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JOBKEEPER $1500 WILL SAVE LOCAL JOBS

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed a $130 billion Federal Government plan to protect the jobs of thousands of workers across the region impacted by the coronavirus. Mr Chester said the unprecedented ‘JobKeeper’ announcement was designed to keep as many...

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BUSINESSES URGED TO ACCESS BUSHFIRE RECOVERY SUPPORT

Primary producers and small business owners in East Gippsland are being urged to access the financial assistance available to them as part of the bushfire recovery process. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said many businesses had not taken up the support...

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$20,000 TO RESTORE HEYFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL’S OVAL

$20,000 TO RESTORE HEYFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL’S OVAL

Work is now underway to restore the oval at Heyfield Primary School so it is safe for students to use when they return to school. Drought has created potholes and bare patches on the oval, creating a hazard for the school’s 195 pupils who like to run and play ball...

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NEW HOME FOR ROSEDALE’S CENOTAPH

NEW HOME FOR ROSEDALE’S CENOTAPH

A ceremony has been held in Rosedale to rededicate the town’s cenotaph and honour wall after it was relocated to the Prince Street Reserve. The memorial was moved from near the Princes Highway and Lyons Street roundabout after the intersection was remodelled to...

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NEW $3 MILLION TIMBER PLANT OPENS AT ASH, HEYFIELD

NEW $3 MILLION TIMBER PLANT OPENS AT ASH, HEYFIELD

Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) will today officially commission a new $3 million timber manufacturing plant in Heyfield. The centrepiece of the new plant at ASH’s Greenmill in Firebrace Road is a high-strain twin band resaw, which uses German sawing technology...

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BUSHFIRE ROYAL COMMISSION NOW RECEIVING SUBMISSIONS

The Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging Gippslanders to make their voices heard with the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements receiving public submissions. Individuals, organisations, community groups and the broader community...

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SUPPORT FOR BUSHFIRE AFFECTED SMALL BUSINESSES

Gippsland businesses struggling as a result of bushfires will benefit from a new grants program and simplified access to existing loans and other services for small businesses. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Bushfire Affected Small Business...

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$2.9 MILLION BUILDING PROJECT OPENS AT YALLAMBEE

$2.9 MILLION BUILDING PROJECT OPENS AT YALLAMBEE

Gippsland’s newest accommodation for older Gippslanders was officially opened in Traralgon today. Work on a $2.9 million project at Yallambee Traralgon Village for the Aged has been finished after construction began in July last year. Federal Member for Gippsland...

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CHESTER ANNOUNCES $137,000 FOR BAIRNSDALE CENOTAPH

CHESTER ANNOUNCES $137,000 FOR BAIRNSDALE CENOTAPH

Local MP Darren Chester has announced more than $137,000 from the Federal Government to repair and restore Bairnsdale’s heritage-listed cenotaph. Mr Chester, who is also the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, said the money would help fund a major refurbishment of the...

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TENDERS NOW CLOSED FOR SALE MAIN OVAL IMPROVEMENTS

TENDERS NOW CLOSED FOR SALE MAIN OVAL IMPROVEMENTS

Tenders have closed to undertake the detailed design for the $1.63 million upgrade of facilities at the Sale Main Oval. The improvements include upgrading the changerooms to better cater for female footballers, cricketers, netballers and officials. Federal Member for...

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VISIT GIPPSLAND THIS LONG WEEKEND, URGES LOCAL MP

VISIT GIPPSLAND THIS LONG WEEKEND, URGES LOCAL MP

Local MP Darren Chester is urging people to spend this coming Labour Day long weekend in Gippsland to help towns and businesses suffering due to the bushfires. Mr Chester said this weekend was an ideal opportunity for people from Melbourne and elsewhere in Victoria to...

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HIGHWAY UPGRADES BOOST SAFETY

HIGHWAY UPGRADES BOOST SAFETY

More than $60 million of Princes Highway works over the past six years have improved safety and productivity east of Lakes Entrance, according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. The local MP has campaigned for Princes Highway works throughout his...

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BLACK SUMMER BUSHFIRES ROYAL COMMISSION

BLACK SUMMER BUSHFIRES ROYAL COMMISSION

Gippsland MP Darren Chester hopes the royal commission into Australia’s Black Summer bushfires will give a voice to those who know the bush well. Mr Chester said there were many people throughout Gippsland with extensive knowledge and experience of managing the land...

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A NEW STAGE FOR MONASH HALL

A NEW STAGE FOR MONASH HALL

Monash Hall at Yallourn North will soon have a revamped stage area thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program. Yallourn North Action Group (YNAG) was one of the numerous Gippsland recipients to receive financial support through the...

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HAZELWOOD NORTH VETERAN HONOURED FOR HIS SERVICE

HAZELWOOD NORTH VETERAN HONOURED FOR HIS SERVICE

David O’Reilly from Hazelwood North spent nearly three decades serving his nation as a member of the Australian Defence Force. The father of three says one of the highlights of his 27-year career was attaining the rank of Warrant Officer. Minister for Veterans Affairs...

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BLOCK CONTESTANTS HELP MALLACOOTA

BLOCK CONTESTANTS HELP MALLACOOTA

Former contestants of The Block as well as the Today Show have visited Mallacoota to help the community recover from the recent bushfires. The group came to Mallacoota to help the locals with the recovery process and helped rebuild Mallacoota P-12’s chicken coop,...

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NEW FLAGS FOR MALLACOOTA P-12 COLLEGE

NEW FLAGS FOR MALLACOOTA P-12 COLLEGE

New flags will fly from the flagpoles at Mallacoota P-12 College this week after Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester presented students with new Australian and Indigenous flags. “The community of Mallacoota has faced an extremely challenging summer with the...

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A WELCOME GIFT FOR YALLOURN NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL

A WELCOME GIFT FOR YALLOURN NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL

Yallourn North Primary School will receive $20,000 to replacing its aging, non-compliant outdoor play equipment with a modern $50,000 playground for its children. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester visited the school this week which was one of 11 across...

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FOREST CONTRACTORS TAKE JOBS FIGHT TO CANBERRA

FOREST CONTRACTORS TAKE JOBS FIGHT TO CANBERRA

Forestry contractors from Gippsland have taken their fight to protect their industry and jobs to Canberra. Reynolds Logging managing director Reece Reynolds (centre left) from Buchan South and Blair and Campbell managing director Adam Campbell (centre right) from...

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MORE MONEY FOR GIPPSLAND’S BUSHFIRE RECOVERY

MORE MONEY FOR GIPPSLAND’S BUSHFIRE RECOVERY

Two municipalities in Gippsland will receive extra money from the Federal Government to help rebuild infrastructure lost in the bushfires. East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council will receive the funding through the National Bushfire Recovery Agency....

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LOCAL GIPPSLANDER A HEYWIRE RECIPIENT

LOCAL GIPPSLANDER A HEYWIRE RECIPIENT

One young Gippslander is one of the 37 regional winners of this year’s ABC Heywire competition. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester congratulated Sale local Chloe Bethune on her selection at the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra this week. “Chloe has...

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DON’T FORGET GIPPSLAND, CHESTER TELLS AUSTRALIA

DON’T FORGET GIPPSLAND, CHESTER TELLS AUSTRALIA

Local MP Darren Chester has urged Australians not to forget Gippsland after the bushfire emergency has passed and the recovery process gathers further momentum. Speaking in Federal Parliament this week, the Federal Member for Gippsland said he could not be prouder of...

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STATEMENT ON MINISTRY APPOINTMENTS

STATEMENT ON MINISTRY APPOINTMENTS

I am honoured to have been reappointed as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel as part of the Morrison-McCormack Government. I understand this is the first time in 27 years the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio has been included as a Cabinet portfolio,...

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CHESTER THANKS WORKERS AS HIGHWAY FINALLY REOPENS

CHESTER THANKS WORKERS AS HIGHWAY FINALLY REOPENS

The Princes Highway has finally reopened in its entirety weeks after devastating bushfires that impacted East Gippsland. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the news after strongly advocating for the reopening. “After weeks of frustration we have...

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DON’T FORGET GIPPSLAND, URGES CHESTER

DON’T FORGET GIPPSLAND, URGES CHESTER

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has urged locals to continue to support businesses experiencing a damaging downturn in revenue due to bushfires. Mr Chester said the plight of Gippsland, including its businesses, needed to remain at the forefront of...

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