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MORE WELCOME AT PARKRUN

MORE WELCOME AT PARKRUN

More volunteers and runners are welcome to join Lakes Entrance parkrun. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is pictured with parkrun volunteer Joyce Timmins ahead of Saturday’s run in heavy rain. The Lakes Entrance parkrun is a free community event held every...

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CHESTER SEEKS URGENT FISHING INDUSTRY SUPPORT

CHESTER SEEKS URGENT FISHING INDUSTRY SUPPORT

Federal member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging the Labor Government to intervene and assist communities directly impacted by proposed cuts to commercial fishing quotas. Mr Chester has requested an urgent meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Murray Watt to...

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NEW FLOORING AT CLIFTON WATERS

NEW FLOORING AT CLIFTON WATERS

Clifton Waters Retirement Village has upgraded flooring in communal areas thanks to previous Federal Government support. Local MP Darren Chester said the $7,800 grant had been provided through the Stronger Communities Program. “New vinyl plank flooring has been...

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FUEL EXCISE CUT SHOULD BE EXTENDED

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the temporary cut to fuel excise should be extended to help reduce pressure on family budgets and support the visitor economy across regional Australia. Mr Chester told Federal Parliament regional families will suffer...

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MALLACOOTA AIRPORT ESSENTIAL FOR COMMUNITY

MALLACOOTA AIRPORT ESSENTIAL FOR COMMUNITY

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has requested an urgent meeting with the Transport Minister to overcome changes to the certification of Mallacoota airport.  Civil Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) changes to the Manual of standards resulted in Mallacoota...

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CHESTER: URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED

CHESTER: URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has challenged the Prime Minister to prove he will govern for all Australians and has sought urgent action in relation to several critically important projects in Gippsland. Mr Chester spoke in Parliament this week regarding...

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FURTHER FMD MEASURES NEED TO BE IMPLEMENTED

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Labor Government’s introduction of foot mats at international airports is finally a step in the right direction. Mr Chester, who has been calling for further measures to be introduced, said Labor had failed to act...

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HELP KEEP LOCALS WARM THIS WINTER

HELP KEEP LOCALS WARM THIS WINTER

Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging locals to get behind the annual blanket drive at Dimmeys in Sale. Mr Chester said the annual blanket drive provided blankets to those less fortunate through the Monday Night Tucker program. “Dimmeys has blankets for sale for $10...

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OFFICIAL OPENING OF MALLACOOTA ABALONE CO-OP

OFFICIAL OPENING OF MALLACOOTA ABALONE CO-OP

The new $10 million Mallacoota Abalone Co-op will future proof the industry for decades to come, according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester attended today’s official opening and paid credit to the board, staff and community representatives...

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CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY AT LAKES REC RESERVE

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY AT LAKES REC RESERVE

Local MP Darren Chester (pictured) inspected the progress of the new amenities block at the Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve. Mr Chester said the new facilities were a part of a $400,000 project at the recreation reserve. “The reserve is a gathering place for the...

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CHESTER CROSSES FINISH LINE FIRST

CHESTER CROSSES FINISH LINE FIRST

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester was across the line first at Lakes Entrance parkrun on Saturday, and says it should never happen again. Mr Chester (right) is pictured with parkrun volunteers Lynn Oates, Samantha Payne and Andrew Symons. “The volunteers do...

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CHESTER CALLS FOR LOCAL PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED

CHESTER CALLS FOR LOCAL PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has written to new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese regarding the funding of local projects which are critical to the future of the region. Mr Chester urged the new Prime Minister to visit the region and to ensure essential...

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GIPPSLAND FIRST SEAT ‘OFFICIALLY DECLARED’

GIPPSLAND FIRST SEAT ‘OFFICIALLY DECLARED’

The seat of Gippsland was the first in Victoria to be ‘officially declared’ by the Australian Electoral Commission, with local MP Darren Chester recording the highest number of primary votes in Australia. Mr Chester secured a 3.79 per cent swing towards him despite...

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HIGHWAY INTERSECTION NEEDS WORK

HIGHWAY INTERSECTION NEEDS WORK

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he’s keen to secure Federal Government funding to upgrade a notorious intersection on the Princes Highway in Sale. The intersection of Dawson Street, Maffra Road and the Princes Highway is poorly designed and needs urgent work,...

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CHESTER HUMBLED BY ELECTION WIN

CHESTER HUMBLED BY ELECTION WIN

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he’s ‘incredibly humbled’ by the election result which delivered significant swings to him across the region, despite the change in government. Mr Chester recorded an increased primary vote of more than 55%, as voters...

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GIPPSLAND VETERANS WELFARE CENTRE BOOST

GIPPSLAND VETERANS WELFARE CENTRE BOOST

The Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre in Sale will receive a $2 million boost if the Federal Coalition Government is returned on Saturday. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the money would upgrade facilities to provide additional services for local...

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VALLEY LANDS A BIG BARRA

VALLEY LANDS A BIG BARRA

The Latrobe Valley will become home to the world’s largest indoor barramundi aquaculture farm with a $30 million boost from the Federal Government. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the consortium of private investors planning to build the $125 million farm...

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HIGHWAY SWITCH AT FLYNN

HIGHWAY SWITCH AT FLYNN

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (pictured) says the Princes Highway duplication project has reached a major milestone with traffic switched to the new section at Flynn. The $250 million final three stages of the project is 80% funded by the Federal...

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CHESTER ATTENDS MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC

CHESTER ATTENDS MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (left) and Mother’s Day Classic host Darren McCubbin at the start line of the 8km charity run. Hundreds of locals ran and walked around Lake Guthridge to support breast cancer survivors, remember loved ones and raise money...

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CHESTER TIPS RECORD PRE-POLL

CHESTER TIPS RECORD PRE-POLL

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is predicting record numbers of pre-polling as early voting centres open today (Monday) across Gippsland.    Mr Chester said the combined impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and increased opening hours of early voting...

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ROAD DELAYS RISKING LIVES

ROAD DELAYS RISKING LIVES

A failure to upgrade a busy intersection in Lakes Entrance is putting residents at risk of serious injuries, according to Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester has written to the State Government seeking an urgent explanation why work hasn’t started on the...

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BACKING LATROBE VALLEY MANUFACTURING FUTURE

BACKING LATROBE VALLEY MANUFACTURING FUTURE

The Morrison Government is investing $48.2 million in a state-of-the-art energy from waste facility in the Latrobe Valley, helping to power Opal’s pulp and paper mill while driving down emissions. The Government has today announced funding for Masdar Tribe Australia’s...

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CHESTER SEEKS GREAT ALPINE ROAD BOOST

CHESTER SEEKS GREAT ALPINE ROAD BOOST

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says a multi-year program of upgrades is needed to improve safety on one of Gippsland’s most important arterial roads. Mr Chester has called on the Federal and State Governments to list the Great Alpine Road as a ‘Road of...

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BONANG ROAD SEALING THIS YEAR

BONANG ROAD SEALING THIS YEAR

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (pictured) says he has been assured that work to complete the sealing of the Bonang Road will be completed within 12 months. Mr Chester secured $9 million for the sealing of the final 12 kilometres of the road to improve...

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR LAKES ENTRANCE?

WHAT’S NEXT FOR LAKES ENTRANCE?

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester will be asking Lakes Entrance residents “what’s next for our town” in a survey to be distributed ahead of the election on May 21. Mr Chester said the town was halfway through a major transformation and it was timely to ask...

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