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CHESTER HUMBLED BY ELECTION WIN

CHESTER HUMBLED BY ELECTION WIN

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he’s ‘incredibly humbled’ by the election result which delivered significant swings to him across the region, despite the change in government. Mr Chester recorded an increased primary vote of more than 55%, as voters...

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GIPPSLAND VETERANS WELFARE CENTRE BOOST

GIPPSLAND VETERANS WELFARE CENTRE BOOST

The Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre in Sale will receive a $2 million boost if the Federal Coalition Government is returned on Saturday. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the money would upgrade facilities to provide additional services for local...

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VALLEY LANDS A BIG BARRA

VALLEY LANDS A BIG BARRA

The Latrobe Valley will become home to the world’s largest indoor barramundi aquaculture farm with a $30 million boost from the Federal Government. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the consortium of private investors planning to build the $125 million farm...

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HIGHWAY SWITCH AT FLYNN

HIGHWAY SWITCH AT FLYNN

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (pictured) says the Princes Highway duplication project has reached a major milestone with traffic switched to the new section at Flynn. The $250 million final three stages of the project is 80% funded by the Federal...

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CHESTER ATTENDS MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC

CHESTER ATTENDS MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (left) and Mother’s Day Classic host Darren McCubbin at the start line of the 8km charity run. Hundreds of locals ran and walked around Lake Guthridge to support breast cancer survivors, remember loved ones and raise money...

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CHESTER TIPS RECORD PRE-POLL

CHESTER TIPS RECORD PRE-POLL

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is predicting record numbers of pre-polling as early voting centres open today (Monday) across Gippsland.    Mr Chester said the combined impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and increased opening hours of early voting...

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ROAD DELAYS RISKING LIVES

ROAD DELAYS RISKING LIVES

A failure to upgrade a busy intersection in Lakes Entrance is putting residents at risk of serious injuries, according to Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester has written to the State Government seeking an urgent explanation why work hasn’t started on the...

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BACKING LATROBE VALLEY MANUFACTURING FUTURE

BACKING LATROBE VALLEY MANUFACTURING FUTURE

The Morrison Government is investing $48.2 million in a state-of-the-art energy from waste facility in the Latrobe Valley, helping to power Opal’s pulp and paper mill while driving down emissions. The Government has today announced funding for Masdar Tribe Australia’s...

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CHESTER SEEKS GREAT ALPINE ROAD BOOST

CHESTER SEEKS GREAT ALPINE ROAD BOOST

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says a multi-year program of upgrades is needed to improve safety on one of Gippsland’s most important arterial roads. Mr Chester has called on the Federal and State Governments to list the Great Alpine Road as a ‘Road of...

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BONANG ROAD SEALING THIS YEAR

BONANG ROAD SEALING THIS YEAR

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (pictured) says he has been assured that work to complete the sealing of the Bonang Road will be completed within 12 months. Mr Chester secured $9 million for the sealing of the final 12 kilometres of the road to improve...

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR LAKES ENTRANCE?

WHAT’S NEXT FOR LAKES ENTRANCE?

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester will be asking Lakes Entrance residents “what’s next for our town” in a survey to be distributed ahead of the election on May 21. Mr Chester said the town was halfway through a major transformation and it was timely to ask...

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ARC TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS

The Art Resource Collective (Arc) in Yinnar will mark 40 years with support from the Federal Government. Arc received $3,000 through the Federal Government’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program. Local MP Darren Chester said the funding would...

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LOCAL CINEMA RECEIVES BOOST

A Gippsland independent cinema has received a financial boost thanks to the Federal Government’s SCREEN Fund. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said Sun Cinema in Bairnsdale received $60,000 as one-off financial relief due to the impacts of COVID-19 on cinema...

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STATEMENT REGARDING ELECTION ANNOUNCMENT

STATEMENT REGARDING ELECTION ANNOUNCMENT

The Prime Minister has called a Federal election for May 21 and I will be contesting the seat of Gippsland.   The past three years have been challenging for our region with the combined impacts of drought, bushfires, storms, floods and the coronavirus pandemic.  I...

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EMERGENCY SERVICES MURAL TAKING SHAPE IN ORBOST

EMERGENCY SERVICES MURAL TAKING SHAPE IN ORBOST

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Orbost CFA Captain Dick Johnstone (pictured) taking a close up look at the mural which is taking shape on the wall of the Orbost Club Hotel. “Across Gippsland we’ve seen many talented artists produce huge works of art in...

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BUDGET INVESTS IN A STRONGER GIPPSLAND

The Federal Budget will support Gippsland’s ongoing recovery from the coronavirus and natural disasters with a focus on infrastructure spending and cost of living relief for local families. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the budget’s...

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GRANTS TO SUPPORT LOCAL SPORTING EVENTS

Funding to support local community sporting events is now available through the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester said local groups and event organisers could now apply for financial support through the Regional Sports Events Fund. “Coronavirus restrictions...

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CHESTER TAKES PART IN LOCAL FUN RUN

CHESTER TAKES PART IN LOCAL FUN RUN

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester pictured with the two fastest junior runners in the Latrobe City Community Fun Run, Isaac Frost and Emily Harris at Morwell on Sunday. The annual event was organised by the Traralgon Harriers to raise money for Gippsland...

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LOCAL ARTIST WINS AT WOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION

LOCAL ARTIST WINS AT WOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester officially opened the Australian Wood Design Exhibition which is at the Orbost Exhibition Centre until June 19. Mr Chester is pictured with Bairnsdale wood-worker Trevor Herbstreit whose ‘Scimitar Skeleton Clock’ won an...

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LOCAL ARTIST FEATURED IN WOOD EXHIBITION

LOCAL ARTIST FEATURED IN WOOD EXHIBITION

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester officially opened the Australian Wood Design Exhibition which is at the Orbost Exhibition Centre until June 19. Mr Chester is pictured with award-winning Lakes Entrance wood-worker Lucas Helmers whose creative piece featured...

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HOT SPRINGS TO BOOST ECONOMY

HOT SPRINGS TO BOOST ECONOMY

Work on the multi-million dollar Metung Hot Springs is progressing well with local MP Darren Chester saying the project will create jobs and transform the East Gippsland visitor economy. Mr Chester inspected the site with Managing Director Adrian Bromage and was...

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IMPROVED COURTS FOR TYERS REC RESERVE

IMPROVED COURTS FOR TYERS REC RESERVE

Local netballers will enjoy safer court surfaces at Tyers Recreation Reserve with a major upgrade funded by the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester said the court upgrades were part of phase three of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program in...

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VULNERABLE YOUNG GIPPSLANDERS RECEIVE BOOST

VULNERABLE YOUNG GIPPSLANDERS RECEIVE BOOST

A program to support disengaged young people has received a funding boost thanks to the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester announced that GippSport had received $849,930 for the Gen-G on the go program through the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund....

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FURTHER FUNDING TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES

Local businesses and community groups can apply for funding to assist Gippsland as it recovers from the impacts of the coronavirus. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Rebuilding Regional Communities Program is providing funding for community-led...

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