Feb 2, 2021 | Latest News

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Local MP Darren Chester has headed back to Parliament for the first time in 2021 with a focus on delivering projects and securing more funding for Gippsland.

Mr Chester said he feels extremely positive and optimistic about the future and expressed how proud he is of everything Gippslanders have achieved together.

“Together, we have built more than one billion dollars of large and small projects across Gippsland since 2008,” Mr Chester said.

“I have been able to work with other levels of government and the community to build better roads, bridges, railway lines, defence infrastructure and telecommunications facilities while also investing in practical environmental projects and critical local services such as health, aged care, child care and schools.

“There’s always more work to be done as we aim to build a better, safer and stronger Gippsland, where everyone has the opportunity to get ahead.”

Mr Chester said as we recovered from the combined impacts of drought, bushfires and COVID-19 we needed to keep working together to support each other, create local jobs and give our young people the hope and confidence to achieve their full potential.

“We are a resilient, diverse and optimistic region with an amazing future,” Mr Chester said.

“As Federal Parliament resumes this week, I would like to thank Gippslanders for all the support I have received over the years and I look forward to getting things done in 2021.

“High on my job list this year is delivering the bushfire and economic recovery funding we have been promised; continuing to secure funding for practical environmental projects which protect our beautiful region, including the Gippsland Lakes and rivers; securing more doctors and skilled health workers to address the shortage we are experiencing; and improving our road, rail, air and telecommunication connectivity.”

Mr Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to share what’s on their list for Gippsland by emailing him their ideas to

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