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$2.63 MILLION TO IMPROVE MOBILE COVERAGE

$2.63 MILLION TO IMPROVE MOBILE COVERAGE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the announcement of $2.63 million for the installation of a fibre optic path between Tambo Crossing and Swifts Creek to improve mobile reception. Mr Chester said the installation of a 42-kilometre fibre path...

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IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION FOR TOONGABBIE

IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION FOR TOONGABBIE

The installation of a Telstra 4GX small cell will improve mobile phone reception at Toongabbie. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the installation of the small cell was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to improve connectivity through its...

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IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION FOR GIPSY POINT

IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION FOR GIPSY POINT

The installation of a Telstra base station will improve mobile phone reception at Gipsy Point. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the installation of the base station was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to improve connectivity through its...

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IMPROVED MOBILE RECEPTION FOR CABBAGE TREE CREEK

IMPROVED MOBILE RECEPTION FOR CABBAGE TREE CREEK

The installation of a Telstra small cell will improve mobile phone reception at Cabbage Tree Creek. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the installation of the base station was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to improve connectivity through...

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FUNDING TO SUPPORT LOCAL MANUFACTURING INNOVATION

Manufacturers in Gippsland can receive financial support to invest in new ideas and become more competitive in the marketplace. Local MP Darren Chester said the $30 million Manufacturing Commercialisation Fund could help businesses carry out projects that bring...

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POWERING COMMUNITIES PROGRAM NOW OPEN

Funding is now available for community groups in Gippsland to improve energy efficiency and lower power bills. Local MP Darren Chester has called for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Federal Government’s Powering Communities Program. “Energy bills are often one...

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FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING GRANTS OPEN

Gippsland food and beverage manufacturers can capitalise on Australian made products with funding now available for the sector under the Federal Government’s $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). Food and Beverage is the fourth of six National...

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BOOST FOR EAST GIPPSLAND JOBS

BOOST FOR EAST GIPPSLAND JOBS

The Federal Government will provide $7 million supporting five East Gippsland community-based projects to boost the regional economy. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester have announced the first projects under the...

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$1.3 MILLION UPGRADE FOR FOREST PARK IN ORBOST

$1.3 MILLION UPGRADE FOR FOREST PARK IN ORBOST

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured $1.3 million for a much-needed upgrade of Forest Park. Mr Chester said the Forest Park upgrade would revitalise and modernise Orbost’s recreation area, visitor rest-stop and gateway to the East Gippsland Rail...

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$1 MILLION TO UPGRADE SLIP ROAD IN PAYNESVILLE

$1 MILLION TO UPGRADE SLIP ROAD IN PAYNESVILLE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured $1 million in Federal Government funding towards an upgrade of Slip Road in Paynesville. Mr Chester had been working with the Paynesville Business and Tourism Association and East Gippsland Shire Council on plans...

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$2.2 MILLION BOOST FOR LAKES ENTRANCE WALK

$2.2 MILLION BOOST FOR LAKES ENTRANCE WALK

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured $2.2 million in Federal Government funding for stage one of an all abilities boardwalk and concrete path in the heart of Lakes Entrance. Mr Chester said the indigenous themed boardwalk and shared pathway known as...

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RAIL TRAIL $2 MILLION BOOST: CHESTER

RAIL TRAIL $2 MILLION BOOST: CHESTER

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured $2 million for the first stage of a much-needed upgrade of the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Mr Chester said he had been working closely with the volunteer committee of management for more than two years to seek...

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NEW PBS LISTINGS TO PROVIDE HOPE FOR GIPPSLANDERS

Gippslanders will benefit from expanded access to life changing medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), giving further support to patients and their families. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said from today, new medicines for people...

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ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

On Wednesday March 31 2021, the Royal Australian Air Force celebrated its centenary. Federal Member for Gippsland and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel attended events in Canberra to mark the day including the Australian War Memorial’s Last Post...

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LOCAL STUDIO TO SUPPORT REGIONAL ARTISTS

A local arts studio will expand their facilities and resources for local artists thanks to Federal Government funding. Arts Resource Collective (Arc) in Yinnar received $30,000 as part of the Regional Arts Fund, Recovery Grants. Local MP Darren Chester said the...

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GENOA FOOTBRIDGE REPLACEMENT UNDERWAY

GENOA FOOTBRIDGE REPLACEMENT UNDERWAY

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed progress on the replacement of the Genoa pedestrian bridge which was destroyed in last summer’s bushfires. Mr Chester said the 93-year-old footbridge was the centrepiece of the town and a great loss for the...

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IMPROVING WATER QUALITY AT CORNER INLET

IMPROVING WATER QUALITY AT CORNER INLET

A project to improve water quality at Corner Inlet has received a welcome boost from the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester announced that Yarram Yarram Landcare Network would receive $100,000 for the project that brings together different components of the...

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GIPPSLANDERS: CHECK FOR UNCLAIMED SUPER

Gippslanders hard earned wages are waiting to be claimed, in the form of lost and unclaimed superannuation. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said there is $40 million of lost and unclaimed superannuation in Gippsland, money that workers may not even know...

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CHESTER BACKING PAPER AND TIMBER JOBS

CHESTER BACKING PAPER AND TIMBER JOBS

The Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has written to the owners of Australian Paper’s Maryvale mill to seek assurances on behalf of hundreds of workers whose jobs are threatened by cuts to timber supply. Mr Chester said he didn’t believe State Government...

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2021 VOLUNTEER GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN

2021 VOLUNTEER GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN

Gippsland community organisations can apply for Federal Government funding to support the work of their volunteers. Mr Chester this week announced the 2021 Volunteer Grants round was now open for Expressions of Interest (EOI) and encouraged local volunteer...

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VULNERABLE GIPPSLANDERS BOOK IN FOR VACCINE

GPs and health clinics across Gippsland will start administering the COVID-19 vaccine from Monday, 22 March 2021 as part of Phase 1B of the rollout. The first week of the next phase will see locations in Churchill, Traralgon, Morwell, Sale, Paynesville and Lakes...

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RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY

Two words that I believe can guide us all in the current debate about the treatment of women and children in our society. Respecting yourself. Respecting all others. And taking responsibility for your own actions. It remains our enduring challenge to achieve equality...

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FUNDING FOR WILDLIFE BUSHFIRE RECOVERY

FUNDING FOR WILDLIFE BUSHFIRE RECOVERY

East Gippsland will receive more than $800,000 for bushfire rehabilitation projects to help wildlife and the landscape recover from last year’s summer bushfires. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the community grants would support hands on projects from...

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NEW FACILITIES AT CATHOLIC COLLEGE SALE

NEW FACILITIES AT CATHOLIC COLLEGE SALE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, together with Most Reverend Gregory Bennet, Bishop of Sale, today officially opened a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the John 23rd building at Catholic College Sale. Mr Chester secured $1 million for the project...

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EAST GIPPSLAND TO BE SHOWCASED AS ARTS DESTINATION

A local floating arts residency will showcase East Gippsland as a sustainable arts destination thanks to Federal Government funding. Local MP Darren Chester said the FLOAT based on Lake Tyers had received a $30,000 grant as part of the Regional Arts Fund, Recovery...

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HYDROGEN OPERATIONS BEGIN IN LATROBE VALLEY

HYDROGEN OPERATIONS BEGIN IN LATROBE VALLEY

Operations have commenced at Loy Yang Power Station and Hastings hydrogen liquefication, storage and loading terminal to turn brown coal into hydrogen. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Federal Government had committed $50 million to the Hydrogen...

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NEW CABLE MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN ROSEDALE

NEW CABLE MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN ROSEDALE

The former Rosedale leather tannery has been repurposed and is now the home of a $6.3 million advanced cable manufacturing facility. The Federal Government has co-funded the transformation of the 10,000 square metre old tannery building into a specialised cable...

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STATEMENT FROM DARREN CHESTER ON YALLOURN CLOSURE

Today’s announcement of the decision to close the Yallourn Power Station four years earlier than originally planned will be a blow to workers, their families, local suppliers and the broader Gippsland region. I want to thank all Latrobe Valley power station workers...

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GIPPSLANDERS ENCOURAGED TO CALL OUT DISRESPECT

GIPPSLANDERS ENCOURAGED TO CALL OUT DISRESPECT

The Federal Government has launched the third phase of a $18.8 million national campaign to reduce violence against women and children. The Stop it at the Start campaign encourages adults to speak up and empowers them to take action that will have a positive influence...

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MAJOR RESTORATION OF BAIRNSDALE CENOTAPH

MAJOR RESTORATION OF BAIRNSDALE CENOTAPH

The upgraded Bairnsdale cenotaph was today officially opened after undergoing months of restoration works. Local MP and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester attended the opening ceremony held at the cenotaph in the main street of Bairnsdale to mark the...

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CHESTER VISITS SWAN REACH PRIMARY SCHOOL

CHESTER VISITS SWAN REACH PRIMARY SCHOOL

Local MP Darren Chester this week delivered new flags to Swan Reach Primary School and presented student leaders with certificates. Mr Chester also spent some time listening to the preps tell stories about their families. He told students to dream big and work hard...

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FUNDING AVAILABLE TO DRIVE ROAD SAFETY INNOVATION

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO DRIVE ROAD SAFETY INNOVATION

Funding is now available to lower road trauma as part of round two of the Road Safety Innovation Fund. Local MP Darren Chester encouraged organisations with an interest in road safety research and technology development to apply. “Every year we see many lives lost on...

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CHESTER SUPPORTS PLANS TO CONSOLIDATE SALE COLLEGE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is supporting The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien in a bid to consolidate Sale College on one site with a new school. Mr Chester, a former student of the college, says the State Government is neglecting...

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YARRAM’S REGENT THEATRE FACELIFT BEGINS

Work to restore Yarram’s Regent Theatre has started with the installation of scaffolding. Local MP Darren Chester said this marks the start of a $240,000 facade restoration which includes accessibility improvements and new signage on the iconic building. “The Regent...

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LAKES ENTRANCE TRANSFORMATION CONTINUES

LAKES ENTRANCE TRANSFORMATION CONTINUES

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the transformation of the Princes Highway through Lakes Entrance is progressing with improvements near the Club Spit, the western entrance to town from Kalimna and Eastern Beach Road intersection. Mr Chester said...

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MORE SUPPORT FOR DROUGHT AFFECTED FARMERS

MORE SUPPORT FOR DROUGHT AFFECTED FARMERS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Victorian Government had finally signed up to the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, allowing funds to again flow to Gippsland farmers. The Federal Government has provided $100 million for the...

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