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$130,000 FOR NEW FENCES AT MAFFRA LAWN TENNIS CLUB

Dilapidated fences at Maffra Lawn Tennis Club will soon be replaced as part of a one million dollar Federal Government cash injection into Wellington Shire. Local MP Darren Chester said $130,000 from the Federal Government would be spent erecting new fences at the...

NEW HELP FOR GIPPSLANDERS RECOVERING FROM BUSHFIRE

Gippslanders affected by the summer bushfires unsure where to turn for help can now go to a single place to discover the range of assistance measures available to them. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said he was concerned people in need had not been...

UPGRADES FOR GLENGARRY MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE

The historic Glengarry Mechanics’ Institute will benefit from some much needed renovations, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Federal Government. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the grant would be used to renovate the building, including the...

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR GIPPSLAND BUSINESSES REOPENING THEIR DOORS

Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to keep putting locals first and show their support for local businesses as many begin reopening their doors after the coronavirus shutdown. From Monday, June 1, Gippsland restaurants and cafes will be able to serve...

NEW PLAYGROUND READY TO CHALLENGE YARRAM PRIMARY STUDENTS

Students in grades three to six at Yarram Primary School are in for a big surprise when they return to school on Monday: there’s a brand new $32,000 playground for them to play on. The new playground has been installed and now stands ready to challenge the students,...

HELP TO COMBAT WEEDS AND PEST ANIMALS ON DROUGHT-AFFECTED FARMS

Drought-affected farmers in Wellington Shire will benefit from a half million dollar initiative to help them win the battle against pest animals and weeds. Local MP Darren Chester has announced the shire has secured $536,000 in Federal Government funding to rollout a...

‘LOVE WHERE WE LIVE’ 2020 GIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION

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, June 7th, 2020 at 3:31am
Former @AustralianArmy Corporal Glen Ferrarotto is giving back to his fellow veterans through the employment services he provides at @IronsideRec. Thank you for your service, Glen. Read more on Glen’s story: https://t.co/KlTlyfXYKO #TYFYS #OurVeterans https://t.co/Eszg6ufSB3 DarrenChesterMP photo
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Captain Justin Pacione is currently deployed on Operation PALADIN as a @UN Military Observer to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation. Thank you for your service Justin. #TYFYS #YourADF @AustralianArmy @DeptDefence https://t.co/mrRoSvzxwz DarrenChesterMP photo
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As the unofficial No. 1 fan and honorary publicist, it gives me enormous pleasure to announce the return of the show that presents some incredibly positive regional stories & people... although every episode should be in #lovegippsland @heatherewart1 #backroads Welcome back! https://t.co/TK0cOTeZoX
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We’re back! Travelling the mighty #Nullarbor on new series of #Backroads starting tomorrow 8pm ⁦⁦ @ABCTVhttps://t.co/aJZDTEDOcZ

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Darren Chester MPSunday, June 7th, 2020 at 6:30am
Glen Ferrarotto is an Australian Army veteran with over 10 years’ service as a Corporal, joining in 1997 as an 18 year old. He completed a heavy vehicle mechanic qualification and as part of his service, led Army sections through jungle warfare training in South East Asia and deployed twice to Afghanistan as part of the Special Operation's Task Group.

Glen’s posting cycles meant that by the age of 26 he had lived in three states and one territory. He transitioned into the Australian Reserves in 2008 and completed his official last day of service as a non-active reservist last month on 25 May 2020.

Four years after he transitioned to the Reserves, Glen founded Ironside Recruitment, a dedicated recruitment agency for veteran employment and over the past eight years has engaged with businesses from industries across Australia, establishing networks and raising awareness of the skills and qualities that veterans bring, while also directly helping veterans to understand their own value post transition.

“Even some four years after my own transition, there remained a huge gap between Defence and the private sector, so I thought I could do something about that with a few years of industry experience and network under my belt,” Glen said.

Working with veterans has provided Glen with a sense of purpose post Defence.

Read more about Glen’s story here: https://www.dva.gov.au/newsroom/meet-our-veterans/glen-ferrarotto-ironside-recruitment

Thank you for your service, Glen. #TYFYS #OurVeterans
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Darren Chester MPSunday, June 7th, 2020 at 1:03am
Congratulations to Eric Crowther who turns 100 years old today. Eric was born in Brisbane, Queensland, on 7 June 1920.

Eric joined the Australian Army Corps and served with the 14th/32nd Battalion in Jacquinot Bay and Lau. When landing in Jacquinot Bay, his battalion was tasked with establishing a base to support planned operations near the major Japanese garrison at Rabaul.

Eric enjoyed the mateship while serving and valued the career opportunities and the rewards for service to the country.

He transitioned in November 1945 and worked at Crown Stoves Foundry for 46 years. He started work at 14 years old and after the war returned to the job which was kept open for him. After fire destroyed the Foundry, he worked at the Carina State School as groundsman for two years before retiring.

Eric credits his long life to a supportive family, not smoking, the occasional drink, exercise (rode his bike for most of his life), working hard and staying active.

Happy birthday Eric and thank you for your service.

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Darren Chester MPSaturday, June 6th, 2020 at 11:00pm
Catherine Jose Jackson was trained as a meteorologist with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War and was stationed in England. Her husband served in Bomber Command & she never forgot the night of 22 November 1943.

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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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