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GIPPSLAND SHARES IN FEDERAL HYDROGEN HUB CASH

GIPPSLAND SHARES IN FEDERAL HYDROGEN HUB CASH

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the Latrobe Valley’s role as a critical energy generator will be boosted by the decision to include the region as one of seven hydrogen hubs in Australia. The Federal Government’s $1.2 billion hydrogen investment is set...

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2022 #LOVEGIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION OPEN

2022 #LOVEGIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION OPEN

Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to enter their best photographs in the 2022 #lovegippsland calendar competition. Mr Chester said the competition was now open and the winning photos would be featured in the annual calendar. “I love Gippsland and...

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FUNDING FOR SOIL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

FUNDING FOR SOIL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

Funding is available to improve soil management practices through the Federal Government’s Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities program. Local MP Darren Chester said local organisations and individuals can apply for grants of up to $250,000 to undertake...

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ASSISTANCE DOGS SAVING LIVES

ASSISTANCE DOGS SAVING LIVES

Former Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer Dale Potter from Seaspray, is amongst the first people to receive a psychiatric trained assistance dog from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Mr Potter, who had a distinguished career in Victoria Police and the...

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CHESTER WELCOMES OFFSHORE WIND FARM LEGISLATION

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the introduction of legislation to develop offshore electricity infrastructure with local jobs at stake. Mr Chester said the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill introduced to Federal Parliament would...

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$3 MILLION TO ADVANCE MANUFACTURING IN GIPPSLAND

The Federal Government is providing $3 million in funding through the Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) to DefendTex to conduct Australia’s first 3D printed rocket booster for space launch here in Gippsland. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said...

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FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY GARDEN

FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY GARDEN

SEED Lakeside Community Garden in Sale will benefit from funding from the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester said the grant was part of the Federal Government’s funding of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together program....

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BUSHFIRE FUND ‘RIP OFF’ CAN BE PREVENTED

BUSHFIRE FUND ‘RIP OFF’ CAN BE PREVENTED

East Gippsland community groups will be ‘ripped off’ if the Federal Government doesn’t boost the region’s allocation under the $280 million ‘Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program’, according to Federal MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester joined with State MP Tim...

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NEW VISA TO SUPPORT AGRICULTURE SECTOR

NEW VISA TO SUPPORT AGRICULTURE SECTOR

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the introduction of the Australian Agriculture Visa to help address workforce shortages and ensure local goods make it to market. Mr Chester said the visa was important for security of supply and agricultural production...

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BOOST FOR CHILD CARE SERVICES IN EAST GIPPSLAND

Two child care providers in East Gippsland have received a welcome funding boost to meet the needs of local families. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said over $380,000 has been allocated to the providers to help with operational costs. “Uniting Gippsland...

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BOOST FOR CHILD CARE SERVICES IN WELLINGTON

Three child care providers in Wellington have received a welcome funding boost to meet the needs of local families. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said over $230,000 had been allocated to the providers to help with operational costs. “Maffra Queen Street...

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BOOST FOR CHILD CARE SERVICES IN LATROBE

Two childcare providers in the Latrobe Valley have received a welcome funding boost to meet the needs of local families. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $110,000 had been allocated to the providers to help with operational costs. “Tilly’s Dream Pty...

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BUSHFIRE ENVIRONMENTAL RECOVERY BOOST

BUSHFIRE ENVIRONMENTAL RECOVERY BOOST

Nearly 20 projects in East Gippsland will receive funding to aid the recovery of native wildlife and habitat severely impacted by the 2019/20 black summer bushfires. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester welcomed the announcement of more than $3.8 million in...

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FUNDING BOOST FOR BENGWORDEN ROAD

Major works to upgrade safety and improve driving conditions on Bengworden Road will be delivered with a boost in Federal Government funding. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $5.04 million would be spent to improve safety measures along the road. “The works...

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FUNDING BOOST FOR STRATFORD-MAFFRA ROAD

FUNDING BOOST FOR STRATFORD-MAFFRA ROAD

Major works to upgrade safety and improve driving conditions on Stratford-Maffra Road will be deliver with a boost in Federal Government funding. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $1.476 million would be spent to improve safety measures along the road. “The...

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FUNDING BOOST FOR TRARALGON-MAFFRA ROAD

FUNDING BOOST FOR TRARALGON-MAFFRA ROAD

Major works to upgrade safety and improve driving conditions on Traralgon-Maffra Road will be delivered with a boost in Federal Government funding. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $3.024 million would be spent on stage two of works to the Traralgon-Maffra...

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A PATHWAY TO WATER SECURITY IN GIPPSLAND

A PATHWAY TO WATER SECURITY IN GIPPSLAND

The Macalister Resilience and Critical Infrastructure project will receive $2.5 million in Federal Government funding. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Government was pleased to support the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) project that would...

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FUNDING TO UPGRADE BAIRNSDALE AIRPORT

FUNDING TO UPGRADE BAIRNSDALE AIRPORT

Bairnsdale Airport will be upgraded thanks to a $220,000 funding boost under Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Regional Airports Program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the project would involve upgrading the airport water system to support...

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FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR DROUGHT RESILIENCE INNOVATION

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR DROUGHT RESILIENCE INNOVATION

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for organisations to apply for projects to manage and prepare for drought. Local MP Darren Chester said $34.2 million was available through the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Innovation Grants program. “Gippsland...

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CHESTER ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED

CHESTER ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging eligible Gippslanders to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Mr Chester, who received his second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine recently, said that high vaccination numbers would help bolster the fight against...

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FUNDING TO IMPROVE BUCHAN STREETSCAPE

FUNDING TO IMPROVE BUCHAN STREETSCAPE

Buchan streetscape will be upgraded thanks to Federal Government funding through the Local Economic Recovery Program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $1.4 million in Federal Government funding towards the $2.9 million project. Mr Chester said the...

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LIVES AT RISK AS BUREAUCRACY DITHERS

LIVES AT RISK AS BUREAUCRACY DITHERS

Gippsland motorists are being robbed of life-saving road upgrades because State and Federal Government bureaucrats are failing to do their jobs, according to the Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester said tens of millions of dollars in Federal Government...

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IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE IN EAST GIPPSLAND

IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE IN EAST GIPPSLAND

Five remote areas in East Gippsland will receive improved mobile phone coverage thanks to Federal Government funding. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said Anglers Rest, Goongerah and W Tree Creek will all have a small cell installed, while Pheasant Hill...

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SHOP LOCAL AND SUPPORT GIPPSLAND JOBS, SAYS CHESTER

SHOP LOCAL AND SUPPORT GIPPSLAND JOBS, SAYS CHESTER

Gippslanders are being called on to support local businesses during the current lockdown to help secure local jobs in the region. Local MP Darren Chester has challenged the community to buy local produce, takeaway meals and coffee and clothing and gifts from local...

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SNOWY TRESTLE BRIDGE WILL BOOST TOURISM

SNOWY TRESTLE BRIDGE WILL BOOST TOURISM

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the restoration of the historic Snowy River railway trestle bridge is an essential part of plans to boost the visitor economy of East Gippsland. Mr Chester met with community leaders who will manage the State...

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SUPPORT FOR MANUFACTURERS TO CREATE JOBS

Manufacturers, research institutions and organisations in Gippsland are being encouraged to work together on job-creating projects as part of the $800 million Collaboration stream of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). Local MP Darren Chester says the...

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EAST GIPPSLANDERS DISMAYED BY FIRE GRANTS PROGRAM

East Gippsland community leaders have written to the Prime Minister to express disappointment with a bushfire recovery grants program they say is insulting to the local community. East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Mendy Urie, State Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull,...

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EXTENSION OF GUARANTEES FOR HOME BUYERS

EXTENSION OF GUARANTEES FOR HOME BUYERS

An extension to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, the temporary New Home Guarantee program and the Family Home Guarantee will continue to support more Gippslanders achieve their dream of owning a home, says Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. The Federal...

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FEEDBACK WANTED ON DAIRY CODE OF CONDUCT

FEEDBACK WANTED ON DAIRY CODE OF CONDUCT

Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging Gippsland dairy farmers to have their say on the Dairy Code of Conduct. Mr Chester said the Code of Conduct was introduced at the beginning of 2020 to address market imbalances in the industry and was about to undergo its first...

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SUPPORT SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY

People with a disability in Gippsland will be encouraged to interact with a new dedicated one-stop shop providing advice and up-to-date information as a national campaign rolls out across our televisions. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the name of...

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VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT FAILS TO SUPPORT ASH

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT FAILS TO SUPPORT ASH

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says Gippslanders are owed an explanation after the State Labor Government backed imported timber over the local product for a signature building project. Mr Chester said the decision by the Victorian Government to award the...

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FURTHER SUPPORT FOR GIPPSLAND JOB SEEKERS

FURTHER SUPPORT FOR GIPPSLAND JOB SEEKERS

Job seekers in Gippsland will benefit from continued support with the extension of the Employment Facilitator services in the region. Local MP Darren Chester said the Gippsland Employment Facilitator would continue to coordinate employment and training opportunities...

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CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ON PRINCES HIGHWAY

CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ON PRINCES HIGHWAY

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has reminded local motorists to allow extra travel time and be alert to changed road conditions on the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale. A number of traffic changes have been implemented along the highway in the...

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BULLOCK ISLAND UPGRADE UNDERWAY

BULLOCK ISLAND UPGRADE UNDERWAY

The ongoing investment on Bullock Island is starting to take shape with almost $10 million worth of works set to transform the island for locals and visitors. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (pictured) said all levels of government had committed funding to...

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GUIDELINES RELEASED FOR BUSHFIRE RECOVERY GRANTS

GUIDELINES RELEASED FOR BUSHFIRE RECOVERY GRANTS

The guidelines have been released for the $280 million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the grants are designed to support bushfire impacted communities in their continued recovery. “The early release of...

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LOCAL HOTELS TO IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Hotels across Gippsland can now improve energy efficiency and lower power costs thanks to the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester said three accommodation providers in Wellington received funding. “Power bills can be a huge cost for local accommodation...

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LOCAL HOTELS TO IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Hotels across Gippsland can now improve energy efficiency and lower power costs thanks to the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester said four accommodation providers in East Gippsland received funding. “Power bills can be a huge cost for local accommodation...

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NEW TRAILER FOR MATHISON PARK VOLUNTEERS

NEW TRAILER FOR MATHISON PARK VOLUNTEERS

Local MP Darren Chester has announced Mathison Park Community Asset Committee in Churchill have received a $2,500 grant. Mr Chester said the committee was using the grant to purchase an equipment trailer and tools to help the volunteers. “The new trailer will help the...

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