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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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JOBS FAIR RETURNS TO LATROBE VALLEY

JOBS FAIR RETURNS TO LATROBE VALLEY

Job seekers from across the Gippsland Employment Region will have the chance to chat to employers face to face when the Morrison Government’s Latrobe Valley Jobs Fair returns to Morwell on Thursday 10 March. Bringing together job seekers, employers, employment...

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CHESTER VISITS KURNAI COLLEGE

CHESTER VISITS KURNAI COLLEGE

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has presented the school leaders at Kurnai College’s Morwell Campus with their Achievement Certificates. The students spoke with Mr Chester about current issues in Gippsland and what the future will look like for them in our...

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PLANTING TREES FOR THE QUEEN’S JUBILEE

PLANTING TREES FOR THE QUEEN’S JUBILEE

Local organisations and community groups can now apply to be a part of the Planting Trees for the Queen’s Jubilee program. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester invited interested groups to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to his office for potential...

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‘INELIGIBLE’ BUSHFIRE PROJECTS FARCICAL: CHESTER

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has urged the Government to intervene immediately and fix a “farcical situation” which has seen community-led bushfire recovery projects excluded from consideration for recovery grants. Mr Chester said he was aware of at...

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FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL CINEMA

A Gippsland independent cinema has received a financial boost thanks to Federal Government SCREEN Fund. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said Sale Cinema had received $35,000 as one-off financial relief due to the impacts of COVID-19 on cinema operators. “Cinemas...

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CHESTER SUPPORTS COMMUNITY HUB PLAN

CHESTER SUPPORTS COMMUNITY HUB PLAN

Gippsland MP Darren Chester is supporting Latrobe City Council’s proposal to establish a community hub and purpose built facility for local groups at Glenview Park in Traralgon. Mr Chester said establishing a new hub for community groups which had facilities destroyed...

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CHESTER: PEDESTRIAN FOOTPATH IS UNACCEPTABLE

CHESTER: PEDESTRIAN FOOTPATH IS UNACCEPTABLE

Local MP Darren Chester is calling on the State Government to fix pedestrian access alongside the Princes Highway in Lakes Entrance. Mr Chester said the narrow path from Kalimna to Lakes Entrance had received patch up jobs but was now in terrible condition. “The...

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CHESTER VISITS ALBERTON TIMBER MILL

CHESTER VISITS ALBERTON TIMBER MILL

Local MP Darren Chester recently visited Alberton Timber and Treatment Plant to inspect the new peeling plant and hear about the operation’s expansion. Mr Chester said the plant had just undergone a $1 million upgrade with the Federal Government providing $550,000 for...

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GIPPSLANDERS URGED TO DONATE BLOOD

GIPPSLANDERS URGED TO DONATE BLOOD

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to roll up their sleeves and donate blood or plasma. Mr Chester said that 1.6 million Australians had given blood in the last year, but more donors were needed. “Throughout my life I have been...

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ONGOING SUPPORT NEEDED FOR SURF LIFE SAVERS

ONGOING SUPPORT NEEDED FOR SURF LIFE SAVERS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Life Saving Victoria CEO Catherine Greaves (pictured) discussed the need for ongoing funding for local surf lifesavers during a meeting in Lakes Entrance. Ms Greaves was in the region to meet with lifesaving club members...

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