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SWIFTS CREEK POOL UPGRADE UNDERWAY

SWIFTS CREEK POOL UPGRADE UNDERWAY

Swifts Creek will soon be home to a new swimming pool as a major redevelopment of the pool and amenities gets underway. Local MP Darren Chester said the roof replacement works, installation of the pool chlorinators and solar heaters have now been completed. “Works on...

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PREMIER MUST ACT ON FARM WORKER SHORTAGE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is calling on Premier Daniel Andrews to bring in more Pacific workers to help address the seasonal farm worker shortage in the Victorian agricultural sector. Mr Chester wrote to the Premier in December expressing the...

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FUNDING STRATEGIC PROJECTS CRITICAL IN RECOVERY

FUNDING STRATEGIC PROJECTS CRITICAL IN RECOVERY

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has nominated six strategic projects which should receive bushfire recovery funding as soon as possible to boost local jobs. Mr Chester said the long delays in announcing funding for regional economic recovery projects was...

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WORKING TO IMPROVE MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE IN LICOLA

WORKING TO IMPROVE MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE IN LICOLA

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the first step towards improving mobile phone coverage in Licola. Mr Chester said the installation of a new small cell would provide year-round coverage in Licola township. “The installation of a small cell...

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RECORD ROAD FUNDING ON THE WAY FOR GIPPSLAND

RECORD ROAD FUNDING ON THE WAY FOR GIPPSLAND

Gippsland motorists are set to benefit from record road funding for local projects over the next two years, according to local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester said the Federal Government was partnering with other levels of government to deliver road and bridge projects...

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BUSHFIRE ROADS RECEIVE FUNDING BOOST

BUSHFIRE ROADS RECEIVE FUNDING BOOST

Three arterial roads significantly impacted by last summer’s bushfires will receive more than $10 million in Federal Government funding to improve safety and resilience of the transport corridors. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Bonang Rd,...

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BOOST FOR LAKES ENTRANCE ROADS

BOOST FOR LAKES ENTRANCE ROADS

The transformation of Lakes Entrance’s main transport routes will continue in 2021 with the Federal Government signing off on $13.6 million worth of works. Local MP Darren Chester said the funding package would include the next stage of works on The Esplanade, a new...

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BOOST FOR SALE’S MARLEY STREET COMMUNITY HUB

A community organisation in Sale will receive a helping hand from the Federal Government to support its hard-working volunteers. Local MP Darren Chester said the Marley Street Community Hub would receive a grant worth more than $1000. “Volunteers and local community...

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BOOST FOR GIRL GUIDES AT GLENGARRY WEST

A community organisation in the Latrobe Valley will benefit from Federal Government funding to support its hard-working volunteers. Local MP Darren Chester said $1,930 had been allocated to the Girl Guides Burnet Park Campsite in Glengarry West. “Volunteers and local...

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BOOST FOR VOLUNTEER ORGANISATIONS IN EAST GIPPSLAND

BOOST FOR VOLUNTEER ORGANISATIONS IN EAST GIPPSLAND

Six local community organisations in East Gippsland will receive money from the Federal Government to support their hard-working volunteers. Local MP Darren Chester said grants between $1,000 and $5,000 had been allocated to help the local groups with their expenses....

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DANCE HUB FOR EAST GIPPSLAND

A regional dance hub will be established in East Gippsland after receiving funding through the Federal Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund. Omeo Dance Inc has received a $68,000 grant to create the hub in East Gippsland. Federal Member...

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$1.7 million to support timber jobs in Gippsland

$1.7 million to support timber jobs in Gippsland

Local MP Darren Chester has announced the Federal Government will invest $1.7 million in an innovative advanced manufacturing facility in Heyfield to secure and create local jobs. Mr Chester said Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) would use the money to establish...

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GRANTS TO HELP MODERNISE MANUFACTURING IN GIPPSLAND

Manufacturers in Gippsland with shovel-ready projects to increase productivity and grow jobs can now apply for government funding to help modernise their operations. Local MP Darren Chester said businesses could now apply for between $100,000 and $1 million to invest...

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ESPLANADE IMPROVEMENTS TO BE FINISHED FOR CHRISTMAS

ESPLANADE IMPROVEMENTS TO BE FINISHED FOR CHRISTMAS

The latest stage of the multi-million upgrade of the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance will be finished before Christmas. Local MP Darren Chester has paid tribute to the local workforce for cooperating with business owners and getting the job done with a minimum amount of...

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STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER IN GIPPSLAND, URGES CHESTER

STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER IN GIPPSLAND, URGES CHESTER

Gippslanders are being urged to take safety seriously this summer with visitor numbers in holiday hotspots expected to soar as Melbournians leave the city after months of coronavirus curfews and lockdowns. Local MP Darren Chester says traffic on the roads will be...

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VALLEY FAMILY REPLACES LONG LOST MEDALS

VALLEY FAMILY REPLACES LONG LOST MEDALS

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has helped one Latrobe Valley family replace lost war medals. Mr Chester met with Morwell resident Pat Ruane this week to present her with medals for her brother’s service during the Second...

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HAUNTED HILLS BIKE PARK WORK BEGINS

HAUNTED HILLS BIKE PARK WORK BEGINS

Work to create a unique mountain bike park for the Latrobe Valley is now underway. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today met with representatives from Gippsland MTB Inc, local community and trail building company Trailscapes to officially mark the...

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SUPPORT GIPPSLANDERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

SUPPORT GIPPSLANDERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Local MP Darren Chester is urging all Gippslanders to stand by one another and look forward to Christmas and the summer holidays with optimism. Mr Chester said it was more important than ever for Gippslanders to support each other as they marked 12 months since the...

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BUSHFIRE RECOVERY SUPPORT PROGRAMS EXTENDED

BUSHFIRE RECOVERY SUPPORT PROGRAMS EXTENDED

More than $20 million has been provided to primary producers and small businesses in East Gippsland to help their recovery from the summer bushfires, says local MP Darren Chester. That total may grow further after the deadline for two assistance programs was extended...

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MID MODERNISATION TO SUPPORT FARMERS AND LOCAL JOBS

MID MODERNISATION TO SUPPORT FARMERS AND LOCAL JOBS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the signing of a construction milestone funding agreement for phase two of the Macalister Irrigation District modernisation project will create welcome jobs. Mr Chester said the project would transform the MID’s ageing...

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LATROBE CREATIVE PRECINCT FRAME IS UP

LATROBE CREATIVE PRECINCT FRAME IS UP

The new Latrobe Creative Precinct will be a striking piece of architecture in Traralgon’s CBD, says Local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester, who recently stopped by the construction site, said he was impressed with how much work had progressed since his last visit with...

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CASH-FLOW HELP FOR AGRICULTURAL SHOWS AND FIELD DAYS

CASH-FLOW HELP FOR AGRICULTURAL SHOWS AND FIELD DAYS

Organisers of nine agricultural shows and field days in Gippsland forced to cancel this year’s events will receive a one-off payment from a $34 million Federal Government funding pool to help relieve cash-flow issues. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said...

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NEW CODE TO PROTECT GIPPSLANDERS FROM SCAM CALLS

A new telecommunications industry code which promises to help protect the public and block scam telephone calls will give Gippslanders peace of mind, says local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester has welcomed the new code developed by the telecommunications industry to...

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDAL FOR BUSHFIRE AID

Those who helped out in response to last summer’s devastating bushfires between September 2019 and February 2020 may be eligible for the National Emergency Medal with the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David...

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MALLACOOTA GOLF COURSE PLAN REJECTED BY BUREAUCRATS

MALLACOOTA GOLF COURSE PLAN REJECTED BY BUREAUCRATS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he is stunned that State Government bureaucrats have rejected a plan to restore the Mallacoota Golf Course which was devastated by last summer’s bushfires. Mr Chester has supported a $1.8 million plan to revegetate and...

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DROUGHT RESILIENCE FUNDING FOR FARMERS WELCOMED

DROUGHT RESILIENCE FUNDING FOR FARMERS WELCOMED

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed new funding to help Gippsland farmers to become more resilient to prolonged dry periods. Mr Chester said today East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority would receive $440,000 to run workshops and...

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UPGRADED SURFACES FOR TRARALGON TENNIS COURTS

UPGRADED SURFACES FOR TRARALGON TENNIS COURTS

Six tennis courts will be resurfaced at the Traralgon tennis courts complex thanks to Federal Government money. Local MP Darren Chester said the six courts would be resurfaced to improve the quality of the playing surface. “The current condition of courts 19 to 24 is...

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CHESTER WELCOMES EXTENSION OF HOMEBUILDER PROGRAM

CHESTER WELCOMES EXTENSION OF HOMEBUILDER PROGRAM

Changes to the HomeBuilder program will continue to support construction jobs in Gippsland and bring more government money into the local economy, says Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. The HomeBuilder program, which has driven demand for 27,000 new homes...

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FLOODING IN NOWA NOWA COMPLICATES ECONOMIC RECOVERY

FLOODING IN NOWA NOWA COMPLICATES ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Low-level flooding of community infrastructure at Nowa Nowa is making recovery from the bushfires and coronavirus pandemic more difficult for local business owners, according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester met with business and community...

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GIPPSLAND TEACHER WINS AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARD

GIPPSLAND TEACHER WINS AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARD

TAFE Gippsland Timber Training Unit manager, Kevin Nunn has been awarded the Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year. Local MP Darren Chester congratulated Mr Nunn and said it was a testament to his teaching efforts and community contribution. “Earlier this month...

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