Demolition will soon start on the old clubrooms at the Lucknow Recreation Reserve to make way for a new $1.86 million facility for players and spectators. Members of the Lucknow Football and Netball Club have cleared the rooms of furniture and equipment and packed...


A project aimed at saving lives and reducing road trauma in Gippsland has been granted a share of funding under round five of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI). Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the funding would...


Yarram Men’s Shed is among four local men’s sheds in Gippsland to receive a welcome funding boost through the National Shed Development Program. Local MP Darren Chester has announced the Yarram shed would receive $2575 to buy tools and equipment. “I’ve been able to...


Players, coaches, officials and families will have something extra to look forward to when East Gippsland United Football Club resumes competition next season. The club has installed a new irrigation system to improve the playing conditions at Bairnsdale’s Howitt...


Changes have been made to grant programs for primary producers and small businesses so more Gippslanders affected by the summer bushfires can receive government support. Primary producers and small businesses in East Gippsland and Wellington shires will benefit from...


Conceptual drawings have been finalised for new female-friendly changerooms at Sale Main Oval. Both the changerooms under the grandstand and under the ‘Sporties’ clubrooms will be upgraded by the next football-netball season. There will also be a new unisex toilet...


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

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Sunday, August 9th, 2020 at 5:00am
Zoe was able to transfer the skills and experiences she gained as a cargo specialist working with heavy machinery in the @AustralianArmy in her current role at @ATO_gov_au. Read Zoe’s story: https://t.co/hb7AXGwRun #TYFYS #OurVeterans https://t.co/e61XyqtBsg DarrenChesterMP photo
Sunday, August 9th, 2020 at 3:00am
Proud Mara woman & Indigenous Liaison Officer FLTLT Tramaine Dukes recently posted to @AusAirForce Base Pearce. Tramaine took the initiative to create awareness & themed the bases’ fortnightly run/walk to “NAIDOC Friday”. Read more: https://t.co/o0MnkiUp3y #TYFYS #OurPeople https://t.co/z8UIubBPBx DarrenChesterMP photo
Sunday, August 9th, 2020 at 1:12am
Enjoy your break @annikasmethurst and congratulations on your career, so far! When it’s allowed, you really should tour #lovegippsland and taste the delights of the best region in Australia. Regional tourism will boom once we get this bloody virus under control #seeaustraliafirst https://t.co/91QMke1oVZ
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And some news from me...next month I’ll be stepping down as politics editor at the Sunday Tele/Herald Sun.

It’s been a tough 12 months. Looking forward to taking a short break from the newsroom & spending more time with my friends & family who have been a tremendous support https://t.co/jVjRFHpQ2Z

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Darren Chester MPSunday, August 9th, 2020 at 8:00am
Zoe joined the Australian Army in 2013, working with heavy machinery for six years before deciding it was time for a change. She now works at the @Australian Taxation Office and thanks her military colleagues, friends, family, employment support officer and the support she has received through Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs for helping her with her transition.

Zoe said she left the Army because of injuries that often left her in pain. “I felt like it was time for a change for, myself and my body, to have a better work-life balance.”

Transitioning to civilian life was not an easy journey for Zoe, but keeping in touch with her military and veteran friends helped as they were able to share their experiences and advice.

Her experience with driving and operating trucks and heavy machinery helped her to secure her first job after leaving the military - driving trucks on a cane farm during harvesting season.

Zoe now uses the communications skills she developed in the Army in her office role at the ATO. Zoe’s experiences have also led her to be well prepared to face the challenges of the fast-changing pandemic environment.

Zoe’s advice for transitioning personnel is to, “Go and ask for help…you’re not alone and people want to help. Build meaningful community connections and find support through things you enjoying doing”.

Read more of Zoe’s story: www.dva.gov.au/newsroom/meet-our-veterans

Thank you for your service #TYFYS #OurVeterans
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Darren Chester MPSunday, August 9th, 2020 at 6:00am
Proud Mara woman and Indigenous Liaison Officer FLTLT Tramaine Dukes recently posted to Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce. Tramaine took the initiative to create awareness and themed the bases’ fortnightly run/walk to “NAIDOC Friday”.

Read more: https://news.defence.gov.au/people/hit-ground-running

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Darren Chester MPSunday, August 9th, 2020 at 4:00am
Gilbert (Clem) Moore was born in Alberton, South Australia, 100 years ago today.

In June 1943, Clem enlisted with the Royal Australian Airforce and served in Papua, New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands. Clem was a crew member of a crash boat, rescuing aircraft crews in the sea after they had been shot down by the enemy, saving them from sharks or enemy sniper fire. Clem was a leading aircraftman at discharge.

Clem developed some long-term friendships while serving, particularly with Harry Robb and Rodney Bedford, both sadly deceased. He advises younger serving personnel to ‘do the best you can for your mates’.
After the war, Clem continued his pre-war career as a cabinetmaker and assisted in the family business, Harold J. Moore & Sons Funeral Directors. He and his family then moved to Oodla Wirra, South Australia, and built the roadhouse that is still in operation today. He also started a very successful transport company hauling livestock and wool. Clem was always inspired by his father, who was Lord Mayor of Port Adelaide before, during and after the war.

Clem’s secret to his long life is hard work, exercise and a great marriage of nearly 76 years. A bottle of Coopers stout each day for 30 years also helped.

Happy birthday Clem and thank you for your service. #TYFYS #OurVeterans

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.


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

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