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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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Chesters promotes eye safety to mark 1 year since cancer treatment

Chesters promotes eye safety to mark 1 year since cancer treatment

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP will be giving away ‘trademark red’ sunglasses at this year’s Bendigo Agricultural Show, marking 1 year since her eye cancer treatment.

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Bendigo Rallies for a Rise in the Newstart Rate

Bendigo Rallies for a Rise in the Newstart Rate

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP will gather with community members, welfare groups and organisations at Bendigo’s Sidney Myer Place to call for a rise in the Newstart Rate.

“We are calling on the Liberal National Government to increase the Newstart allowance to deliver relief from poverty and help people get into work,” Ms Chesters said.

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CHESTERS ENCOURAGES LOCALS TO MAKE SUBMISSION TO NEWSTART INQUIRY

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is encouraging Central Victorians receiving Newstart payments to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the ‘Adequacy of Newstart and related payments’.

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Liberals must commit to preschool funding this Early Learning Matters Week

Liberals must commit to preschool funding this Early Learning Matters Week

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is shining the spotlight on the importance and value of early education, this Early Learning Matters Week.

“Early education is vital because of the proven positive impact it has on the development of children,” Chesters said. 

“We know that quality learning experiences in the first five years of a child’s life play an integral role in their development.

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Local Sporting Champions Grants Awarded to Bendigo's Young Sports Stars

Local Sporting Champions  Grants Awarded to Bendigo's Young Sports Stars

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, will join 21 local recipients of the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions grants at a celebration ceremony at the Bendigo Stadium today (August 20).

“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.

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Chesters Supports Rise in Newstart Rate

Chesters Supports Rise in Newstart Rate

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has thrown her support behind raising the Newstart allowance.

“Any one of us could find ourselves looking for work, or extra work, to make ends meet.

“Newstart is too low – it’s so low that people are being pushed into poverty and its preventing people from getting work.

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Huntly SES Shed Upgrade Complete Thanks to Federal Grant

Huntly SES Shed Upgrade Complete Thanks to Federal Grant

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP has toured the completed shed upgrade at the Huntly SES, made possible through a Federal Government Grant.

“I’m proud that this upgrade was made possible through a Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme,” Chesters said.

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More support for Nurse Practitioners could ease local GP crisis

More support for Nurse Practitioners could ease local GP crisis

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Federal Government to adopt the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce Recommendations for Nurse Practitioners, in a bid to ease pressures on local GP clinics.

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Central Victorians Bear the Brunt of Morrison's Uni Cuts

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP has raised concerns for Bendigo’s LaTrobe Uni due to the Coalition Government’s freeze on university places.

“Uni classes resume this week, but more students could be attending if it wasn’t for the Government’s cuts to university.

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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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