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PROGRESS ON HIGHWAY UPGRADES

Federal MP Darren Chester says lives will be saved and more jobs created thanks to the $50 million upgrade of the Princes Highway between Bairnsdale and the New South Wales border. Mr Chester drove the length of the highway this week and was impressed with progress on...

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BATTLES AT FIRE SUPPORT BASES CORAL AND BALMORAL

Local MP Darren Chester found some familiar faces at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Battles at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral. Representing Australians as the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Mr Chester caught up with Ian Place...

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BATTLES OF CORAL AND BALMORAL

Local MP Darren Chester found some familiar faces at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Battles at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral. Representing Australians as the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Mr Chester caught up with John...

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FUNDING CONTINUES FOR VITAL CAR SAFETY PROGRAM

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the Federal Government’s $6.64 million commitment to fund Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) for another five years will save lives on local roads. Mr Chester said the latest funding would help ANCAP...

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HEYFIELD CONNECTION TO VILLERS-BRETONNEUX

Gippsland and the town of Heyfield have a special connection to the newly opened Sir John Monash Centre in the French town of Villers-Bretonneux. The interpretive centre, which honours more than 295,000 soldiers who served on the Western Front, and the 46,000 who died...

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DEEPLY HUMBLED BY SUPPORT FOR AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said he was ‘deeply humbled’ by the level of support for Australian soldiers, during a visit to the Western Front. Mr Chester assisted the Prime Minister at the official opening of the new Sir John Monash Centre in France...

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ELECTRONIC TARGET FOR YARRAM RIFLE CLUB

Yarram Rifle Club has a new electronic target, which will ease the job of volunteers and help to recruit more club members. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Federal Government had provided a $3300 grant towards the new target through the...

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MINIMAL CHANGE FOR GIPPSLAND ELECTORATE

The Australian Electoral Commission has released the Report of the Redistribution Committee for Victoria into electoral divisions, with minimal change for the electorate of Gippsland. The report recommends Gippsland be extended to include the whole township of...

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EAST GIPPSLAND FRONT AND CENTRE

Plans to develop East Gippsland were front and centre in Canberra last week, with the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer visiting Canberra to make a presentation to the Federal Minister for Regional Development.  Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester joined Cr...

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BUILDING TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE IN LAKES

Plans to build a walking track from the footbridge to Eastern Beach, which joins the existing footpath along the Lakes Entrance Esplanade, are gaining momentum. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said many locals, and regular visitors to Lakes Entrance, had...

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ROAD SAFETY FOCUS FOR EASTER

Gippslanders have been urged to take road safety seriously during the Easter long weekend and school holidays. With students finishing this week, The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has urged motorists to take regular breaks and travel safe on...

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BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE NATIONALS DARREN CHESTER

Students at Morwell’s Sacred Heart Primary School peppered The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester with questions for more than an hour during a recent visit to their school. The students, in grades four, five and six, quizzed Mr Chester on the workings of...

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GORMANDALE STUDENT LEADER PRESENTATION

Student leaders at Gormandale Primary School were encouraged to lead by example in the school yard and at home when Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester visited the school. Mr Chester presented this year’s School Leader Mikayla Tabone with a commemorative...

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RECUITING THE FUTURE ADF WORKFORCE

Students from Yarram Secondary College met with Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester, as well as Petty Officer (PO) Leigh Fester and Corporal (CPL) Stella Anning this week to learn about Australian Defence Force (ADF) careers. Mr Chester joined the...

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