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BUREAUCRATS NEED MORE URGENCY ON BUSHFIRE FUNDS

BUREAUCRATS NEED MORE URGENCY ON BUSHFIRE FUNDS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the bureaucracy needs to develop a greater sense of urgency to distribute a $68.8 million economic recovery program for bushfire impacted parts of Victoria, including East Gippsland. Mr Chester said it had taken too...

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GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY BUSHFIRE RECOVERY PROJECTS

GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY BUSHFIRE RECOVERY PROJECTS

Up to $150,000 is now available to local groups and organisations working to help the landscape and wildlife recover from the summer bushfires. Local MP Darren Chester wants community and conservation groups, indigenous organisations and local councils in Gippsland to...

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TENDERS OPEN TO BUILD NEW BULLOCK ISLAND BRIDGE

TENDERS OPEN TO BUILD NEW BULLOCK ISLAND BRIDGE

Qualified construction companies have less than two weeks to submit their tender to build a new bridge to Bullock Island near the gateway to Lakes Entrance. East Gippsland Shire Council has invited tenders to construct the replacement bridge. The council has also...

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$90,000 HELPING HAND FOR EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS

$90,000 HELPING HAND FOR EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS

The Bairnsdale Advertiser, Lakes Post and Snowy River Mail will receive more than $90,000 from the Federal Government to support local journalism during the coronavirus pandemic. Local MP Darren Chester said the three mastheads were the latest media outlets...

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SUNSHADE FOR BRIAGOLONG PRIMARY SCHOOL

SUNSHADE FOR BRIAGOLONG PRIMARY SCHOOL

Briagolong Primary School is ensuring its students are well protected from the sun while playing outside. The school has installed shade structures over the playground area with a helping hand from the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester said the $16,000...

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BUREAU BAN IS A MISTAKE, SAYS CHESTER

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging the Bureau of Meteorology to reverse its unexpected ban on local meteorologists providing weather forecasts on local radio stations. Mr Chester said his office had received dozens of requests from Gippslanders who...

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MALLACOOTA’S COMMUNITY CLUBROOMS COMPLETE

MALLACOOTA’S COMMUNITY CLUBROOMS COMPLETE

Local MP Darren Chester says the newly completed clubrooms in Mallacoota will be a valuable community asset for the town. Mr Chester was among the first people to stop by the new clubrooms during a recent visit to the town. “Everyone who has helped to secure the new...

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TENDERS OPEN FOR OFF-FIELD FACILITIES AT SALE OVAL

TENDERS OPEN FOR OFF-FIELD FACILITIES AT SALE OVAL

Federal MP Darren Chester says progress to upgrade off-field facilities at Sale Oval is welcome news for players, spectators and local businesses. Wellington Shire Council has invited commercial builders to tender to undertake the upgrade at the oval. The work has...

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MP SEEKS $10 MILLION FOR MALLACOOTA ROAD

MP SEEKS $10 MILLION FOR MALLACOOTA ROAD

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is seeking a $10 million road funding commitment to improve safety and boost tourism in Mallacoota and Gypsy Point. The local MP has placed a bid with the Federal Government to provide the money for the main access road...

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NEW MOBILE BASE STATION SWITCHED ON AT MANORINA

NEW MOBILE BASE STATION SWITCHED ON AT MANORINA

A new mobile base station has been switched on in East Gippsland and is now undergoing final testing. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the new macro cell base station was located on the Princes Highway about halfway between Orbost and Cann River. “This...

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HALL UPGRADES FOR EAST GIPPSLAND COMMUNITIES

HALL UPGRADES FOR EAST GIPPSLAND COMMUNITIES

Four community halls in East Gippsland will be upgraded to better prepare for future natural disasters, thanks to Local Economic Recovery Funding announced today. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $1.08 million had been allocated to East Gippsland and...

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ON TRACK: $13,000 FOR BOOLARRA TO YINNAR RAIL TRAIL

ON TRACK: $13,000 FOR BOOLARRA TO YINNAR RAIL TRAIL

Gippslanders may soon have a new trail to explore as part of the impressive network of rail trails throughout the region. A business case and master plan are being developed for a new path between the townships of Yinnar and Boolarra as part of the Grand Ridge Rail...

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‘BOLD’ BUDGET PLAN SECURING JOBS IN GIPPSLAND

‘BOLD’ BUDGET PLAN SECURING JOBS IN GIPPSLAND

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has described this year’s Budget as ‘a bold plan that invests in people, businesses and our communities to create jobs and keep us safe’. Mr Chester has welcomed the Budget’s focus on supporting and creating new jobs,...

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WATER INFRASTRUCTURE REBATE SCHEME EXTENDED

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE REBATE SCHEME EXTENDED

A rebate scheme that helps farmers to secure the water supply on their properties has been extended. The Federal Government has committed another $50 million for the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, bringing the total to $100 million being made...

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BUDGET BOOST FOR BONANG ROAD

BUDGET BOOST FOR BONANG ROAD

The Bonang Road will finally be fully sealed after years of campaigning by local residents, business owners and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester has confirmed the Federal Budget will include an additional $7 million to seal 12 kilometres of the...

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NEW TASKFORCE TO GET GPPSLANDERS BACK IN WORK

A jobs and skills taskforce will be established in Gippsland to help people get into paid employment. Local MP Darren Chester said Gippsland was one of 25 regions across Australia where a taskforce would be set up. “This new taskforce will support our region’s...

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INVESTING IN BETTER, SAFER ROADS IN WELLINGTON

INVESTING IN BETTER, SAFER ROADS IN WELLINGTON

Local MP Darren Chester says the busy commercial heart of Maffra will be safer when Wellington Shire’s $3.3 million streetscape renewal project is complete. Mr Chester said work along the southern service lane of Johnson Street, funded with $1 million from the Federal...

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$200 MILLION INVESTMENT IN REGIONAL TOURISM

$200 MILLION INVESTMENT IN REGIONAL TOURISM

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he will work with local councils to secure additional funding for tourism infrastructure following the announcement of a new $200 million fund. The Federal Government has announced a new round of the Building Better...

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CHESTER WELCOMES NBN UPGRADE

Gippslanders will have access to ultra-fast broadband as part of a $4.5 billion investment and upgrade to the National Broadband Network (NBN). The network investment will give up to 75 per cent of fixed line premises across regional and metropolitan Australia access...

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FUNDING TO SUPPORT GREATER ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Two community groups in Gippsland are on their way to becoming more energy efficient after securing welcome financial help from the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester has announced the Sale Tennis Club and Heyfield’s War Memorial Hall will now be able to...

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TENDERS CALLED FOR HEYFIELD PUMP TRACK

TENDERS CALLED FOR HEYFIELD PUMP TRACK

A major project in the heart of Heyfield to create a youth precinct comprising a new bicycle pump track and an expanded skate park has reached an important milestone. Wellington Shire Council is now inviting civil construction contractors to submit their tender to...

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INVESTING IN ROAD SAFETY IN EAST GIPPSLAND

INVESTING IN ROAD SAFETY IN EAST GIPPSLAND

East Gippsland Shire Council has received a $2.33 million payment from the Federal Government to improve the safety of local roads. The money is part of almost $18 million East Gippsland will receive under the Roads to Recovery Program over four years to 2023-24....

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CHESTER BACKS EAST GIPPSLAND RAIL TRAIL DEVELOPMENT

CHESTER BACKS EAST GIPPSLAND RAIL TRAIL DEVELOPMENT

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging all levels of government and the community to support a $6.5 million plan to redevelop the East Gippsland Rail Trail and provide a link to Lakes Entrance. Mr Chester has been working closely with the volunteer...

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BONANG HIGHWAY UPGRADE A STEP CLOSER: CHESTER

BONANG HIGHWAY UPGRADE A STEP CLOSER: CHESTER

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he’s optimistic the Bonang Highway will finally be fully sealed after positive discussions with his Federal Government colleagues. Mr Chester has formally written to Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack requesting $9 million...

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SURF LIFE SAVING CLUBS A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT

SURF LIFE SAVING CLUBS A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT

A report into the value of surf life saving has found what many people in Gippsland already know: our volunteers are worth their weight in gold. Deloitte Access Economics did the calculations and put a price on the social and economic value of Surf Life Saving...

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SUPPORTING YOUNG GIPPSLANDERS THROUGH 2020 AND BEYOND

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a tough year for people in Gippsland. Drought, bushfires and the coronavirus have impacted many lives, including teenagers and those in their early twenties. That’s why the Federal Government is now offering grants between $5000 and...

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