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LAKES ENTRANCE CHANGEROOM UPGRADE COMPLETE

LAKES ENTRANCE CHANGEROOM UPGRADE COMPLETE

The long awaited transformation of the Lakes Entrance Football Netball Club changerooms is officially complete. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the $500,000 upgrade was great news for all users of the Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve. “The upgrade...

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NATIONALS MPS REQUEST ADF ASSISTANCE

Gippsland National MPs Darren Chester and Melina Bath say the Australian Defence Force (ADF) should be called in to help clean up the region after massive storms and flood damage. The MPs are urging the State Government to request the ADF support, saying the recovery...

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CHESTER SAYS RECOVERY COULD COST MILLIONS

CHESTER SAYS RECOVERY COULD COST MILLIONS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the full extent of the flood damage was becoming clearer as waters subsided early yesterday, showing it would be a significant cost to residents and local communities. “With hundreds of buildings impacted along with the...

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WORKS PROGRESSING ALONG MALLACOOTA-GENOA ROAD

WORKS PROGRESSING ALONG MALLACOOTA-GENOA ROAD

Works to improve safety on Mallacoota-Genoa Road are well underway but there’s much more to be done, according to local MP Darren Chester. Mr Chester drove the improved section this week and then met with local residents to discuss future upgrade opportunities....

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CHESTER: STATEMENT ON GIPPSLAND FLOODS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has expressed his sympathy for the many locals who have experienced significant property and asset losses due to floods across Gippsland, particularly in Latrobe Valley. “It will be a significant clean-up effort to restore...

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$236,600 TO BOOST WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN STEM

Workforce Plus Inc has received a $236,600 grant to deliver the Change Makers of Gippsland project that will break down the barriers preventing girls and women getting into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and careers. Federal Member...

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IMPROVED COURTS FOR TRARALGON TENNIS COMPLEX

IMPROVED COURTS FOR TRARALGON TENNIS COMPLEX

Local tennis players now have safer facilities to play on with work to improve the Traralgon tennis courts complex now complete. Six tennis courts have been resurfaced to improve the quality of the playing surface, thanks to Federal Government money. Local MP Darren...

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CHESTER AND DPM VISIT PATTIES

CHESTER AND DPM VISIT PATTIES

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack toured Patties Foods facility in Bairnsdale to showcase some of Gippsland’s manufacturing industry. Mr Chester and Mr McCormack visited to view the facility and hear about the...

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$9m in fire recovery funds headed to East Gippsland

$9m in fire recovery funds headed to East Gippsland

A number of key projects from Mallacoota to Swift’s Creek have been funded in the latest round of the Federal and State funded Local Economic Recovery (LER) grants program announced today and while local MP’s are happy, they want more. Local Federal and State...

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UPGRADES FOR LAKES ENTRANCE REC RESERVE

UPGRADES FOR LAKES ENTRANCE REC RESERVE

Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve facilities upgrades will take another step forward with an additional grant through bushfire recovery funding. Local MP Darren Chester said just over $400,000 had been allocated to improve shower and toilet amenities along with a new...

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BRUTHEN RECREATION RESERVE TO GET $1 MILLION UPGRADE

BRUTHEN RECREATION RESERVE TO GET $1 MILLION UPGRADE

The Bruthen community is set to benefit from a $1.07 million upgrade to the Bruthen Recreation Reserve. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said this transformational project would upgrade existing amenities as well as providing additional amenities for club...

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$1.9 MILLION TO UPGRADE MALLACOOTA GOLF CLUB

$1.9 MILLION TO UPGRADE MALLACOOTA GOLF CLUB

The Mallacoota Golf Club is set to receive funding to rebuild and restructure the course after last summer’s bushfires. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said this was a huge victory for the club who suffered significantly during the bushfires. “The funding...

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SIX LOCAL MEN’S SHEDS SHARE IN FUNDING

Men’s sheds in Gippsland will receive a welcome funding boost through the National Shed Development Program. Local MP Darren Chester announced six local men’s sheds would share in more than $12,000 in funding. “Men’s sheds are an integral part of local communities and...

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GRANTS TO SUPPORT DEFENCE COMMUNITY IN SALE

Australian Defence Force (ADF) families who have provided essential support to the defence community have received a funding boost under the Government’s Family Support Funding Program (FSFP). Federal Member for Gippsland and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence...

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WORKS COMPLETE AT LUCKNOW RECREATION RESERVE

WORKS COMPLETE AT LUCKNOW RECREATION RESERVE

Works to transform Lucknow Recreation Reserve are now complete with the new change rooms, expanded club rooms and upgraded netball courts finished. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the new facilities were finished in time for this weekend’s first home...

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$2 MILLION FOR THE EAST GIPPSLAND RAIL TRAIL

$2 MILLION FOR THE EAST GIPPSLAND RAIL TRAIL

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack today visited the East Gippsland Rail Trail to inspect the site before work gets underway. Mr Chester secured $2 million for an upgrade of the first stage of the rail trail as...

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SUPPORT FOR DISABILITY SECTOR IN GIPPSLAND

The disability sector in Gippsland will benefit from a Federal Government grant as part of the Local Recovery Fund. Local MP Darren Chester said the $177,048 investment would help train locals to enter the disability sector. “Generation Australian will deliver an...

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LET’S SAVE LIVES THIS NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK

This week is National Road Safety Week, a time to reflect on the impact of trauma on our roads and encourage everyone to drive safe. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said this week was an opportunity to honour and remember the lives lost on Gippsland roads...

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BUDGET SUPPORTS SAFER, STRONGER, FAIRER GIPPSLAND

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said this year’s federal Budget continued to build a safer, stronger and fairer Gippsland. Mr Chester welcomed the Budget’s focus on additional funding to keep delivering infrastructure and securing the jobs Gippslanders...

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GIPPSLAND BENEFITS FROM BOOST TO BULK BILLING

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the Federal Government’s investment of more than $65 million to boost bulk billing rebates from January 1, 2022. Mr Chester said the funding would provide more affordable healthcare for patients in regional,...

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$10 MILLION TO UPGRADE MALLACOOTA-GENOA ROAD

$10 MILLION TO UPGRADE MALLACOOTA-GENOA ROAD

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the announcement of $10 million for a much needed upgrade of Mallacoota-Genoa Road in the Budget. Mr Chester has campaigned for funding to improve the main access road that links Mallacoota to the Princes...

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CHESTER WELCOMES REGIONAL SUPPORT IN UPCOMING BUDGET

CHESTER WELCOMES REGIONAL SUPPORT IN UPCOMING BUDGET

Gippsland will benefit greatly as part of the upcoming Federal Budget. Local MP Darren Chester has welcomed a raft of measures that will support regional Australia and boost the region’s recovery. “I am pleased to see dedicated funding and support for the regions,...

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MORE FUNDING FOR BUILDING BETTER REGIONS FUND

MORE FUNDING FOR BUILDING BETTER REGIONS FUND

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the announcement of round six of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack recently announced $250...

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ADDITIONAL BOOST FOR LOCAL SHOWS AND FIELD DAYS

Four agricultural and pastoral societies in Gippsland have received an additional boost as part of the of Federal Government’s Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program. Local MP Darren Chester said that the supplementary grants would support local...

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SALE STUDENT’S DREAM TO FLY HIGH

SALE STUDENT’S DREAM TO FLY HIGH

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester recently met with Catholic College student, Madeline Youl at RAAF Base East Sale to check out the RAAF Boeing Business Jet.  After speaking with Madeline about her dream of joining the Australian Defence Force as a RAAF air...

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COORDINATORS TO MANAGE RECOVERY OF NATIVE SPECIES

COORDINATORS TO MANAGE RECOVERY OF NATIVE SPECIES

National Species Coordinators have been appointed to help manage the long-term recovery of the platypus and several targeted species impacted by the black summer bushfires including here in Gippsland. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the new roles...

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LATROBE VALLEY COULD BENEFIT FROM HYDROGEN HUB

New investments in clean hydrogen and carbon capture technologies are set to create more jobs including in the Latrobe Valley. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester welcomed the announcement that Latrobe Valley is likely to benefit from a hydrogen hub. Mr...

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$2.63 MILLION TO IMPROVE MOBILE COVERAGE

$2.63 MILLION TO IMPROVE MOBILE COVERAGE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the announcement of $2.63 million for the installation of a fibre optic path between Tambo Crossing and Swifts Creek to improve mobile reception. Mr Chester said the installation of a 42-kilometre fibre path...

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IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION FOR TOONGABBIE

IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION FOR TOONGABBIE

The installation of a Telstra 4GX small cell will improve mobile phone reception at Toongabbie. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the installation of the small cell was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to improve connectivity through its...

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IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION FOR GIPSY POINT

IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION FOR GIPSY POINT

The installation of a Telstra base station will improve mobile phone reception at Gipsy Point. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the installation of the base station was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to improve connectivity through its...

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IMPROVED MOBILE RECEPTION FOR CABBAGE TREE CREEK

IMPROVED MOBILE RECEPTION FOR CABBAGE TREE CREEK

The installation of a Telstra small cell will improve mobile phone reception at Cabbage Tree Creek. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the installation of the base station was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to improve connectivity through...

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FUNDING TO SUPPORT LOCAL MANUFACTURING INNOVATION

Manufacturers in Gippsland can receive financial support to invest in new ideas and become more competitive in the marketplace. Local MP Darren Chester said the $30 million Manufacturing Commercialisation Fund could help businesses carry out projects that bring...

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POWERING COMMUNITIES PROGRAM NOW OPEN

Funding is now available for community groups in Gippsland to improve energy efficiency and lower power bills. Local MP Darren Chester has called for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Federal Government’s Powering Communities Program. “Energy bills are often one...

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FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING GRANTS OPEN

Gippsland food and beverage manufacturers can capitalise on Australian made products with funding now available for the sector under the Federal Government’s $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). Food and Beverage is the fourth of six National...

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BOOST FOR EAST GIPPSLAND JOBS

BOOST FOR EAST GIPPSLAND JOBS

The Federal Government will provide $7 million supporting five East Gippsland community-based projects to boost the regional economy. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester have announced the first projects under the...

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$1.3 MILLION UPGRADE FOR FOREST PARK IN ORBOST

$1.3 MILLION UPGRADE FOR FOREST PARK IN ORBOST

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured $1.3 million for a much-needed upgrade of Forest Park. Mr Chester said the Forest Park upgrade would revitalise and modernise Orbost’s recreation area, visitor rest-stop and gateway to the East Gippsland Rail...

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