CHESTER WELCOMES NEW LOCAL MEDICAL PATHWAY

Local MP Darren Chester has welcomed the introduction of a new pathway at Federation University to allow local students to study medicine. Mr Chester, who has advocated for more medical degrees to be offered regionally said it was fantastic to see it finally...

CHESTER BACKS TIMBER JOBS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is challenging Victorian Labor politicians to reject the Andrews Government plan to shutdown the native hardwood timber industry by 2030. Speaking in Federal Parliament, Mr Chester said he supported a sustainable timber...

ADJOURNMENT – Gippsland Electorate: Community Resilience

 I also rise with a great deal of pride this evening to reflect on the magnificent people of Gippsland and say thank you to them for their resilience during these very difficult times. These have been troubling times, Mr Speaker, as you well know, and it's easy to...

MAFFRA PLAY PRECINCT OFFICIALLY OPEN

Young people in Maffra have an exciting new way to keep active with the completion of the Maffra Play Precinct. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the play precinct, including the new pump track would complement similar projects throughout Wellington....

FUNDING SUPPORT FOR MALLACOOTA GUN CLUB

The volunteers at Mallacoota Gun Club are working hard to re-establish facilities that were destroyed in the Black Summer bushfires. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced $9000 in Federal Government funding for a new solar power system that will reduce...

CHESTER STOPS BY SALE TURF CLUB

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Sale Turf Club CEO Brad Evans discussing opportunities for Federal Government grants to support further upgrades at the Greenwattle Racecourse. Mr Chester is supportive of plans to improve facilities for race-goers and is...

INDIGENOUS RANGERS AND INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREA PROGRAMS

On July 31, 2021, the Australian Government committed more than $746 million to Indigenous Rangers to care for country. The government is delivering on its commitment to long-term funding for the Indigenous Ranger Program, with 80 organisations selected to continue...

WORKS CONTINUE ON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

Works to complete the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre exterior and the interior fit out are continuing. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the project was getting closer to completion, with it expected to be finished by the end of the year. “Works to...

SAFETY WORKS ON MALLACOOTA-GENOA ROAD

Long-awaited work to improve the safety on Mallacoota-Genoa Road has already delivered significant benefits with another $10 million on the way from the Federal Government, according to local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester said the shoulder widening, improved line...

REGIONAL GRANTS PROGRAM OVERHAUL NEEDED: CHESTER

The Federal Government should overhaul its regional grants funding programs which are failing to deliver fair outcomes for communities like Gippsland, according to local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester said the latest round of Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) had...

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Darren Chester MPFriday, October 22nd, 2021 at 4:18am
I had the chance to put on the public record my support for our sustainable native hardwood timber industry which the State Government plans to destroy by 2030.

At a time of timber supply shortages, it is ideological madness to proceed with a policy to abolish local jobs and import timber from countries with poorer environmental protocols. Even the CFMEU thinks the Labor Party is out of touch with reality in pursuing this agenda.

I fully support protecting high conservation forests in reserves and national parks, but I also support a long-term rotational harvest system which grows trees on public land, for public good. Mixed species managed hardwood forests are a far better environmental outcome than monoculture hardwood plantations.

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Darren Chester MPFriday, October 22nd, 2021 at 12:07am
Getting stuff done...

We will have to get used to the high-vis shirts and witches hats on York Street in Sale.

The Federal Government has committed $11.68 million to the Sale Revitalisation Project, which includes road safety upgrades and beautification along the highway from Foster Street to Raglan Street.

Work is underway this week at the southern end of York Street (near Lazzaro Bros Fruiterers), where some kerb and channeling improvements are being made.

Traffic lights will be installed at the Cunningham Street intersection near McDonalds; street lighting is being upgraded and power lines sent underground.

Wellington Shire Council is contributing $6 million to the Sale Revitalisation Project, which will also see further developments at the Port of Sale and the completion of a cycling/walking loop from the Port of Sale to the Sale Common.

York Street has been looking a bit tired and these safety and beautification works will make the town more attractive for locals and visitors.

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Darren Chester MPThursday, October 21st, 2021 at 8:31pm
Good luck and good health to all my Melbourne friends and family.
Another step out of lockdown and time to start enjoying more freedoms.

Obviously we need to keep up our efforts around vaccinations, physical distancing, hand hygiene and mask wearing where required but we are opening up as a community.

There will be more challenges - huge thanks to the frontline health workers and everyone who has made a contribution to keep people safe.
Everyone is feeling tired, a bit grumpy and frustrated - disaster fatigue is real - but we have every reason to be optimistic and positive about the pathway forward.

Take care and stay safe.

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

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