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CHESTER CALLS FOR 50 KILOMETRE BORDER BUBBLE TO EXPAND

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says residents and communities just beyond a travel bubble along the New South Wales-Victorian border should be included in the zone. The New South Wales Government has announced a single border region would be reinstated...

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SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR GIPPSLAND FIELD DAYS

SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR GIPPSLAND FIELD DAYS

The Federal Government is helping organisers of Gippsland agricultural shows and field days struggling with the financial impact of the coronavirus. Local MP Darren Chester said a new $2.7 million funding pool would help officials to meet ongoing expenses following a...

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$600,000 UPGRADE FOR BAIRNSDALE’S WEATHER RADAR

The weather radar at Bairnsdale will be off-line for around six weeks as it undergoes a $600,000 upgrade. Local MP Darren Chester said the radar would be switched off from Monday, August 31, so improvements could be made to its accuracy, reliability and precision....

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NEW AVON RIVER BRIDGE TAKING SHAPE

NEW AVON RIVER BRIDGE TAKING SHAPE

Rail passengers in Gippsland are one step closer to faster and more frequent services, with work ramping up on the construction of the new Avon River Bridge. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack...

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SMART FARMS SMALL GRANTS NOW OPEN

SMART FARMS SMALL GRANTS NOW OPEN

Farmers, fishers and foresters can now apply for funding to support their natural resource management efforts. Gippsland MP Darren Chester said applications were now open for grants of up to $100,000 as part of round four of the Smart Farms Small Grants program....

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SURGE IN INTEREST IN A MOVE TO GIPPSLAND FROM CITY

SURGE IN INTEREST IN A MOVE TO GIPPSLAND FROM CITY

Local MP Darren Chester says he’s not surprised by the surge in interest in moving to Gippsland among Melbournians living with coronavirus restrictions. Mr Chester said the increase number of people working and studying remotely now has many reconsidering their city...

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IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION AT COBUNGRA

IMPROVED MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION AT COBUNGRA

The activation of a Telstra base station will improve mobile phone reception at Cobungra. Local MP Darren Chester said the installation of the mobile base station was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to improve connectivity through its Mobile Black Spot...

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BOOST BUSHFIRE RECOVERY WITH ROADWORKS: CHESTER

BOOST BUSHFIRE RECOVERY WITH ROADWORKS: CHESTER

Federal Member for Gippsland is seeking more than $30 million in road funding to target much-needed upgrades to transport routes in regions impacted by the summer bushfires. Mr Chester has written to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack...

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MORE SUPPORT FOR GIPPSLAND BUSINESSES

More funding from the Federal Government will be available to help local businesses in Gippsland and support local jobs. Local MP Darren Chester said changes to the eligibility requirements for the JobKeeper program would help those impacted by the re-introduction of...

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MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM TO SUPPORT FISHERS

Australia’s first industry-specific mental health program to support commercial fishers is now underway with a new pilot program starting in Lakes Entrance. The Federal Government is investing $600,000 for Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) to deliver a range of mental...

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WELCOME SUPPORT FOR TWO GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS

WELCOME SUPPORT FOR TWO GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS

Two newspapers in Gippsland will receive more than $300,000 to support local journalism during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Latrobe Valley Express and the Gippsland Times are among 107 regional news outlets across Australia to receive funding under the Federal...

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75 YEARS SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR ENDED

75 YEARS SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR ENDED

TOMORROW we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the almost one million Australians who served our nation, and the support and fortitude of millions of Australians on the homefront. Minister...

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A NEW ERA BEGINS FOR LUCKNOW FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB

A NEW ERA BEGINS FOR LUCKNOW FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB

Demolition will soon start on the old clubrooms at the Lucknow Recreation Reserve to make way for a new $1.86 million facility for players and spectators. Members of the Lucknow Football and Netball Club have cleared the rooms of furniture and equipment and packed...

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HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY FUNDING BOOST FOR GIPPSLAND

HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY FUNDING BOOST FOR GIPPSLAND

A project aimed at saving lives and reducing road trauma in Gippsland has been granted a share of funding under round five of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI). Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the funding would...

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WELCOME HELP FOR YARRAM’S MEN’S SHED

WELCOME HELP FOR YARRAM’S MEN’S SHED

Yarram Men’s Shed is among four local men’s sheds in Gippsland to receive a welcome funding boost through the National Shed Development Program. Local MP Darren Chester has announced the Yarram shed would receive $2575 to buy tools and equipment. “I’ve been able to...

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FIRST LOOK AT PLANS FOR SALE MAIN OVAL UPGRADE

FIRST LOOK AT PLANS FOR SALE MAIN OVAL UPGRADE

Conceptual drawings have been finalised for new female-friendly changerooms at Sale Main Oval. Both the changerooms under the grandstand and under the ‘Sporties’ clubrooms will be upgraded by the next football-netball season. There will also be a new unisex toilet...

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EAST GIPPSLAND NEEDS 10 YEAR RECOVERY PLAN: CHESTER

EAST GIPPSLAND NEEDS 10 YEAR RECOVERY PLAN: CHESTER

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says East Gippsland needs more than $180 million in government funding over the next 10 years to achieve its full potential. Releasing a draft ‘East Gippsland Recovery 2030 Plan’, Mr Chester said all levels of government needed to...

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A HELPING HAND FOR TWIN RIVERS MEN’S SHED

A HELPING HAND FOR TWIN RIVERS MEN’S SHED

One of Gippsland’s newest men’s sheds has just moved into its new home – and has received a double grant bonus of more than $10,000 to start fitting it out with essential equipment. The Twins Rivers Men’s Shed has been operating for around 18 months, but until earlier...

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RESTORATION OF BAIRNSDALE’S CENOTAPH MOVES AHEAD

RESTORATION OF BAIRNSDALE’S CENOTAPH MOVES AHEAD

A major restoration of Bairnsdale’s heritage-listed cenotaph moved another step forward today with a de-consecration ceremony held ahead of the beginning of site work. Local MP Darren Chester, who is also the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, attended the ceremony held...

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FINAL STAGES OF WORK TO START ON THE ESPLANADE SOON

FINAL STAGES OF WORK TO START ON THE ESPLANADE SOON

The multi-million dollar project to transform the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance into a safer and more welcoming and attractive precinct is about to enter its final stages. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said work on one of the last major components of the...

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NEW CAFÉ FOR BAIRNSDALE GOLF CLUB

NEW CAFÉ FOR BAIRNSDALE GOLF CLUB

Bairnsdale Golf Club, located on Paynesville Road, Eagle Point, is also among the local recipients of a $10,000 grant through the #lovegippsland Stronger Community Program. The funding will go toward building a café for golfers and visitors to the club. The project,...

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