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HOPE CENTRE TAKING SHAPE

The Hope Restart centre near Bairnsdale is taking shape with construction well underway on the 3,000 square metre building. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $3.8 million to help build the residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. Mr...

SNOWY RIVER TRESTLE BRIDGE RESTORATION A TOP PRIORITY

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he’s determined to secure the money required to restore the historic Snowy River railway trestle bridge ‘come hell or high water’. Mr Chester has welcomed the release of the Economic and Social Assessment which...

New Laws to Protect Gippsland Farmers

Tough new farm trespass laws to protect Australia’s farmers from the unlawful actions of animal activists have passed the Australian Parliament. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill was about putting...

COUNCIL URGED TO KEEP MANAGEMENT OF BULLOCK ISLAND

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has asked East Gippsland Shire Council (EGSC) to urgently reconsider its decision to not take over the management of Bullock Island in Lakes Entrance. Mr Chester said he was ‘disappointed and surprised’ by Council’s split...

ESPLANADE UPGRADE TAKES ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

The multi-million dollar upgrade of the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance has taken another step forward with the completion of the latest stage of Princes Highway works. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured the mix of Federal and State funding for the works...

CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR LAKES ENTRANCE

Local MP Darren Chester has welcomed East Gippsland Shire’s commitment to complete the first stage of the Jemmy’s Point lookout redevelopment by Christmas. Council has released concept plans for the Hotel Rd site and plans to deliver a vastly improved viewing platform...

‘LOVE WHERE WE LIVE’ 2020 GIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION

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

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 11:01am
In the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of INTERFET, Col Scott Palmer remembers his first deployment in Sep 1999, following in the footsteps of his father Glyn who served in East Timor in 1975 on an Australian medical team. #TYFYS @DeptDefence @AustralianArmy @lindareynoldswa https://t.co/cDcpTWwzyd DarrenChesterMP photo
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 9:09am
On this day, 101 years ago, Australian’s were involved in the Battle of Epehy – a major attack on the Hindenburg Outpost Line - Germany’s last major defensive line on the Western Front. We thank all those brave men for their service. Lest we forget. #TYFYS @DVAAus @DeptDefence https://t.co/wFxOOtiMeY DarrenChesterMP photo
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 7:00am
Our ADF personnel are a skilled bunch. The team from Force Support Element Ten at Australia's main operating base in the Middle East have completed a huge task–rebuilding a @MercedesBenz Unimog from scratch, with no instructions. https://t.co/0y51HDu4nR #TYFYS @DeptDefence https://t.co/neIOHzuFL1 DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 4:17pm
The Hope Restart Centre near Bairnsdale is taking shape with construction well underway on the new building that will change lives and help Gippslanders recover from addictions.
I secured $3.8 million from the Federal Government to help build the residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.
The Hope Restart Centre will provide a much-needed and vital service to our community by providing rehabilitation services to those affected by drug and alcohol addiction.
This is a project that was started by volunteers and without them would not have been possible.
The centre will include 29 double rooms, courtyards, group-training rooms, a recreation and dining room. It’s great to see see local firm Brookers Builders carrying out the work.
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Darren Chester MPWednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 12:09pm
Today we remember those who fought in the Battle of Epehy in 1918. This was an attack on the Hindenburg Outpost Line — Germany’s last major defensive line on the Western Front

As part of the British attack, the Australian Corps, commanded by Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, attacked and secured its objectives helping preparations for forthcoming attacks on the main Hindenburg Line positions. Australian casualties totalled around 1,300 killed and wounded. #TYFYS
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Darren Chester MPTuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 5:42pm
Well done to Channel 9 for this piece on the construction of the Great Ocean Road and the part our World War 1 veterans played.

TODAY Australian War Memorial
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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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