Local Issues

Hazlewood Power Station

Engie and Mitsui, the joint owners of Hazelwood, have taken an independent commercial decision to cease operating the facility in March 2017.

Hazelwood is not only a provider of baseload power for Victoria, meeting 22 per cent of its energy demand, it is also a provider of baseload jobs for the Latrobe Valley.

The Federal Government has announced $43 million in additional investment to the Latrobe Valley, including $3 million in employment support for Hazelwood workers, a $20 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package to assist local small to medium businesses, and a $20 million regional jobs and infrastructure fund.

Mr Chester is one of five Cabinet Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to lead a Ministerial Committee to co-ordinate and oversee the Federal Government’s response to the Hazelwood decision.

The committee will work together with all levels of government and the community to ensure that the Latrobe Valley community, in particular the affected workers and their families, are well placed to manage the transition following the closure of Hazelwood.

GIPPSLAND JOBS FAIR TO ASSIST THE COMMUNITY

People in the Gippsland area, including those affected by the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station and Mine, will be able to explore new job opportunities and connect with potential employers at an Australian Government Jobs Fair. Minister for Employment, Senator...

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...

LATROBE VALLEY WORKERS ARE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S FIRST PRIORITY

Hazelwood is not just a provider of baseload energy, it's a provider of baseload jobs in our community. The social and economic impacts of a premature closure would be devastating for the Latrobe Valley at a time when we are already experiencing high unemployment...

VOLUNTEER GROUPS TO RECEIVE A HELPING HAND

The Volunteer Grants program provides funding between $1000 and $5000 to help organisations buy equipment, train volunteers, and support fuel costs. “I am pleased that so many local groups will get much-needed support,” Mr Chester said. “Our communities rely heavily...

AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION

May 26, 2015 Mr CHESTER  (Gippsland—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence) (16:09): I appreciate the opportunity to update the House on a community issue within the Latrobe Valley regarding the future of the Australian Securities and Investments...

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CHURCHILL

March 6, 2015 Mr CHESTER  (Gippsland—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence) (10:38): It is with great pleasure that I rise and speak today about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the township of Churchill, which is in my electorate of Gippsland. For those...

6TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BLACK SATURDAY BUSHFIRES

February 11, 2015 Mr CHESTER  (Gippsland—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence) (09:45): I appreciate the opportunity to reflect today on the anniversaries of major fire events that have occurred in my electorate of Gippsland during my time as a member...

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