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Penalty Rate Cut to hit Central Victorians from July 1

Penalty Rate Cut to hit Central Victorians from July 1

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is warning Central Victorians that the next round of cuts to penalty rates for hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy workers take effect from today (Monday, July 1). 

“Every July since 2017, penalty rates have been slashed. Labor committed to reversing these cuts,” Chesters said.

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Chesters returns to Canberra to fight for Bendigo electorate

Chesters returns to Canberra to fight for Bendigo electorate

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is preparing to return to Canberra next week for the opening of the 46th Parliament, determined to fight for funding for the Bendigo electorate.

“Labor committed almost $30million for community infrastructure projects in the Bendigo electorate during the election campaign, but the Liberals committed zero.” Chesters said.

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Lisa Chesters supports Refugee Week

Lisa Chesters supports Refugee Week

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is encouraging Central Victorians to celebrate diversity, this World Refugee Day.  

“Today is world refugee day which is a great reminder that there are a number of ways residents across the Bendigo electorate can show their support to refugees in our own backyard,” Chesters said.

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Prime Minister's Broken Tax Cut Promise to Hurt Bendigo

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has warned Central Victorians they will not receive tax cuts this July, as promised by the Prime Minister in the lead up to the election.

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Government's Hypocrisy on Deeming Rates Hurting Bendigo Pensioners

Government's Hypocrisy on Deeming Rates Hurting Bendigo Pensioners

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has called on the Liberal Government to urgently review the pension deeming rates, which are leaving Central Victorian pensioners out of pocket.

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Labor Commits Millions to the Bendigo Electorate

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has detailed how the Bendigo electorate will be better off under a Labor Government.

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Central Victorian Childcare Workers Welcome Labor's Commtment to Increase Wages and Childcare Affordability

Central Victorian Childcare Workers Welcome Labor's Commtment to Increase Wages and Childcare Affordability

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has met with early childhood workers at Goodstart Early Learning in Golden Square to discuss Labor’s commitment to improve child care affordability and fund professional wages.

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Labor will Invest in the Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub

Labor will Invest in the Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub

A Shorten Labor Government will improve health services in the Castlemaine region with a $5 million investment in the Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub, assisting Castlemaine District Community Health. 

This election is a choice between better health and hospitals under a united Shorten Labor Government, versus more cuts and chaos under Scott Morrison and the Liberals.  

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Labor to deliver $50million to the Calder Freeway

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $50 million to upgrade the Calder Freeway between Gap Road and the M80. 

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said the proposed upgrade will deliver enormous benefits to the Bendigo electorate by reducing congestion, improving travel times and increasing safety. 

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Labor Commits to Invest in Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail

Labor Commits to Invest in Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail

A Shorten Labor Government would invest $5 million in a new tourist bike trail through the heart of the central highlands region.

The Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail will pass through a range of beautiful landscapes and become a major tourism attraction for the region.

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Labor's National Rail Plan Welcomed by Bendigo Manufacturers

Labor's National Rail Plan Welcomed by Bendigo Manufacturers

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has visited the Bendigo Rail Workshop to discuss how Labor’s National Rail Plan will impact local manufacturers.

 “A Shorten Labor Government will ensure that more trains are built in Australia by local manufacturing workers – establishing a National Rail Plan,” Chesters said.

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Solar to Deliver Cheaper Energy Bills for Central Victorian Schools

Solar to Deliver Cheaper Energy Bills for Central Victorian Schools

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters says Central Victorian schools will be able to reduce energy bills and access cleaner energy under Labor’s Solar Schools program.

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Labor will invest in upgrades at Bendigo Electorate schools

Labor will invest in upgrades at Bendigo Electorate schools

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has announced a Labor Government will invest in upgrades at schools across the Bendigo electorate, in addition to funding announced via Labor’s Fair Go for Schools plan.

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LABOR COMMITSTO NEW FEMALE CHANGE ROOMS IN QUARRY HILL AND HARCOURT

LABOR COMMITSTO NEW FEMALE CHANGE ROOMS IN  QUARRY HILL AND HARCOURT

A Labor Government will invest $675,000 to build additional female change rooms in Quarry Hill and Harcourt.

The West Bendigo Cricket Club, based at Ken Wust Oval in Quarry Hill, will receive $425,000 which will be used to pay for a new purpose designed female friendly change room building.

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LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPS GRANTS AWARDED TO BENDIGO’S YOUNG CHAMPIONS

LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPS GRANTS AWARDED TO BENDIGO’S YOUNG CHAMPIONS

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, will join 15 local recipients of the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions grants at a celebration ceremony at the Bendigo Mountain Bike Club Pavilion in Spring Gully today (April 30).

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Labor will invest $245million to improve mobile blackspots

Labor will invest $245million to improve mobile blackspots

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $245 million to address mobile black spots, improve digital literacy and fund local projects to improve connectivity in regional communities. 

This $245 million commitment shows Labor is the party most committed to regional communications, and it forms part of our broader commitment to support local productivity, jobs and enhanced connectivity in regional Australia. 

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Labor will improve Healthcare in Bendigo

Labor will improve Healthcare in Bendigo

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has announced how Labor’s plan to fix our hospitals will benefit Central Victoria.

Labor’s $2.8 billion Better Hospitals Fund will reverse the Liberals’ cuts and be used to improve funding to every hospital in the country, fund vital upgrades, and drive down elective surgery and emergency department waiting times.

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Labor will reverse cuts to Cobaw Community Health

Labor will reverse cuts to Cobaw Community Health

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including $210,000 to Cobaw Community Health Services.  

 

Scott Morrison and his Liberals are cutting funding for many emergency relief services at the end of this calendar year including Cobaw Community Health Services.  

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Labor will fund new footpaths across Central Victoria

Labor will fund new footpaths across Central Victoria

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $600,000 to improve community links in the Bendigo electorate.

If elected, Labor will give $400,000 to the City of Greater Bendigo and $200,000 to the Macedon Ranges Shire to top up their funds to construct footpaths in Maiden Gully, Epsom, Strathfieldsaye and Kyneton.

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Labor will fund Bendigo Airport Terminal Expansion

Labor will fund Bendigo Airport Terminal Expansion

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $4.4 million to fund the expansion of the Bendigo Airport Terminal.

Our regional airports should be equipped with modern facilities and meet security standards.  

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Labor's Plan to Tackle Plastic and Waste in Central Victoria

Labor's Plan to Tackle Plastic and Waste in Central Victoria

A Labor Government will invest $290 million to cut waste, tackle plastic use and boost recycling to ensure a cleaner Australia for future generations and introduce a national ban on lightweight, single use plastic bags and microbeads from 2021.

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Labor will fund La Trobe Rural Road Trauma Research Hub

Labor will fund La Trobe Rural Road Trauma Research Hub

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is proud to announce a Labor Government will contribute $2 million towards establishing the Rural Road Trauma Research Hub at La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus.

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Better Care for Kids with Cancer and People with Metastatic Cancer in Bendigo

Labor’s plan to fund nine Camp Quality Family Liaison Coordinators around Australia including one in Bendigo, will benefit children battling childhood cancer and their families.

Bendigo will also benefit from Labor’s plan to fund 24 metastatic cancer nurses around Australia, boosting care and support for locals who face this awful diagnosis. 

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Labor will Fund Upgrades at Canterbury Park

Labor will Fund Upgrades at Canterbury Park

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has announced that a Labor Government will fund $125 000 for upgrades at Canterbury Park in Eaglehawk.

The funding is the final amount required to ensure the completion of new lights, scoreboard and ground audio for Canterbury Park.

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Labor's Budget Reply is Better for Bendigo

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said Labor’s budget reply last night is better for the people of Bendigo than the Budget plan put forward by the Liberal’s.

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Fake Surplus: Liberal Budget Propped Up by NDIS Under-spend

Last night’s Budget confirms that the Liberal Government has used funding designated for support for people with disability to prop up its pre-election budget.

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Labor will fund Bendigo Showgrounds Project

Labor will fund Bendigo Showgrounds Project

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has announced that a Labor Government will commit $933 208 for the Bendigo Showgrounds to complete the second stage of the Regional Events Centre Development.

“I’m proud that a Labor Government will deliver for the Bendigo Showgrounds,” Chesters said. 

“I’ve met with a number of users and stakeholders at recent Bendigo Showgrounds Markets who have signed petitions in support for this funding.”

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Thales Production Shutdown Disaster at the Hands of the Liberal Government

Thales Production Shutdown Disaster at the Hands of the Liberal Government

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has denounced the Federal Liberal Government for their mismanagement of the Hawkei contract at Thales in Bendigo.

It’s now confirmed that workers at the defence manufacturer have been advised of a shutdown period from 8 April to 26 April, due to an issue with engine supply from Austrian manufacturer, Steyr.

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Labor Will Improve Cost of Living for Central Victorians

Labor Will Improve Cost of Living for Central Victorians

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has revealed Labor’s plan to improve the cost of living, on the back of a startling report from Victoria’s Energy and Water Ombudsman.

“A recent report has named Bendigo as having one of the highest rates of financial hardship in the state.”

“This report highlights just how tough things are for households across the Bendigo electorate.”

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Liberals fail to fund Bendigo Airport Terminal Redevelopment

Liberals fail to fund Bendigo Airport Terminal Redevelopment

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is disappointed the Liberal Government has rejected a funding application for the Bendigo Airport terminal redevelopment.

“I condemn the Liberal’s decision not to fund this project; it’s very disappointing and demonstrates just how out of touch this Federal Government is with Bendigo.”

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