GIPPSLAND SHARES IN FEDERAL HYDROGEN HUB CASH

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the Latrobe Valley’s role as a critical energy generator will be boosted by the decision to include the region as one of seven hydrogen hubs in Australia. The Federal Government’s $1.2 billion hydrogen investment is set...

2022 #LOVEGIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION OPEN

Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to enter their best photographs in the 2022 #lovegippsland calendar competition. Mr Chester said the competition was now open and the winning photos would be featured in the annual calendar. “I love Gippsland and...

FUNDING FOR SOIL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

Funding is available to improve soil management practices through the Federal Government’s Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities program. Local MP Darren Chester said local organisations and individuals can apply for grants of up to $250,000 to undertake...

LAKES ENTRANCE LOOKING A MILLION DOLLARS

The multi-million dollar upgrade of The Esplanade in Lakes Entrance is continuing with the latest section of footpath being installed. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured funding for the work in 2016 and says the transformation will save lives, improve...

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT STEPPING UP FOR GIPPSLAND FARMERS

The Coalition Government is bolstering support for farmers in East Gippsland and Wellington through the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester welcomed the announcement that the Australian and Victorian governments...

CORONAVIRUS: DECISIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

Life is full of risks… and decisions we make, always have consequences. I offer that simple statement as a reminder to everyone as we enter the next stage of the national plan to suppress the spread of the coronavirus, save lives, accelerate vaccination rates, restore...

ASSISTANCE DOGS SAVING LIVES

Former Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer Dale Potter from Seaspray, is amongst the first people to receive a psychiatric trained assistance dog from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Mr Potter, who had a distinguished career in Victoria Police and the...

CHESTER WELCOMES OFFSHORE WIND FARM LEGISLATION

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the introduction of legislation to develop offshore electricity infrastructure with local jobs at stake. Mr Chester said the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill introduced to Federal Parliament would...

$3 MILLION TO ADVANCE MANUFACTURING IN GIPPSLAND

The Federal Government is providing $3 million in funding through the Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) to DefendTex to conduct Australia’s first 3D printed rocket booster for space launch here in Gippsland. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said...

FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY GARDEN

SEED Lakeside Community Garden in Sale will benefit from funding from the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester said the grant was part of the Federal Government’s funding of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program....

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2022 #LOVEGIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION NOW OPEN

Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to enter their best photographs in the 2022 #lovegippsland calendar competition.

Mr Chester said the competition to be featured in his annual calendar was now open.

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Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 5:07am
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On this day 22 years ago, we deployed as part of International Force East Timor (INTERFET). The Australian-led force was established to restore order and provide humanitarian aid following extreme violence in the country. Viva povo Timor Lorosae! 🇦🇺✨ https://t.co/E48sK4nm3t
Sunday, September 19th, 2021 at 12:04am
It’s a hairy drive from Buchan to McKillops Bridge but certainly worth the effort. The 85 year old bridge is a critical link across the Snowy River for some of Victoria’s most remote communities. @kellazzaro @DPope_Gipps @lyndalcurtis @markdebono @PaulJurak #lovegippsland #auspol https://t.co/So0ivirfYD DarrenChesterMP photo
Thursday, September 16th, 2021 at 8:24pm
Just another glorious day in #lovegippsland This crop near Rosedale is typical of our region at the moment: lush growth everywhere & a bumper season for the agricultural sector. After some tough years it’s great to see. Looking forward to welcoming visitors again soon as possible https://t.co/hNhicyyf3E DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MPMonday, September 20th, 2021 at 2:51am
It’s important to tell our stories as a region.

Personal accounts and recollections from people affected by the 2016-19 drought, the 2019-20 bushfires and COVID-19 are being sought as part of a new project.

The collection of stories will appear in the book ‘Heartbreak to Hope’, compiled by members of this year's Gippsland Community Leadership Program.

Submissions can be in the form of stories, poems, photos, drawings or anything else suitable for print media. The maximum length is 1000 words.

Content can be about suffering, survival, resilience, recovery, community, coping, healing or anything related to the bushfire events.

For more information and to submit visit: www.gclp.asn.au
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Darren Chester MPSunday, September 19th, 2021 at 10:28pm
With summer on the way, here’s a reminder that surf lifesaving patrols don’t just happen!

Our volunteer lifesavers need to train and keep their qualifications up to date if they are going to continue to provide an outstanding service to keep us safe at the beach every summer.

Terrific to see some young Lakes Entrance Surf Lifesaving Club members taking advantage of the beautiful weekend weather to undertake inflatable rescue boat (IRB) driver and crew training.

The IRBs are an important patrol and rescue tool which allows crews to launch and respond quickly to emergency situations.

Across my electorate, we have patrolled beaches at Mallacoota, Lakes Entrance, Woodside and Seaspray - thanks to all the volunteers who do such a great job.

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Darren Chester MPSunday, September 19th, 2021 at 7:56am
This week is ‘police week’ and today is national ‘Thank a Cop Day’.

I want to take the opportunity to thank all police officers who serve Gippsland, and throughout Australia, along with the family members who support them.

It’s an often difficult, emotionally challenging, sometimes dangerous, and always important vocation you have chosen to uphold the law.

We are blessed as a nation to have police officers who serve with such distinction and keep many vulnerable people safe.

Thank you.

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About Darren

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

ABOUT GIPPSLAND

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

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