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ONE WEEK LEFT FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR THE WEX PROGRAM

Indigenous students from across Gippsland are encouraged to apply to participate in the annual Work Exposure in Government (WEX) program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said there was just one week left to apply and encouraged Indigenous students to...

HAVE A SAY ON THE HARVEST LABOUR SERVICES CONSULTATION

Local farmers, the horticulture industry and stakeholders can now have their say on the Harvest Labour Services (HLS) – Reforms to encourage Australia job seekers to take up seasonal work consultation paper. The consultation paper provides stakeholders the opportunity...

LAKES ENTRANCE FORESHORE UPGRADE TAKING SHAPE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the multi-million upgrade of the Lakes Entrance foreshore is starting to take shape and will be welcomed by visitors and locals alike. Mr Chester inspected progress on the latest section of shared pathway to be...

NEW LEARNING AREAS FOR STUDENTS AT CATHOLIC COLLEGE

Secondary school students at Catholic College Sale will benefit from newly renovated learning areas and a new administration area, including a lift, with the official opening today. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $2 million from the Federal...

STATE GOVT INSULTS GIPPSLANDERS WITH PRINCES HIGHWAY RESPONSE

The State Government has been accused of ‘insulting Gippslanders’ with a ‘pathetic response’ to requests to finish the Princes Highway duplication projects between Traralgon and Sale. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has today released a letter from the...

ROSEDALE’S REVITALISATION PROJECT COMPLETE

A $1.5 million facelift of Rosedale is now complete, including streetscape improvements and upgrades to Willow Park, with the official opening today. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $1 million in Federal Government funding towards the project to...

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STRONGER COMMUNITIES PROGRAM (SCP) 2019

Community groups across Gippsland can access Federal Government grants to purchase equipment and build small infrastructure projects in Gippsland.

Click here for more information

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Sunday, August 18th, 2019 at 7:50am
On Vietnam Veterans Day, the 53rd anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, we pay tribute to all those who served in the Vietnam War. We remember their sacrifices and legacy and thank them for their service. #TYFYS https://t.co/o7HB7CstPp DarrenChesterMP photo
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at 12:19pm
Sale RSL held its Vietnam Veterans Day service this morning to allow veterans to travel to Melbourne & participate in city events tomorrow. Great to see support from veterans, RAAF personnel & families @DVAAus @DVASecretary @AusAirForce #TYFYS #OurVeterans https://t.co/dIRWTmgXsH DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MPSunday, August 18th, 2019 at 2:11pm
Today applications open for the @DVAAus Long Tan Bursary scheme for the 2020 academic year. The scheme provides funding to help eligible children, and now has extended to grandchildren of Australian Vietnam veterans, to meet the cost of post secondary education.

Applications close on 31 October 2019.

I encourage anyone who may be interested to apply at: https://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants/grant-and-bursary-programs/long-tan-bursary
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Darren Chester MPSunday, August 18th, 2019 at 10:52am
Today on Vietnam Veterans Day, the 53rd anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, we remember those who served in the Vietnam War. I was honoured to be able to attend the Sale RSL Sub Branch Vietnam Remembrance Service yesterday and lay a wreath on behalf of the Australian Government.

Our most infamous battle during the Vietnam War was the Battle of Long Tan, a four-hour battle where more than 100 Australian and New Zealand soldiers prevailed against 2,000 North Vietnamese.

Some 18 Australians died and more than 20 were wounded in one of Australia’s costliest engagements in Vietnam.

We remember the sacrifices of all those who served in the Vietnam War and the legacy they have left behind and thank them for their service.

#TYFYS

If this anniversary causes distressing memories or feelings for you, or someone you know, please call Open Arms on 1800 011 046, available 24/7.
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Darren Chester MP shared a post.Friday, August 16th, 2019 at 12:52pm
Up early for a sunrise lap of town and rewarded with a dolphin sighting at the footbridge in Lakes Entrance.
On the road for the next couple of days with meetings and events in Bairnsdale, Sale, Traralgon and Morwell. Might need a few coffee stops to keep me going!
Have a great day everyone.
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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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