Changerooms at Bairnsdale City Oval will be upgraded following a funding announcement by Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester said Bairnsdale Football Netball Club would receive $6,000 from the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program to upgrade...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says more needs to be done to improve safety on the Hyland Highway linking Yarram and the Latrobe Valley. Mr Chester inspected the $10 million of upgrades recently undertaken by the Federal and State Governments, but is...


Construction of 13 new independent living units at Gippsland Rotary Centenary House are starting to shape with framing complete and brickwork well underway. The stage three expansion will double capacity for patients and their families seeking accommodation whilst...


Kitchen facilities at Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve will be upgraded following the announcement of funding from the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $13,250 for an upgrade of kitchen facilities and...


Key road safety improvements along the Princes Highway east of Bairnsdale have been completed, but there’s still more work to be done, according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester recently travelled the length of the highway to check progress...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester asked the Federal Parliament to remember the 11 people in Gippsland who lost their lives during the Black Saturday bushfires when he made a speech to the House of Representatives this week. Mr Chester spoke about the Black...

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 7:41am
Sneak preview of the design for new veterans’ pin & card that have both been developed as part of our respect & recognition package. Legislation including new veterans’ covenant has been introduced into Parliament. Thank you for your service. #TYFYS @LizCosson @DVAAus #auspol https://t.co/qGvgTU3bxC DarrenChesterMP photo
Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 7:27am
Our ADF personnel have been working hard to support drought & flood impacted Queenslanders -but they did get some time out in Julia Creek with a visit to the after school program. Kids loved it. Thank you for your service. #TYFYS @AustralianArmy @DeptDefence @ChiefAusArmy #auspol https://t.co/r3vmZb2xQp DarrenChesterMP photo
Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 4:27am
Not such a bad place to spend the working week... early runners & rowers at Lake Burley Griffin are often rewarded by Mother Nature @lyndalcurtis @PaulJurak @ALeighMP @Clarke_Melissa @swrighteconomy @lucybarbour @bradders2 #auspolrunners #auspol https://t.co/sxRJvkmtMP 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.Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 1:59pm
Inspecting the $10 million of upgrades which have recently been undertaken on the Hyland Highway with funding from the Federal and State Governments.
It’s a good start but more needs to be done to improve the road surface and provide safe overtaking areas.
Although the road is owned by the State Government I was pleased to be able to secure $5 million in federal funding for much needed safety improvements.
The State Government needs to make the Hyland Highway a priority and work in partnership with the Federal Government to deliver more upgrades.
#lovegippsland #myvalley
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Darren Chester MP added 2 new photos.Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 12:25pm
Frederick (Fred) Riley was born on this day in 1919, so today is his 100th birthday. Before the Second World War, Fred lived in Sydney and worked at the Dunlop Rubber Company. He put this career on hold and enlisted with the Australian Army in June 1941, transferring to the RAAF in September.
Fred served with No. 130 Squadron RAF as a Spitfire pilot and was stationed in southern England during the D-Day campaigns, where he undertook two flights on D-Day itself providing cover for the invasion forces over Utah Beach. Fred was privileged to be selected to escort General Eisenhower, Admiral Ramsay and Robert Benchley on their first trip to France after D-Day in July 1944.
Fred was discharged at the rank of Flying Officer in November 1945, having completed 554 hours of flying over 120 missions. After the war, he resettled in South Australia with his wife and became a carpenter, eventually retiring as a work supervisor.
Today, Fred keeps active by spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On June 6, 2019, it will be 75 years since D-Day and I am sure you will all join me in thanking Fred for his service and wishing him a happy 100th birthday. Thank you for your service. #TYFYS
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Darren Chester MP shared Darren Chester's post.Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 4:58pm
The house that love built is expanding... with the construction of 13 new independent units underway at Gippsland Rotary Centenary House in Traralgon.
The framing is complete and work on the bricklaying is almost complete on the stage three expansion that will allow the house to double its capacity.
The development is supporting local jobs with local company, Kingbuilt undertaking the works. This $2.1 million project is a credit to the hard work of volunteers and I was pleased to be able to contribute $900,000 in Federal Government funding.
Works are expected to be completed by June. #lovegippsland #myvalley

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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