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LAKES ENTRANCE CHANGEROOM UPGRADE COMPLETE

The long awaited transformation of the Lakes Entrance Football Netball Club changerooms is officially complete. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the $500,000 upgrade was great news for all users of the Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve. “The upgrade...

NATIONALS MPS REQUEST ADF ASSISTANCE

Gippsland National MPs Darren Chester and Melina Bath say the Australian Defence Force (ADF) should be called in to help clean up the region after massive storms and flood damage. The MPs are urging the State Government to request the ADF support, saying the recovery...

CHESTER SAYS RECOVERY COULD COST MILLIONS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the full extent of the flood damage was becoming clearer as waters subsided early yesterday, showing it would be a significant cost to residents and local communities. “With hundreds of buildings impacted along with the...

WORKS PROGRESSING ALONG MALLACOOTA-GENOA ROAD

Works to improve safety on Mallacoota-Genoa Road are well underway but there’s much more to be done, according to local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester drove the improved section this week and then met with local residents to discuss future upgrade opportunities....

CHESTER: STATEMENT ON GIPPSLAND FLOODS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has expressed his sympathy for the many locals who have experienced significant property and asset losses due to floods across Gippsland, particularly in Latrobe Valley. “It will be a significant clean-up effort to restore...

SCIENTISTS TO ASSESS GIPPSLAND WETLANDS

The impacts of bushfire events on Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes Ramsar site will be investigated by scientists to help build resilience and protect them into the future. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has been working to secure funding for an environmental...

THE COLOURS OF GIPPSLAND

2021 #LOVEGIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION

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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Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 at 8:29pm
Please don’t send us bureaucrats with clipboards, we need soldiers with chainsaws. The ADF boosted morale & worked alongside Gippslanders during the recovery from the 2020 bushfires. I’m surprised they haven’t been asked to help us out again. Stay safe everyone. #lovegippsland https://t.co/mR7rN17h8n DarrenChesterMP photo
Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 at 8:05pm
Women with an interest in joining #YourADF have been given an up close experience at @AusAirForce Base Townsville. Candidates were able to learn about @AustralianArmy Aviation jobs, tour facilities & speak with serving members. https://t.co/lxaKh56SdK https://t.co/bHaHWTJM7q
Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 at 2:43am
The laundry in HMAS Ballarat is a lot more colourful these days thanks to personalised laundry bags provided by the volunteers at @aussieheroquilt for the crew. Each bag came with a brief biography of its maker, adding a personal touch. Well done. https://t.co/b81GYlaOez #TYFYS https://t.co/GkpkKyYYNK DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MPThursday, June 17th, 2021 at 3:04am
I spoke to ABC Gippsland Radio from the Canberra studio this morning about the need for additional resources to help Gippsland recover from the storms and flooding.

The bottom line is: please don’t send us bureaucrats with clipboards, send us soldiers with chainsaws!

The Australian Defence Force provided a huge boost to morale during last summer’s bushfires, and the troops have the training and equipment to help out during humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions throughout the world.

We need them here now to help our community get on top of the huge number of jobs to restore access and get people back on their feet.

The Victorian Government needs to submit a request for ADF support through Emergency Management Australia to assist with recovery efforts and so far they’ve asked for five planners.
With hundreds of Gippslanders still without power and thousands of others around the state, we need extra help ASAP to support the electricity company crews as they restore power lines.

Our local community effort has been extraordinary but I’m worried about ‘disaster fatigue’ and I’m surprised Victoria hasn’t asked for additional help.

#lovegippsland #myvalley
Darren Chester MP
Darren Chester MPThursday, June 17th, 2021 at 2:49am
I spoke to ABC Gippsland Radio from the Canberra studio this morning about the need for additional resources to help Gippsland recover from the storms and flooding.

The bottom line is: please don’t send us bureaucrats with clipboards, send us soldiers with chainsaws!

The Australian Defence Force provided a huge boost to morale during last summer’s bushfires, and the troops have the training and equipment to help out during humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions throughout the world.

We need them here now to help our community get on top of the huge number of jobs to restore access and get people back on their feet.

The Victorian Government needs to submit a request for ADF support through Emergency Management Australia to assist with recovery efforts and so far they’ve asked for five planners.
With hundreds of Gippslanders still without power and thousands of others around the state, we need extra help ASAP to support the electricity company crews as they restore power lines.

Our local community effort has been extraordinary but I’m worried about ‘disaster fatigue’ and I’m surprised Victoria hasn’t asked for additional help.

#lovegippsland #myvalley
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Darren Chester MPWednesday, June 16th, 2021 at 10:53pm
Getting stuff done… and recognising a legendary Gippslander at the same time!

The long-anticipated $500,000 development of new facilities at the Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve is officially complete and it has a fitting new name.

The new changerooms will be used by local footballers and cricketers and were named in memory of Peter ‘Turtle’ Stewart.

‘Turtle’ was a great friend of everyone who met him, and I shared many funny times with him at footy and golf. He was quite the raconteur and always had a story to tell… and believe me, they got bigger and better every year.

He was well known around East Gippsland for this involvement as a player, umpire and volunteer official in a number of sporting organisations and his hard work was acknowledged with life memberships of several organisations.

It was a great honour and a fitting tribute to officially open the new changerooms and recognise a man who gave so much to our community.

The project includes multi-use changerooms, accessible toilets and new umpire facilities.

The previous facilities were old, tired and in need of replacement to cater for the growing number of females involved in the club.

The Federal Government provided $360,000 towards the project through the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program.

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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.

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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