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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he remains positive about the future of the region and confident about local job opportunities.

Despite drought conditions impacting many local farms and businesses, Mr Chester said the economy of the region would continue to grow in the future.

“There’s no doubt that we are experiencing tough conditions in many parts of the region at the moment but the long-term outlook is positive,” Mr Chester said.

“I’m working to secure more support for local farming families from all levels of government to help them through this natural disaster and ensure they are viable in the longer term. We have world class farmers and they need a bit of help to get them through this drought.

“The drought is having an impact on local businesses but at the same time we’ve seen record Federal Government investment in infrastructure to improve our road, rail and telecommunication connections.

“There’s always more to be done and I’m determined to secure funding for important local projects, particularly to boost the visitor economy which has the potential to create more jobs across the region.”

Mr Chester has encouraged all Gippslanders to keep putting locals first and support local businesses whenever possible.

“If we all work together we can make our community the best place in regional Australia to live, work and raise a family,” Mr Chester said.

“Every time you shop locally, take a break in Gippsland or hire a local tradesperson you are helping to create more jobs in our region and more opportunities for the next generation.”

With a federal election due to be held later this year, Mr Chester said he was optimistic about the future.

“As a born and bred Gippslander, I will keep fighting to make sure Gippsland gets a fair share of government resources for the best possible infrastructure along with health services, education opportunities, aged and disability care,” he said.

“By putting locals first and working together, we can keep getting things done for Gippsland.

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