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Jobs and Small Business

Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and their support is vital for local sporting clubs, schools and community groups.

Shopping locally or supporting local tradespeople and service providers is the best way we can help to create jobs and give our kids a future in Gippsland. 

Partners In Training’s classrooms

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester dropped in on local nursing students when he visited Partners In Training’s classrooms in Raymond Street, Sale.  Pictured are nursing students Penella Elmer (far left) and Maree Wells with Partners in Training Chief...

NEW APP FOR YOUNG LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS

Budding young entrepreneurs who’ve started their own business – or are planning to – can now use a new app to ensure their enterprise gets off to a smooth start. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said several government departments and agencies had banded...

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...

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