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HOLIDAY HERE AND USE LOCAL TRAVEL AGENTS

HOLIDAY HERE AND USE LOCAL TRAVEL AGENTS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to use their local travel agent when booking a domestic holiday. Mr Chester said with overseas holidays currently off-limits, plenty of people are looking for a place to holiday within Australia....

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WORK BEGINS TO UPGRADE YORK STREET IN SALE

WORK BEGINS TO UPGRADE YORK STREET IN SALE

Much-anticipated upgrades to York Street in Sale have started after funding was approved by the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester secured $11.68 million for the Sale Revitalisation Project and will partner with Wellington Shire Council to deliver the...

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FUNDING TO SUPPORT SURF LIFE SAVING CLUBS

FUNDING TO SUPPORT SURF LIFE SAVING CLUBS

Surf Life Saving Clubs across Gippsland will benefit from upgraded equipment and bolstered training programs to keep beachgoers safe. The Federal Government is providing $9.7 million in additional funding to Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) as it continues to protect...

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STATEMENT ON INCREASE TO JOBSEEKER BASE RATE

Today’s decision to permanently increase the Jobseeker base rate by $50 per fortnight is a fair approach to a notoriously difficult issue. Jobseeker was temporarily set at emergency levels to support people through the pandemic but the increase was not sustainable and...

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HELPING HOTELS LOWER THEIR POWER BILLS

Small and medium hotels across Gippsland can access support to lower their power bills and invest in their business. Local MP Darren Chester said hotels, motels and serviced apartment complexes with up to 99 rooms can access grants up to $25,000 for energy-saving...

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LAKES TO LIGHT UP THIS WINTER

LAKES TO LIGHT UP THIS WINTER

Lakes Entrance will come alive this winter with the inaugural East Gippsland Winter Festival. Local MP Darren Chester secured a $35,745 grant to support the festival and highlight event Lakes Lights. “The East Gippsland Winter Festival will celebrate our region and...

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR LOCAL DRUG ACTION TEAMS

More Local Drug Action Teams are set to rollout across Australia as the Federal Government continues to take action to combat the scourge of ice, alcohol and other drugs. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said applications were now open for registration of...

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WORKS TO REVITALISE TOONGABBIE NEARING COMPLETION

WORKS TO REVITALISE TOONGABBIE NEARING COMPLETION

Works to revitalise the township of Toongabbie and improve the local infrastructure are approaching completion. Local MP Darren Chester said the $300,000 revitalisation would make Toongabbie more accessible and attractive to locals and visitors alike. “These upgrades...

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CHESTER VISITS ORBOST SECONDARY COLLEGE

CHESTER VISITS ORBOST SECONDARY COLLEGE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester last week visited Orbost Secondary College to present leadership badges and certificates and to receive a tour of the new buildings. During his visit, Mr Chester attended the school assembly to present student leaders with...

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WORKS TO START ON A SECTION OF BONANG ROAD

WORKS TO START ON A SECTION OF BONANG ROAD

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says sealing of a 1.7 kilometre section of the Bonang Road will begin this week. Mr Chester said planning is underway to seal the remaining section of the Bonang Road between Bonang and Goongerah. Mr Chester has campaigned...

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CHESTER MEETS WITH BUCHAN RECOVERY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

CHESTER MEETS WITH BUCHAN RECOVERY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester with Buchan Community Recovery Committee members Greg Brick and Kate Hodge discussing plans for a $2.8 million upgrade for the streetscape. The project is being funded by the Federal and State Government’s Bushfire Recovery...

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TAX CUTS PROVIDE MORE MONEY FOR GIPPSLANDERS

Gippslanders are seeing more money in their pockets thanks to the 2020-21 Federal Budget tax cuts. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the government’s tax cuts were already benefitting Gippslanders and were focused on helping people with cost of living...

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GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES TO TRIAL 5G TECHNOLOGY

Businesses in Gippsland can now apply for grant funding through the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative, to trial commercial uses of 5G technology. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the initiative would help small to large businesses in Gippsland test...

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OFFICIAL OPENING OF HEYFIELD YOUTH PRECINCT

OFFICIAL OPENING OF HEYFIELD YOUTH PRECINCT

The Heyfield Youth Play Precinct was officially opened today by Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Wellington Shire Council Mayor Garry Stephens. Mr Chester said the $250,000 project was a testament to the Heyfield community which advocated for the new...

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EAST GIPPSLAND SHORT-CHANGED BY BUSHFIRE FUNDS

EAST GIPPSLAND SHORT-CHANGED BY BUSHFIRE FUNDS

Bushfire-impacted East Gippslanders have been short-changed and are owed an explanation, with the announcement of funding under the ‘Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants’ program. As the Victorian region which suffered the most direct social, economic and...

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NBN rebuilt in bushfire-torn Mallacoota

The NBN fixed line network in Mallacoota has now been rebuilt after sustaining severe damage during the bushfires of last summer. Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said that NBN Co had been working hard...

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CREATIVE PRECINCT OPENING TO SHOWCASE LOCALS

CREATIVE PRECINCT OPENING TO SHOWCASE LOCALS

The opening of the Latrobe Creative Precinct will be a celebration of local talent and performing arts in the Latrobe Valley. Local MP Darren Chester announced $45,000 for the opening celebration and 50th anniversary of the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre. “The Latrobe...

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CHESTER HEADS BACK TO PARLIAMENT

CHESTER HEADS BACK TO PARLIAMENT

Local MP Darren Chester has headed back to Parliament for the first time in 2021 with a focus on delivering projects and securing more funding for Gippsland. Mr Chester said he feels extremely positive and optimistic about the future and expressed how proud he is of...

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LUCKNOW RECREATION RESERVE UPGRADE TAKING SHAPE

LUCKNOW RECREATION RESERVE UPGRADE TAKING SHAPE

The transformation of facilities at Lucknow Recreation Reserve is well underway with new change rooms and expanded club rooms, to complement the upgraded netball courts. Local MP Darren Chester said works were progressing and the main building was now at lock up stage...

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DROUGHT ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS AVAILABLE

More assistance is available to farming families in Gippsland affected by drought. Affected households can now apply for payments of up to $3,000 through the Country Women’s Association of Victoria Drought Relief Program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester...

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MORE MAKING THE MOVE TO GIPPSLAND

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the growth in demand for regional properties is a positive sign for the future of the region. But he warned that all levels of government will need to move quickly to provide the infrastructure and services demanded by...

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HEADTOHELP IN SALE OFFICIALLY OPENS

HEADTOHELP IN SALE OFFICIALLY OPENS

A new service for those needing mental health care and support in Wellington is now officially open. Local MP Darren Chester said the new clinic would provide welcome assistance to Gippslanders who were struggling. “The HeadtoHelp hub will assess and provide mental...

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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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