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BUSHFIRE RECOVERY MUST SUPPORT LOCALS

BUSHFIRE RECOVERY MUST SUPPORT LOCALS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging all levels of government to maximise local job opportunities as part of the bushfire recovery effort. Mr Chester said local farmers and businesses were suffering as a direct result of the fires and evacuation...

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HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY BUSHFIRES

HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY BUSHFIRES   People affected by the bushfires in East Gippsland are eligible for a range of services and support. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said navigating the help available could be confusing but encouraged...

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ASSISTANCE FOR GIPPSLAND RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY FIRES

Gippsland residents impacted by the bushfires are eligible for disaster relief payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child from tomorrow. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the assistance was available through the Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery...

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A NEW PLAYGROUND FOR YARRAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

A NEW PLAYGROUND FOR YARRAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

Yarram Primary School will receive $20,000 towards a new $32,000 playground for its middle and senior school students. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester this week announced the school was one of 11 across Gippsland to share almost $200,000 from the Federal...

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A WELCOME GIFT FOR LONGFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL

A WELCOME GIFT FOR LONGFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL

Longford Primary School will receive $20,000 to transform its multi-purpose hall into an effective learning space. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester this week announced the school was one of 11 across Gippsland to share almost $200,000 from the Federal...

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2019-20 VOLUNTEER GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN

2019-20 VOLUNTEER GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN

Gippsland volunteer organisations have an opportunity to receive much needed financial support for their valuable work in the community. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester this week announced the 2019-2020 Volunteer Grants round was now open. “Grants of...

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HAVE A SAFE SUMMER HOLIDAY IN GIPPSLAND

HAVE A SAFE SUMMER HOLIDAY IN GIPPSLAND

Gippslanders are being urged to take a break in their own backyard this summer and remember to take their family’s safety seriously. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the summer holidays were a perfect time to explore the region’s natural attractions...

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CHESTER SHUNS CHRISTMAS PUDDING FOR CHARITY FUN RUN

CHESTER SHUNS CHRISTMAS PUDDING FOR CHARITY FUN RUN

Local MP Darren Chester won’t be able to over-indulge over the Christmas holidays as it’s now less than two months before for the 2020 Race the Rubeena Sale Community Fun Run. Mr Chester has competed in the first of two Race the Rubeena fun runs, but is concerned...

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WORK BEGINS ON LUCKNOW’S NEW NETBALL COURTS

WORK BEGINS ON LUCKNOW’S NEW NETBALL COURTS

Heavy machinery has begun working on the new netball courts as part of the $1 million upgrade at Lucknow Recreation Reserve. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester met with Tania McNamara and Stephen Bull from Lucknow Football and Netball Club to learn more about...

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A NEW ERA AT COWWARR CRICKET CLUB HOTEL

A NEW ERA AT COWWARR CRICKET CLUB HOTEL

There’s a new team at the Cowwarr Cricket Club Hotel - and they’re breathing new life into the classic pub. At the helm is licensee Jarrod Michael, who’s helping fellow veterans adjust to life after military service by providing meaningful work. Federal Member for...

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LOCH SPORT CIRCUIT CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN SOON

LOCH SPORT CIRCUIT CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN SOON

Outdoor fitness equipment will soon be installed along the Loch Sport foreshore. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $100,000 as part of the Active Gippsland initiative announced during the recent election campaign. Mr Chester said the installation of...

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CHESTER SUPPORTS ABALONE FISHERMEN

Abalone fishermen across Gippsland are opposing a proposed compulsory levy of 1.5% by the Abalone Council Australia to their annual abalone catch. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is throwing his support behind abalone fishermen opposing the 1.5% levy to...

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ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AFFECTED GIPPSLAND FARMERS

ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AFFECTED GIPPSLAND FARMERS

Drought affected farmers across Gippsland can now apply for an additional $3000 through the Federal Government’s extension of the Drought Community Support Initiative. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the initiative would help farming families with...

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CHESTER BACKS FLYNN COMMUNITY EFFORTS TO UPGRADE HALL

CHESTER BACKS FLYNN COMMUNITY EFFORTS TO UPGRADE HALL

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is backing Flynn community efforts to upgrade the local hall. Mr Chester inspected the hall this week and agreed with locals that it’s time for some significant improvements. ”The Flynn Hall would’ve hosted plenty of good...

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UNITED FIGHT NEEDED FOR TIMBER INDUSTRY

UNITED FIGHT NEEDED FOR TIMBER INDUSTRY

Gippsland timber industry workers and business owners need to remain united to fight the Andrews Labor Government’s ban on native hardwood logging, according to Federal MP Darren Chester. The Member for Gippsland attended the annual Victorian Association of Forest...

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RAIL TRAIL READY FOR RIDERS

RAIL TRAIL READY FOR RIDERS

A $100,000 upgrade of the East Gippsland Rail Trail has been completed in time for the busy summer holiday period thanks to a Federal Government grant. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has congratulated the rail trail committee for moving quickly to secure...

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#LOVEGIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION WINNERS NAMED

#LOVEGIPPSLAND CALENDAR COMPETITION WINNERS NAMED

An early morning captured at Bastion Point in Mallacoota has won the 2020 #lovegippsland calendar competition, organised by Federal MP Darren Chester. The winning photo, taken by Martin Ascher of Mallacoota, was chosen from more than 350 entries. Geoff Parrington from...

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A DROUGHT PACKAGE TO BACK GIPPSLAND

A DROUGHT PACKAGE TO BACK GIPPSLAND

Drought-hit communities and farmers in Gippsland will get a significant boost from the Federal Government’s $709 million drought relief package. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the package was designed to support both Gippsland farmers and the surrounding...

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STATEMENT ON DEATH OF KEVIN HOGAN

No-one has made a greater contribution to the Gippsland sporting community over the past 50 years than Kevin Hogan. An elite sportsman as a young man, Hoges was a journalist, photographer and broadcaster with a passion for all sports, but particularly the Sale...

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ROSE GARDEN FESTIVAL TO ATTRACT HUGE CROWD

ROSE GARDEN FESTIVAL TO ATTRACT HUGE CROWD

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is predicting a ‘huge crowd’ will attend the 2019 Morwell International Rose Garden festival. The Local MP secured a $100,000 Federal Government grant to support the event on November 16-17 and says there will be activities and...

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FUNDING TO TAKE GIPPSLAND START-UPS GLOBAL 

Gippsland start-ups will have new opportunities to grow and expand into global markets thanks to Federal Government funding. Latrobe City Council is receiving $399,498 for its Startup Gippsland project to help regional founders turn their start-ups into global...

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CHESTER WISHES YEAR 12 STUDENTS BEST OF LUCK

With end of year VCE exams approaching, Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is wishing all students completing their VCE the best of luck. Mr Chester said final school exams could be a very daunting time for students and it is important students feel...

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WORK BEGINS ON LATROBE CREATIVE PRECINCT

WORK BEGINS ON LATROBE CREATIVE PRECINCT

Latrobe Valley residents will soon have a state-of-the-art performing arts centre after construction of the Latrobe Creative Precinct began this week. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the $38.5 million project will provide an exceptional facility for...

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LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPIONS GRANTS NOW OPEN

LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPIONS GRANTS NOW OPEN

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging young aspiring sportspeople to apply for the third round of the Local Sporting Champions Program. The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance to aspiring young athletes, coaches and...

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MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING FOR ROTARY CLUB OF TRARALGON

MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING FOR ROTARY CLUB OF TRARALGON

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured $22,440 from the Gippsland Primary Health Network to allow the Rotary Club of Traralgon and Lifeline to provide mental health training to members of the local community. Mr Chester wrote to the Gippsland Primary...

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REGIONAL AIRPORT PROGRAM TAKES OFF

REGIONAL AIRPORT PROGRAM TAKES OFF

Gippsland Regional Airport owners and operators will soon be able to apply for funding for safety upgrades under the Federal Government’s $100 million Regional Airports Program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said application guidelines were now...

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AGSHOWS GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Show societies across Gippsland are encouraged to apply for the Federal Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program (AgShows) funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions. Federal Member for Gippsland...

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