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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today joined with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to announce funding to build 13 extra rooms at Gippsland Rotary Centenary House in Traralgon.

Rotary Centenary House will receive $900,000 for its stage three expansion, increasing the total number of rooms to 30.

“Gippsland Rotary Centenary House is a home-away-from-home for patients and their families undergoing treatment at Latrobe Regional Hospital,” Mr Chester said.

“Not only does it provide affordable accommodation, it provides a place for patients and their families to support each other through the challenging times.

“I have been a long-time supporter of Gippsland Rotary Centenary House and am proud to have been able to advocate on its behalf for Federal Government funding.”

Mr Chester said federal funding was the “final piece in the puzzle” and the stage three expansion was now ready to be built.

“Rotary Centenary House is an amazing project that epitomises everything that is great about Rotary,” Mr Chester said.

“Rotarians have built this facility and continue to manage the house for the benefit of patients and their families from outside of their immediate community.

“Gippsland Rotary Centenary House is based in the Latrobe Valley, but benefits enormously from the fundraising efforts of Rotarians across Gippsland, who appreciate the importance of this facility to those who must travel to receive treatment at Latrobe Regional Hospital,” Mr Chester said.

“What they have achieved so far is remarkable and I will continue to support this facility into the future.”

The funding for Gippsland Rotary Centenary House is part of a $20 million announcement being made today through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP) to create local jobs and stimulate business investment.

The package announced today is predicted to create more than 1200 new jobs, comprising approximately 345 construction positions and ongoing employment for about 900.

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