Local Issues

Education

The Coalition Government is investing record levels in our schools with total Commonwealth funds reaching $73.6 billion over the next four years. This is an increase of 26%. School funding will continue to increase each and every year going forward.

As part of this, the Government is providing an additional $1.2 billion between 2018 and 2020 for schools, contingent upon reform efforts by the States and the non-government schools sector to improve education outcomes.

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON GOVERNMENT DECENTRALISATION PLANS

Gippslanders can have their say on government decentralisation as part of a Senate inquiry into moving jobs to regional areas. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is asking locals to contact him with their views on how to create more jobs in regional areas, by having...

SAVE HEYFIELD TIMBER MILL JOBS

Federal Gippsland MP Darren Chester has called on federal opposition leader Bill Shorten to help protect the jobs of Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) employees in Heyfield. Mr Chester said the Andrews Labor Government needed to guarantee timber supply for the...

SUCCESSFUL LATROBE VALLEY BUSINESS WINS TOP AWARD

A Latrobe Valley business has won national acclaim, with CommSite Integrated Communications being named Industry Professional of the Year by the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association. The business is owned by Tony and Ros Biddiscombe and is based in...

AUSTRALIAN MILK POWDER EXPORTS TO CHINA SOAR

Exports of Australian milk powder to China last year jumped in value by nearly 80 percent. The value of exports of fresh and chilled boneless beef from Australia has also increased, surging almost 20 percent in the nine months following the signing of the...

HELP FOR LOCAL WINE INDUSTRY TO BOOST INVESTMENT & JOBS

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed tax changes to better support wine producers who invest in their local community and create jobs. Mr Chester said the Government had enhanced the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate to better assist small to...

NEW IDEAS SOUGHT TO HELP THE YOUNG TO LAND A JOB

Young people at risk of long-term welfare dependency are the target of a new Federal Government initiative to breakdown the barriers they face to employment. Innovative ideas that help move people from welfare to work will be funded by $96 million Try, Test and Learn...

FEDERAL MP GETS BEHIND THREE HOUR SALE EXTRAVAGANZA

October 7, 2016 Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has encouraged shoppers across Gippsland to get behind a local initiative to support small businesses. Mr Chester said the Sale Business and Tourism Association’s 3 Hour Sale Extravaganza was a chance for...

SMALL BUSINESS MINISTER VISITS THE LATROBE VALLEY

“Small businesses are vital to Gippsland’s economic success and it is important for the Minister responsible to be made aware of local issues specific to our region,” Mr Chester said. “Michael has a background in running his own small businesses and he is eager to...

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