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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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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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