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Seventy-seven kilometres of new or reinforced fencing will be erected across East Gippsland to protect livestock from wild dogs. Federal Government is providing $343,000 in rebates towards the cost of installing 35 kilometres of new fences and upgrading 42 kilometres...


A $10 million project to improve safety and accessibility along the Great Alpine Road between Bruthen and Cobungra is nearly finished, little more than two years since funding was announced. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said work on the project began at...


Work at the Hope Restart Centre near Bairnsdale is quickly nearing completion with preparations well underway for the centre to open its doors to clients early next year. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $3.8 million in Federal Government funding...


The Traralgon-Morwell Shared Pathway is nearly finished with the final stages now under construction along Old Melbourne Road and Alexanders Road. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $1.6 million in Federal Government funding for the pathway project as...


Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has thanked local motorists for their patience as the redevelopment of the Lakes Entrance Esplanade continues to disrupt traffic flows. Mr Chester said the multi-million dollar transformation would be worth the wait. “The...


Drought affected farmers across Gippsland can now apply for an additional $3000 through the Federal Government’s extension of the Drought Community Support Initiative. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the initiative would help farming families with...


The Member for Gippsland has called on amateur photographers across Gippsland to photograph their favourite parts of the region and help promote the unique attractions of our towns, farms and natural landscapes.

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Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 1:36am
Honoured to be at @AusAirForce Base East Sale today for the delivery of the 49th and final Pilatus PC-21 training aircraft. This will ensure our pilots are well-prepared, with the best equipment to support them in their training. @DeptDefence @CAF_Australia https://t.co/GuJSq9ZZKn DarrenChesterMP photo
Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 8:59pm
For the first time in over 10 years, Exercise Mallee Bull is being held on Australian soil. #YourADF from the @Australian_Army 7th Brigade & Royal Brunei Land Forces are training together in Qld, building friendships and respect between our two countries. #TYFYS @ChiefAusArmy https://t.co/A2CUzuvVub DarrenChesterMP photo
Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 12:44am
Last #QT for the year... feeling a bit like Marlo poised for a walk! Getting ready to return to Gippsland for a big weekend of community events... oh, and some happy dog time! #auspoldogs #lovegippsland @lucybarbour @pipcourtney @nrcollard @swrighteconomy @DaniellePopeWIN https://t.co/erxr1fTIEu DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 4:56am
Gippsland has a rich defence force history and a great future thanks to the investment at RAAF Base East Sale.
We are now the home of all defence basic pilot training - every up and coming ADF pilot will begin their training here.
The last of the Air Force's 49 Pilatus PC-21s has arrived in Australia and was this morning officially welcomed at East Sale. The PC-21 is the world's most advanced pilot training aircraft and will be used by our young pilots serving in the Navy, Army and Air Force.
Those at the event - and perhaps those on surrounding properties, too - were treated to a display by the RAAF Roulettes, who showed just some of the new aircrafts' capabilities in the windy conditions.
It's been a great pleasure to see how RAAF Base East Sale has developed and changed over the past decade as part of the Federal Government's $392 million redevelopment. Many locals regard the base and its personnel with affection and judging by the giant heart drawn in smoke in the sky today, the feeling might be mutual.
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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 4:08am
Now this is a Christmas gift that has come early!
After facing many troubles the last couple of years, the community has strongly supported the team at the Boolarra Community Hotel.
Over 75 volunteers have contributed to keeping the Hotel functioning through maintenance, working in the bar, cleaning and office work.
Thanks to this wonderful community effort, the Hotel will open this Friday night for meal service and will now serve meals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and also Sunday for lunch.
So get down there and support the crew at Boolarra Community Hotel and maybe even enjoy a pub favourite! It’s certainly on my list for the Christmas holidays.
Pix courtesy LV Express.
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Darren Chester MPWednesday, December 4th, 2019 at 11:53pm
This week I had the opportunity to meet with Adrian and his mates who founded Swiss 8.
Adrian is a veteran, and the passion of him and his mates to support veterans’ mental health is incredibly encouraging. Together they have developed an app that focuses on preventative measures to support mental health. This is a system built by veterans, for veterans.
Last week, he joined the Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling new Peer and Community Advisers who are training to be Mental Health Peer Workers to see how they can work together to support veterans’ mental health and wellbeing.
The Peer and Community Advisers will connect veterans and family members who may be struggling with their mental health, with peers who bring a lived experience of mental health issues and, most importantly, of recovery. Help is available and the earlier people receive mental health support, the better for them and their families.
Open Arms is doing great work, especially connecting with those in the ex-service community to support veterans and their families. I would remind anyone in the ex-service community who may be struggling that Open Arms provides free and confidential support and can be reached on 1800 011 046.
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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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