Sale RSL and Community Club will receive almost $3000 to hold a commemorative remembrance ball to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced the funding, with Sale...


A new bridge linking Bairnsdale’s industrial area and the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange is starting to take shape. The $2.5 million project is being undertaken by local firm Tambo Constructions and will see Giles Street extended from Dalmahoy Street to Bosworth...


A new pavilion for netballers and cricketers has commenced construction at the Morwell Recreation Reserve. Traralgon company Langden Constructions is undertaking the works. The slab has been poured and framing has commenced. The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren...


Existing and prospective aged care providers across Gippsland are being encouraged to apply for a share in this year’s record allocation of 14,000 new aged care places, which has a special focus on rural, regional and remote locations. Federal Member for Gippsland...


Work on a new roundabout and improved streetscape in Rosedale is nearing completion with safety and economic benefits predicted by local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester announced $1 million from the Federal Government when he was Minister for Infrastructure and...


Construction and tourism jobs will be created in East Gippsland following the announcement of $1.5 million by Federal MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester today announced the Federal Government will contribute half the cost to build 81 kilometres of mountain bike trails near...

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Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 4:47pm
‘Marshmallow Boy’... Canberra life has made you soft! To be fair, it was a balmy 8 degrees in Traralgon at midday and I may have sooked a little bit to my staff! Winter has taken me by surprise for the 50th year in a row. #lovegippsland https://t.co/mgCjG0IZHI
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Outfit for @parkrunAU in Canberra tomorrow be like... https://t.co/7cXUiQe9cH
Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 9:04am
A fitting honour and tribute for a remarkable young woman who ran towards danger to help others. https://t.co/0rT0kDJT5Z
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An Australian woman who died in the London Bridge terror attack will be posthumously honoured by the Queen today for her extraordinary bravery. #7News https://t.co/jJVDun9XUY
Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 7:05am
Today nine Australian WW1 soldiers identified by the 2018 Fromelles Project Identification Board have had their new, named headstones unveiled. Incredible work by the UK & Australian Governments & Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Lest We Forget. @DVAAus @DeptDefence @CWGC https://t.co/5mqQMKug42 DarrenChesterMP photo

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Darren Chester MP added 4 new photos.Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at 9:04am
In late 2017, the partial remains of an Australian soldier were reported by a member of the public to be held in the collection of the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. These were found to be those of Private Hurdis who died from his wounds while under the care of United States medical teams following the Battle of Polygon Wood, Belgium.

Born in Sydney, Private Hurdis, aged 26, was employed as a labourer prior to his enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force on 12 September 1916. He embarked on the ship ‘Afric’ in Sydney on 3 November 1916 and was posted to the 59th Battalion on 6 April 1917. Private Hurdis died of his wounds on 3 October 1917.

The partial remains of Private Thomas Hurdis have now been re-interred with his substantive remains at the Mont Huon Military Cemetery in Le Treport, France.

Australia will not stop caring for the memory and commemoration of its servicemen and women, wherever they may be.

Lest We Forget.
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Darren Chester MP added 7 new photos.Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 10:02am
Today nine Australian World War I soldiers identified by the 2018 Fromelles Project Identification Board have had their new, named headstones unveiled at the Battle of Fromelles Commemoration and Headstone Rededication Ceremony on the 102nd anniversary of the battle.

This incredible work was made possible in partnership between the Australian and United Kingdom Governments, as well as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Importantly, the identification of these soldiers provides closure for some families with missing relatives lost during the battles of World War I.

To date the Fromelles Project has resulted in 159 Australian soldiers being identified.

Lest we forget.
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Darren Chester MPThursday, July 19th, 2018 at 6:48pm
This awe inspiring poem by William Ernest Henley captures the true essense of the remarkable men and women who will compete on the world stage in Sydney this October at the Invictus Games.

I challenge you to watch this and not choke up!
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Invictus, a poem by William Ernest Henley
Members of the Invictus Games community have joined together to narrate the poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henley. The poem reminds us all of the power of resilience…

About Darren

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

Darren Chester was appointed Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on February, 18, 2016.


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

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