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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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NATIONAL AMPUTEE AWARENESS WEEK

NATIONAL AMPUTEE AWARENESS WEEK

Every year, approximately 10,000 Australians lose a limb as a result of diabetes, cancer, trauma or infection. October 4-11 is National Amputee Awareness Week and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging everyone to take some time to learn more about...

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ANGEL GOWNS NEEDS A HOME.

ANGEL GOWNS NEEDS A HOME.

The ever growing demand and need for Angel Gowns has turned Julie Lumsden’s home into a packaging facility. Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc is a volunteer organisation that turns wedding dresses into garments for children under 18 months who have passed...

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OFFICIAL OPENING OF TRARALGON WEST SPORTING COMPLEX

OFFICIAL OPENING OF TRARALGON WEST SPORTING COMPLEX

The Traralgon West Sporting Complex was officially opened today after the completion of the first floor fit out. Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester attended the opening and viewed the completed facilities which will cater for over 300 participants each year....

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GIPPSLAND’S PRIORITIES TAKEN TO CANBERRA

GIPPSLAND’S PRIORITIES TAKEN TO CANBERRA

A group of Gippsland community leaders were in Canberra this week to lobby for key infrastructure projects. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack met with the One Gippsland delegation, which included representatives...

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HOPE CENTRE TAKING SHAPE

HOPE CENTRE TAKING SHAPE

The Hope Restart centre near Bairnsdale is taking shape with construction well underway on the 3,000 square metre building. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $3.8 million to help build the residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. Mr...

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NEW LAWS TO PROTECT GIPPSLAND FARMERS

Tough new farm trespass laws to protect Australia’s farmers from the unlawful actions of animal activists have passed the Australian Parliament. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill was about putting...

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COUNCIL URGED TO KEEP MANAGEMENT OF BULLOCK ISLAND

COUNCIL URGED TO KEEP MANAGEMENT OF BULLOCK ISLAND

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has asked East Gippsland Shire Council (EGSC) to urgently reconsider its decision to not take over the management of Bullock Island in Lakes Entrance. Mr Chester said he was ‘disappointed and surprised’ by Council’s split...

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ESPLANADE UPGRADE TAKES ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

ESPLANADE UPGRADE TAKES ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

The multi-million dollar upgrade of the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance has taken another step forward with the completion of the latest stage of Princes Highway works. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured the mix of Federal and State funding for the works...

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LAKES ENTRANCE CHANGEROOMS UNDERWAY

LAKES ENTRANCE CHANGEROOMS UNDERWAY

Work has started on the long-awaited Lakes Entrance Football Netball Club changeroom project. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured a grant of nearly $360,000 for Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve. Mr Chester said the current facilities at the Lakes...

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LAKES ENTRANCE FORESHORE UPGRADE TAKING SHAPE

LAKES ENTRANCE FORESHORE UPGRADE TAKING SHAPE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the multi-million upgrade of the Lakes Entrance foreshore is starting to take shape and will be welcomed by visitors and locals alike. Mr Chester inspected progress on the latest section of shared pathway to be...

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ROSEDALE’S REVITALISATION PROJECT COMPLETE

ROSEDALE’S REVITALISATION PROJECT COMPLETE

A $1.5 million facelift of Rosedale is now complete, including streetscape improvements and upgrades to Willow Park, with the official opening today. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $1 million in Federal Government funding towards the project to...

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JUST GET THE JOB DONE: CHESTER

JUST GET THE JOB DONE: CHESTER

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says his government should fund the entire cost of the highest priority stage of the Princes Highway duplication project between Traralgon and Sale. In a bid to break the political impasse between the State and Federal...

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CONTRACTOR APPOINTED FOR KEEGAN STREET RESERVE

CONTRACTOR APPOINTED FOR KEEGAN STREET RESERVE

Upgrades to Morwell’s Keegan Street Reserve are due to start by the end of the month. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $500,000 toward the Keegan Street Reserve last year as part of the Federal Government’s $5 million commitment to upgrade the...

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