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Chesters Welcomes Bushmaster Contract at Thales Bendigo

Chesters Welcomes Bushmaster Contract at Thales Bendigo

A $75million contract has been secured by Bendigo’s Thales factory to build 43 new Bushmasters for the New Zealand Defence Force.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has welcomed the news, congratulating Thales on their ongoing defence manufacturing.

“This is fantastic news for Thales and its staff,” Chesters said.

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Now is the Time to Fund Sporting Infrastructure Upgrades

Now is the Time to Fund Sporting Infrastructure Upgrades

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP is calling on the Federal Government to provide funding for local sporting infrastructure projects.


“With covid-19 restrictions forcing leagues to cancel their seasons, now is an ideal time for building works and upgrades to happen,” Chesters said.


“The list of clubs that have contacted me to say they require an upgrade is endless.

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JobKeeper Must be Extended for Travel Industry

JobKeeper Must be Extended for Travel Industry

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP has met with travel industry experts in Castlemaine to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to demand the extension of JobKeeper.

“There’s no doubt that the travel industry has been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Chesters said.

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Higher JobSeeker Rate is Changing Lives

Higher JobSeeker Rate is Changing Lives

Central Victorian JobSeeker (formerly NewStart) recipients have shared their experiences since receiving a higher payment rate, due to the $550 Coronavirus supplement.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said concerns are growing, with the rate set to snap back to around $40 a day, or $567.70 a fortnight in just 85 days.  

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Justice Demanded for Central Victorian Robodebt Victims

Justice Demanded for Central Victorian Robodebt Victims

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is demanding justice for local Robodebt victims and calling on the Morrison Government to refund all debt and rule out reducing to such a scheme again.

“Many Central Victorians have contacted my office over the past few years after receiving confusing Centrelink debt notices as high as almost $40,000,” Chesters said.

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Round 4 Local Sporting Champs Grants Awarded to Bendigo's Young Champions

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has announced 16 successful recipients of Round 4 of the 2019-20 Local Sporting Champions Grants.

“Playing sport at competition level takes passion, dedication and hard work.  It also involves extensive travel, training, specialist equipment and clothing, and as many parents have told me, all those costs add up,” Chesters said.

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Local Businesses Want JobKeeper Expanded and Extended

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has released the findings of the COVID-19 business survey, after contacting more than 100 local businesses.

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LaTrobe Uni Job Cuts are Liberal Government's Fault

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is demanding the Federal Liberal Government to urgently increase LaTrobe University funding or allow them to access the JobKeeper scheme.

“It is devastating to learn that Latrobe University will cut jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Chesters said.

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Local Businesses Encouraged to Complete COVID19 Business Survey

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has launched a survey to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across Central Victorian businesses.

 

“We know many businesses across our regional have closed, reduced hours or laid off staff because of the pandemic.

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New Shelters Unveiled at Shadforth Park Thanks to Stronger Communities Grant

New team shelters have been installed at Shadforth Park in North Bendigo thanks to a federal government grant.

 

The Golden City Soccer Club received $10,100 through the Stronger Communities Programme.

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Locals Urged to Have Their Say on Government Response to COVID-19

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is encouraging locals to make a submission to the new Senate Inquiry into the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Morrison Government Must Keep the Rate

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Morrison Government to keep the higher rate of JobSeeker and Youth Allowance.

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Anzac Day 2020 an Opportunity for Personal Reflection on Service and Sacrifice

ANZAC DAY 2020 IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION ON SERVICE AND SACRIFICE

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said that while local Anzac Day events have had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were many ways that people could mark the occasion. 

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JobKeeper Must Be Extended to Casual Workers

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Morrison Government to extend the JobKeeper payment to Central Victorian workers who have been left behind.

“I am deeply concerned that far too many local workers will still miss out,” Chesters said.

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Central Victorian Early Learning Sector Cannot Wait Any Longer for Support

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Federal Government to provide urgent support to our local early learning sector.

“I’ve spoken with childcare providers across Central Victoria who are pleading for urgent support.

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Bring Our People Home

Stranded Central Victorians are increasingly desperate for clarity from the Morrison Government on how it is helping them get to safety.

With borders and airports closing, airlines cancelling services, and only five days of international Qantas and Virgin flights remaining, time is running out for Australians trying to follow the Government’s advice to come home.

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Chesters Reminds Locals to Respect Retail Workers

Chesters Reminds Locals to Respect Retail Workers

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is reminding residents to think about the impact of abuse and violence on workers in the retail and fast food industries, as Central Victorians prepare for the impact of COVID-19.


“We are navigating a new and difficult situation with many unknowns and as stores manage stock levels, I’d like to remind local residents to be patient and show respect to staff,” Chesters said.

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Chesters Unveils 'Pimp My Slide' Project at Bendigo Discovery

Chesters Unveils 'Pimp My Slide' Project at Bendigo Discovery

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has unveiled upgrades to the vertical slide at Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre thanks to federal funding.
Discovery received $11,000 through the Stronger Communities Program for their ‘Pimp My Slide’ project.
“This exhibit, based at Discovery, will become part of their ongoing commitment to build science capacity in both children and their families,” Chesters said.

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Central Victorian Clubs Invited to Sports Rorts Public Hearing

Central Victorian Clubs Invited to Sports Rorts Public Hearing

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has met with members of the Kyneton District Soccer Club to show her support ahead of Thursday’s Public Hearing by the Senate Select Committee on the Administration of Sports Grants.

It comes after the club were caught up in the ‘Sports Rorts’ saga, missing out on funding to upgrade their pitch through the Community Sport Infrastructure program, despite receiving a score of 87/100 from Sport Australia.

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Chesters Calls for Community Support for Women in Need

Chesters Calls for Community Support for Women in Need

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling for donations of female hygiene products and toiletries for vulnerable community members, in the lead up to International Women’s Day.

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Heathcote Primary School to Receive $20,000 for Oval Upgrade

Heathcote Primary School to Receive $20,000 for Oval Upgrade

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has visited Heathcote Primary School to announce $20,000 in federal funding for an oval refurbishment.

The school is one of 15 across the Bendigo electorate to receive a share of $200,000 through the Local Schools Community Fund.

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Tanya Plibersek launches 100 Businesses in 100 Days campaign in Bendigo

Tanya Plibersek launches 100 Businesses in 100 Days campaign in Bendigo

In Bendigo today, Labor’s education and training spokesperson, Tanya Plibersek, announced she will visit 100 businesses in the next 100 days as part of a national listening tour to hear whether employers are able to recruit the skilled staff they need.

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Bendigo Sporting Clubs Dudded by McCormack and Morrison

Bendigo Sporting Clubs Dudded by McCormack and Morrison

Sporting clubs in the Bendigo electorate missed out on grants for better facilities because the Morrison Government skewed funding toward city seats it was targeting to win last year’s Federal election.

The Female Facilities & Water Safety Stream was designed to provide grants to fund female change facilities at sporting clubs in rural and regional areas to encourage greater female participation in sport.

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Central Victorian Schools Receive Federal Funding

Central Victorian Schools Receive Federal Funding

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has visited St Therese’s Primary School in Kennington to announce their success in receiving $9,293 in federal funding.

The school is one of 15 across the Bendigo electorate to receive a share of $200,000 through the Local Schools Community Fund.

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Bendigo Ripped Off by Sports Grants Rort

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling for immediate funding for projects dudded by Bridget McKenzie’s sports grant scheme.

“The Bendigo electorate has been ripped off by this rort,” Chesters said.

“Our community has potentially missed out on almost $1million dollars of sporting infrastructure upgrades because of a corrupt process. We deserve our fair share.”

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Doctors Visit Costs are Sky High Under the Liberals

Doctors Visit Costs are Sky High Under the Liberals

Official new data confirms what people in the Bendigo electorate already know – that health costs have never been higher than under Scott Morrison.

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Chesters urges Central Victorians to help those in need this Christmas

Chesters urges Central Victorians to help those in need this Christmas

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters will today launch her 2019 Christmas Donation Drive.

 

“Once again, I’m encouraging locals to join me in supporting the Uniting Emergency Relief Assistance Centres in Kangaroo Flat and Bendigo,” Chesters said.

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It's time to act now on aged care in Bendigo

It's time to act now on aged care in Bendigo

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has today launched a community campaign urgently calling on the Morrison Liberal Government to act now on aged care in Central Victoria.

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Chesters reminds locals to respect workers in retail and fast food industries

Chesters reminds locals to respect workers in retail and fast food industries

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is reminding residents that ‘No one Deserves a Serve’, highlighting the impact of abuse and violence on workers in the retail and fast food industries.

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Chesters urges Federal Government to remember Bendigo this MYEFO

Chesters urges Federal Government to remember Bendigo this MYEFO

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP is calling on the Liberal Government to fund Bendigo electorate community infrastructure projects in the upcoming Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).

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