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BAIRNSDALE GLCH CLINIC WORKS COMMENCE

Works have commenced on a major upgrade at the Gippsland Lakes Community Health Bairnsdale site. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is pictured with Len Chapman and Patrick Carson from Slap Architects, GLCH CEO Sue Medson and Rob Soulsby and Chris Banks from...

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CALENDAR ENTRIES CLOSE OCTOBER 5

Time is running out for budding photographers to submit photographs for Darren Chester’s annual #lovegippsland calendar. The Nationals Member for Gippsland has announced this year’s theme is ‘Four Seasons’ encouraging photographers to showcase Gippsland’s natural...

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TRAVEL SAFE DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has urged locals and visitors travelling the region to stay safe on Gippsland’s roads during the upcoming school holiday break, as roadworks continue across the region. While the new roundabout in Cann River is open to...

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INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he is working with all levels of government and the community to see new investment in tourism infrastructure and help the Lakes Entrance economy to grow. Mr Chester said he was working with his Parliamentary...

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PICTURE PERFECT

Budding photographers have just two weeks to submit their photographs for a chance to be included in The Nationals MP Darren Chester’s annual #lovegippsland calendar. The theme for the 2019 calendar competition is ‘Four Seasons’ to showcase Gippsland’s natural beauty...

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HOLIDAY LOCALLY AND CREATE LOCAL JOBS

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging locals to explore Gippsland during these school holidays and help create more local jobs. Mr Chester said one of the best ways to support local towns and small communities was to take a break within...

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GIPPSLAND PLAINS RAIL TRAIL

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is working with the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Committee to secure funding for improvements to the rail trail between Traralgon and Stratford. Mr Chester said the rail trail boasted train access at both Traralgon and...

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HYDRO AUSTRALIA

Hydro Australia is a local success story and a timely reminder that the Latrobe Valley is a great place to open your own business. Hydro Australia commenced in 1998 as a pump aftermarket service centre and is now a division of Hydro Inc, the largest independent pump...

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ROYAL COMMISSION INTO AGED CARE

Federal MP Darren Chester says he is confident the majority of Gippsland aged care providers are doing the right thing by older Australians but he has welcomed the Royal Commission into the Aged Care Sector. The Federal Government has announced a Royal Commission to...

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MORWELL CBD REVITALISATION WORKS TO START

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed confirmation of the final $1 million to allow works to commence in the Morwell town centre. Mr Chester said the Federal Government was providing $2 million toward the Morwell CBD revitalisation project,...

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PAYMENT INCREASE FOR GIPPSLAND PENSIONERS

Gippsland pensioners and allowance recipients will receive an increase to their payments from September 20. The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said pension payments including Age Pension and Disability Support Pension will rise by $8.70 a fortnight to...

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CCTV UPGRADE DELIVERS SAFER MORWELL STREETS

Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed in Morwell’s central business district to support local business. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government...

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INVESTING IN BROWN COAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

The Coalition Government continues to focus on harnessing the economic benefits that can come from the nation’s vast brown coal resources by making $1 million in funding available to Brown Coal Innovation Australia (BCIA). BCIA will use the funding to focus on...

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FENNING TIMBERS BAIRNSDALE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester met with the management team at Fenning Timbers in Bairnsdale to discuss key issues of concern affecting the local business and the timber industry more broadly. Mr Chester said Fenning Timbers was a key employer for the...

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FUNDING FOR MEMORIAL HALL WELCOMED

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed funding of almost $500,000 to upgrade Sale Memorial Hall. Mr Chester said the hall was one of the most iconic in Gippsland and one of the few capable of holding more than 500 people. “Sale Memorial Hall has...

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COMMONWEALTH FISHERIES OFFICE IN LAKES ENTRANCE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has officially opened the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) offices today in Lakes Entrance. The offices are located in the Federation Training building on Bullock Island. Mr Chester used the opportunity to...

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$2.9 MILLION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT IN EAST GIPPSLAND

East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority will receive almost $2.9 million over five years for environmental and agricultural projects. The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA) was among the...

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SALE’S NEWEST SPORTING FACILITY NEARLY FINISHED

Work on the new synthetic hockey field and pavilion at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex in Sale is nearing an end. The pavilion’s external doors and windows have been installed and the cabinetry is being fitted inside, with the one of the main features - the...

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FURTHER ASSISTANCE FOR LOCAL SHIRES IN DROUGHT

East Gippsland and Wellington shires have been named among 60 regions nationally to receive new funding from the Drought Communities Program as part of a suite of further drought support measures announced by the Federal Government. The Nationals Member for Gippsland...

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WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE NEEDED FOR DROUGHT

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has called for a whole of government response to assist Gippsland farmers in drought. Mr Chester has written to the Prime Minister advocating for all Ministers with a portfolio capacity to respond to the drought and...

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TRARALGON REMEMBERS WORLD WAR ONE NURSES

A new memorial will honour the service and sacrifice of nurses from the Traralgon area who served during World War One. The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced Traralgon Public Cemetery Fund will receive more than $4100 to remember the nurses....

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AVON RIVER RAIL BRIDGE

The Avon River rail bridge is part of a $530 million Gippsland Rail Line upgrade announced by Mr Chester when he was Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. Mr Chester was able to secure the funding as part of an historic announcement, being the first time the...

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PROVIDING JOBS AND TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

A key employer in the region, David Lucke’s Fresh Food Market is providing important employment and training opportunities for young people. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester visited recently to learn more about the growth of the business and met Peter...

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OFFSHORE REGULATOR ASKED TO REAPPRAISE SEISMIC SURVEY

French company’s plans to undertake a massive seismic survey over 17,000 square kilometres of Eastern Bass Strait has concerned local MP’s Tim Bull and Darren Chester and attracted criticism from the local fishing industry. Nationals Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull, has...

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MORWELL REMEMBERS THE END OF THE GREAT WAR

A commemorative brass plaque will be installed by the cenotaph in Morwell to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The plaque will sit alongside an older plaque that marks 100 years since the start of the Great War in 1915 and the landing of...

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PAYNESVILLE TO COMMEMORATE THE END OF THE GREAT WAR

The Paynesville RSL Sub-Branch will receive Federal Government funding to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice in November. The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced the sub-branch would receive $2700 to hold a ceremony to mark 100 years since the...

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APPLY NOW FOR GRANTS TO SUPPORT OUR VOLUNTEERS

Community groups across Gippsland can now apply for Federal Government funding to support the work of their tireless volunteers. The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has encouraged local not-for-profit groups to seek a share of $20 million in grants....

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THREE WEEKS TO PUT UP YOUR HAND FOR FEDERAL FUNDING

Sporting clubs and community groups in Gippsland have just three weeks to apply for their share in $150,000 to buy equipment or undertake small infrastructure projects. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging local groups to lodge an Expression of...

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NEW TOOLS FOR TOONGABBIE MEN’S SHED

Toongabbie men’s shed has received Federal Government funding to purchase new tools and equipment. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the committee had also undertaken some renovations to the shed including repainting. “Men’s sheds are an important...

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