Australia Day is more than a public holiday – it’s the perfect opportunity to pause and reflect on what has made our nation successful, and the determination we have to overcome any challenges. But what makes Australia such a great nation? Other countries have...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is calling on Premier Daniel Andrews to bring in more Pacific workers to help address the seasonal farm worker shortage in the Victorian agricultural sector. Mr Chester wrote to the Premier in December expressing the...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has nominated six strategic projects which should receive bushfire recovery funding as soon as possible to boost local jobs. Mr Chester said the long delays in announcing funding for regional economic recovery projects was...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the first step towards improving mobile phone coverage in Licola. Mr Chester said the installation of a new small cell would provide year-round coverage in Licola township. “The installation of a small cell...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging local councils and community organisations to now apply for the latest round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Mr Chester said round five would support communities which had been affected by drought,...


Community groups across Gippsland can access Federal Government grants to upgrade and improve their facilities and resources. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $150,000 had been allocated to upgrade local community infrastructure through round six of...



Darren Chester’s 2021 #lovegippsland “The Colours of Gippsland” calendars are now available at various outlets throughout Gippsland, including the electorate offices in Sale and Traralgon. Alternatively please contact the office on 1300 131 785 to arrange for one to be posted out to you.

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 12:29am
For the first time, an all-female crew has taken to the skies in a @Australian_Navy MH-60R helicopter. Fantastic achievement for LEUT Rhiannon Thomson, LS Clare Lassam & @RoyalNavy’s LEUT Hannah Best. Keep up the great work. #OurPeople #TYFYS @CN_Australia DarrenChesterMP photo
Monday, January 18th, 2021 at 2:51am
Congratulations & welcome to the 30 Canberra-based @AustralianArmy & @AusAirForce Officer Cadets who took their oaths & affirmations to join #YourADF. They will now take the next step in their careers, starting military training & undergraduate studies at ADFA. #TYFYS #OurPeople DarrenChesterMP photo
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Big thank you to @AustralianArmy’s 6th Engineer Support Regiment who helped the Republic of Fiji Military Forces engineers reconstruct the Galoa Island Primary School after it was destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Yasa. Fantastic work by all involved. #TYFYS #OurPeople DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MPTuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 3:23am
Legendary Gippslander…

In 1964 Terry Carmichael joined the air force at the age of 19. Terry was at Melbourne Uni at the time and received a scholarship from the RAAF in 1965. He completed his Civil Engineering Degree and went to the Tindal air force base near Katherine, Northern Territory.

Terry spent his time in Tindal working on the runways and pavements as part of the Airfield Construction Squadron.

Terry also spent time at Darwin air force base in the Northern Territory and Learmonth in Western Australia near Exmouth, before heading to Amberley air force base in Queensland where he built concrete pavements and hangars for the new chinook helicopters.

In 1973, Terry went from Amberley to the Department of Defence in Canberra.

In 1975, at the age of 30, Terry by then a Squadron Leader, ventured to the USA with his wife and four daughters to complete his masters in Facilities Engineering at the United States Air University in Dayton Ohio where he lived for around 20 months.

Terry completed his masters at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base and was presented with his graduation certificate by Major General Simokaitis in Dayton, Ohio.

After completion of his Masters, the family moved back to Canberra where he was promoted to Wing Commander.

In 1980, Terry left the air force. From there he joined an international construction company and worked around the world.
Terry established his own company in the 1990s in engineering construction and retired when he sold the business in 2011.

Terry has spent over 20 years involved in Rotary Clubs in Gippsland and other locations. As well as consulting in mining ventures.

Terry lived overseas for much of his married life but three years ago moved to the Latrobe Valley and has called it home ever since.

Thank you for your service, Terry.

#lovegippsland #myvalley
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Darren Chester MPMonday, January 18th, 2021 at 10:09pm
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What is the Junior Hive in Yarram all about?

Linda Mirams, a new resident to the area saw the need for a youth space for kids aged between 12 and 17.

She had already set up a community shared space within her new accounting business appropriately called The Hive, and with the funding support of Yarram and District Health Service and help of fellow Yarram business owner Matt Langdon, Linda created The Junior Hive.

The supervised space provides an opportunity for local youth to input their ideas and be involved with leading and building their own projects, community, and events.

The Hive opened just before Christmas and has enjoyed great support from the local community.

A fundraising barbecue at the Yarram Traders and Tourism Association Christmas market raised more than $1,000, and other local businesses have also come onboard with the Commercial Hotel providing lunch for the hungry teenagers at their recent movie day.

The centre is creating employment in the town also with the Junior Hive committee putting out a call for a youth liaison officer to work with the youth of Yarram at the Junior Hive.

The Junior Hive, at 245 Commercial Road Yarram, is open every day during the school holidays for kids to just drop in. They can play games, read a book, be creative or just chill out.

The Junior Hive is just another example of Gippslanders doing great things in their local communities.

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Darren Chester MPMonday, January 18th, 2021 at 2:53am
Cameron Stone of South Gippsland Tank Adventures cannot wipe the smile off his face.

Since the Melbourne curfews were lifted, he has been flat out giving tours of his military museum and taking his visitors on the ride of their lives, up and down hills, through the mud and finally over a bunch of old cars in one of his tanks.

South Gippsland Tank Adventure is one big adventure from the time you step out of your car and take in the breathtaking views until you pile back in again, face covered with mud or dust – depending on the time of year – and a smile on your face.
Kids (big and small) are encouraged to explore the tanks inside and out.

Back at the start of the second lockdown, Cameron was using the time without guests to repair some of his machinery, but without any income there were only certain things he could do as tank repairs are costly.

Cameron is a veteran with several years’ experience as a Leopard Tank Crewman with the Australian Defence Force serving in the 1st Armoured Regiment. He now hosts veterans from all over Australia for special weekends, which provide a chance to catch up with mates without any other pressures.


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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