $595,000 from the Federal Government to establish a...


Rotary Centenary House will double its capacity when its stage three expansion is completed in April. Rotary Centenary House is a ‘home away from home’ providing accommodation and support to cancer patients and their families during treatment at Latrobe Regional...


The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today congratulated Councillor Alan Hall on his election as the new mayor of Wellington Shire Council. Mr Chester also congratulated Councillor Malcolm Hole on his election as deputy mayor. “I am looking forward to...


An independent panel undertaking a national review of the Farm Household Allowance hardship payment will hold a public consultation session in Bairnsdale on November 22, 2018. Farm Household Allowance is a Federal Government payment to help farming families struggling...


Morwell’s new shared netball and cricket pavilion is set to be finished by the end of this month. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $5 million toward upgrades at the Morwell Recreation Reserve, including new netball courts and the shared pavilion...

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Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 8:35am
Great to catch up with RSL Victoria State President Rob Webster. Discussion focused on RSL’s ongoing efforts to support veterans and their families across Victoria in conjunction with DVA. @LizCosson @DVAAus @RSL_National #auspol https://t.co/uHt4YgdOjs DarrenChesterMP photo
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 5:45am
Melbourne: I’m prepared to forgive you for last night’s traffic jam when you deliver solid tradie toilet humour & a magnificent morning like this one. Beautiful day for a lap of the tan @rharris334 @TedBaillieu @annikasmethurst @lucybarbour #auspol https://t.co/ZltAhR6fc7 DarrenChesterMP photo
Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 8:56am
Got to wonder whether 325,000 Victorians who’ve already voted were all locked in to their choice; and not interested in any election policy announcements; or just wanted to get it done! Will be a lot less sausages sold next Saturday. @rwillingham @skateanderson #vicvotes https://t.co/0U31I5swjT DarrenChesterMP photo

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Official Page of The Nationals Member for Gippsland, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, A/g Minister for Regional Development and A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories. Check out Darren's personal page at https://www.facebook.com/darren.chester.524
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Darren Chester MP shared Darren Chester's post.Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 5:09pm
Tomorrow will be a big day for everyone involved with the Morwell Rose Garden Festival. The rose garden will be on show between 10am and 5pm with demonstrations, workshops, a treasure hunt, market stalls, food vans and entertainment.
You’ll be able to explore over 4000 roses and see why Morwell Rose Garden recently received the ‘Award of Garden of Excellence’ from the World Federation of Rose Societies. Keep an eye out for Costa, host of ABC Gardening Australia, who'll be a special guest among the festival crowd.
Well done to the events team at Latrobe City Council and to the wonderful volunteers who've just completed the finishing touches ahead of tomorrow’s big event. #myvalley #lovegippsland
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Darren Chester MPThursday, November 15th, 2018 at 3:41pm
This is Hazel Bryce, an Australian war veteran and she is 100 today.

Hazel enlisted in October 1942 and served with the 2/5 Australian General Hospital, Australian Army Nursing Service, attaining the rank of Lieutenant.

She served in New Guinea and witnessed the Japanese bombings of the aerodrome at Port Moresby, where she treated many of those wounded in the attacks.

Hazel rates caring for the wounded and general assistance to the soldiers as the best thing about her service.

Her advice to ADF members and young people in general is to ‘try to live by the rules of the particular situation you are in and do your best’.

Her secret to a long life? ‘Let worries pass over you and enjoy your family’s support!’

Happy Birthday, Hazel and thank you for your service.

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Darren Chester MP shared Darren Chester's post.Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 2:26pm
$1 million for new classrooms at Catholic College Sale. The Federal Government is providing $1 million, matched by $5 million from Catholic College Sale, to redevelop the old John 23rd building. It will become a purpose-built years seven and eight block when they move from Sion to the St Patricks campus at the end of 2020. We all know teachers and students thrive when they have access to modern facilities and the newest technologies. Looking forward to seeing the project get underway next year. #lovegippsland

About Darren

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

Darren Chester was appointed Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on February, 18, 2016.


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

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