Latest News

Search my Latest News

GET NEW POSTS TO YOUR INBOX

Just put your email in and confirm the email sent to your inbox. You will be emailed when new posts are added to Darren’s website.


MALLACOOTA ROAD NEEDS $10 MILLION SAFETY BOOST

MALLACOOTA ROAD NEEDS $10 MILLION SAFETY BOOST

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the Mallacoota-Genoa Road is not fit for purpose, and was endangering the lives of locals and visitors. Mr Chester has proposed a $10 million funding boost for the road which was closed for six weeks after last summer’s...

read more
ROULETTES CELEBRATE 50 YEARS IN THE SKY

ROULETTES CELEBRATE 50 YEARS IN THE SKY

Gippsland’s much loved and admired RAAF Roulettes aerobatic display team this year mark five decades of service. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester last week spent an afternoon with the Roulettes at RAAF Base East Sale and took his...

read more
$850,000 TO HELP GIPPSLAND FARMERS CUT ENERGY USE

$850,000 TO HELP GIPPSLAND FARMERS CUT ENERGY USE

Forty-five dairy businesses across Gippsland will share more than $850,000 to help local dairy farmers to reduce their energy use, cut their energy bills and improve the long-term profitability of their farms. Each business will receive grants of up to $20,000 under...

read more
LAKES ENTRANCE GETS READY FOR ITS SUMMER VISITORS

LAKES ENTRANCE GETS READY FOR ITS SUMMER VISITORS

Local MP Darren Chester is among the many people in Lakes Entrance who have successfully navigated the roadworks and streetscape upgrade along the Esplanade to support local traders. The Carpenter to Myer Street improvements, which include widening the footpath and...

read more
CHESTER: PAUSE AND REFLECT THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY

CHESTER: PAUSE AND REFLECT THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY

Federal Member for Gippsland and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester attended the National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today to commemorate Remembrance Day. Mr Chester said that while this year’s ceremonies across Gippsland and around the country...

read more
FUNDING HELP FOR REGIONAL AIRPORTS AND AERODROMES

FUNDING HELP FOR REGIONAL AIRPORTS AND AERODROMES

Operators of regional airports and aerodromes now have a chance to secure government funding to boost accessibility and safety at their facilities. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced the second round of the Regional Airports Program is now...

read more

UPGRADED WEATHER RADAR FOR GIPPSLAND GOES LIVE

The weather radar in Bairnsdale has returned to service after a series of upgrades were made. Local MP Darren Chester has welcomed the $600,000 upgrade and said it would improve accuracy, reliability and precision of weather reports to East Gippsland residents. “This...

read more
MEN’S SHEDS GRANTS NOW OPEN

MEN’S SHEDS GRANTS NOW OPEN

Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging Men’s Sheds throughout Gippsland to apply for funding under the latest round of the National Men’s Shed Development Programme (NDSP). Mr Chester said the round would focus on projects with a strong health, wellbeing or safety...

read more
BUREAUCRATS NEED MORE URGENCY ON BUSHFIRE FUNDS

BUREAUCRATS NEED MORE URGENCY ON BUSHFIRE FUNDS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the bureaucracy needs to develop a greater sense of urgency to distribute a $68.8 million economic recovery program for bushfire impacted parts of Victoria, including East Gippsland. Mr Chester said it had taken too...

read more
GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY BUSHFIRE RECOVERY PROJECTS

GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY BUSHFIRE RECOVERY PROJECTS

Up to $150,000 is now available to local groups and organisations working to help the landscape and wildlife recover from the summer bushfires. Local MP Darren Chester wants community and conservation groups, indigenous organisations and local councils in Gippsland to...

read more
TENDERS OPEN TO BUILD NEW BULLOCK ISLAND BRIDGE

TENDERS OPEN TO BUILD NEW BULLOCK ISLAND BRIDGE

Qualified construction companies have less than two weeks to submit their tender to build a new bridge to Bullock Island near the gateway to Lakes Entrance. East Gippsland Shire Council has invited tenders to construct the replacement bridge. The council has also...

read more
$90,000 HELPING HAND FOR EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS

$90,000 HELPING HAND FOR EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS

The Bairnsdale Advertiser, Lakes Post and Snowy River Mail will receive more than $90,000 from the Federal Government to support local journalism during the coronavirus pandemic. Local MP Darren Chester said the three mastheads were the latest media outlets...

read more
SUNSHADE FOR BRIAGOLONG PRIMARY SCHOOL

SUNSHADE FOR BRIAGOLONG PRIMARY SCHOOL

Briagolong Primary School is ensuring its students are well protected from the sun while playing outside. The school has installed shade structures over the playground area with a helping hand from the Federal Government. Local MP Darren Chester said the $16,000...

read more

BUREAU BAN IS A MISTAKE, SAYS CHESTER

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging the Bureau of Meteorology to reverse its unexpected ban on local meteorologists providing weather forecasts on local radio stations. Mr Chester said his office had received dozens of requests from Gippslanders who...

read more
MALLACOOTA’S COMMUNITY CLUBROOMS COMPLETE

MALLACOOTA’S COMMUNITY CLUBROOMS COMPLETE

Local MP Darren Chester says the newly completed clubrooms in Mallacoota will be a valuable community asset for the town. Mr Chester was among the first people to stop by the new clubrooms during a recent visit to the town. “Everyone who has helped to secure the new...

read more
TENDERS OPEN FOR OFF-FIELD FACILITIES AT SALE OVAL

TENDERS OPEN FOR OFF-FIELD FACILITIES AT SALE OVAL

Federal MP Darren Chester says progress to upgrade off-field facilities at Sale Oval is welcome news for players, spectators and local businesses. Wellington Shire Council has invited commercial builders to tender to undertake the upgrade at the oval. The work has...

read more
MP SEEKS $10 MILLION FOR MALLACOOTA ROAD

MP SEEKS $10 MILLION FOR MALLACOOTA ROAD

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is seeking a $10 million road funding commitment to improve safety and boost tourism in Mallacoota and Gypsy Point. The local MP has placed a bid with the Federal Government to provide the money for the main access road...

read more
NEW MOBILE BASE STATION SWITCHED ON AT MANORINA

NEW MOBILE BASE STATION SWITCHED ON AT MANORINA

A new mobile base station has been switched on in East Gippsland and is now undergoing final testing. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the new macro cell base station was located on the Princes Highway about halfway between Orbost and Cann River. “This...

read more
HALL UPGRADES FOR EAST GIPPSLAND COMMUNITIES

HALL UPGRADES FOR EAST GIPPSLAND COMMUNITIES

Four community halls in East Gippsland will be upgraded to better prepare for future natural disasters, thanks to Local Economic Recovery Funding announced today. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said $1.08 million had been allocated to East Gippsland and...

read more
ON TRACK: $13,000 FOR BOOLARRA TO YINNAR RAIL TRAIL

ON TRACK: $13,000 FOR BOOLARRA TO YINNAR RAIL TRAIL

Gippslanders may soon have a new trail to explore as part of the impressive network of rail trails throughout the region. A business case and master plan are being developed for a new path between the townships of Yinnar and Boolarra as part of the Grand Ridge Rail...

read more
‘BOLD’ BUDGET PLAN SECURING JOBS IN GIPPSLAND

‘BOLD’ BUDGET PLAN SECURING JOBS IN GIPPSLAND

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has described this year’s Budget as ‘a bold plan that invests in people, businesses and our communities to create jobs and keep us safe’. Mr Chester has welcomed the Budget’s focus on supporting and creating new jobs,...

read more
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE REBATE SCHEME EXTENDED

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE REBATE SCHEME EXTENDED

A rebate scheme that helps farmers to secure the water supply on their properties has been extended. The Federal Government has committed another $50 million for the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, bringing the total to $100 million being made...

read more
BUDGET BOOST FOR BONANG ROAD

BUDGET BOOST FOR BONANG ROAD

The Bonang Road will finally be fully sealed after years of campaigning by local residents, business owners and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester has confirmed the Federal Budget will include an additional $7 million to seal 12 kilometres of the...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest