Media Releases

One in twelve Bendigo kids aren't meeting minimum standards

The Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today called on the State Coalition government to sign up to the Federal Labor Government’s National Plan for School Improvement as urgent funding is needed for central Victorian Schools.

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National Youth Week – Young people will benefit from NBN

Young people in Central Victoria will be among the biggest beneficiaries from Labor’s National Broadband Network, according to Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

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National Youth Week 2013 - New Awards for Young Australians

As part of National Youth Week 2013 the Gillard Government has announced the first National Youth Awards will be held in August to recognise and celebrate young people and promote the contribution they make to our nation.

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Super changes welcome and fair

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the changes to superannuation announced by the Federal Labor Government. Ms Chesters noted that the changes would make the system fairer, and would have no impact at all on the vast majority of retirees in the Bendigo Electorate.

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Regional Rail Link under threat from future Federal Coalition

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said today that only the Federal Labor Government can be trusted to deliver the Regional Rail Link – a fact confirmed by the extraordinary comments from Tony Abbott today.

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Minister Davis wide of the mark

The claims by State Minister for Health, David Davis, regarding the effect carbon pricing is having on services at the State’s hospitals are greatly exaggerated, Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said today.

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Penalty Rates saved for this Easter for Bendigo & Central Vic workers

This Easter workers are relieved that their penalty rates will not be removed or drastically reduced after seeing off yet another attack on their wages and conditions.

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Coalition tries to sell gas lighting to Central Victorians

In February 1879, the chairman of the Bendigo Gas Company assured his shareholders that the board had “given full consideration to the subject of the electric light” and on the basis of “trials before scientific men in London” had concluded there was no reason to believe that electricity would supersede gas for “ordinary lighting purposes.” i

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Federal Labor boost to high quality, affordable child care

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the Federal Labor Government’s announcement to boost support for high quality and affordable child care.

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New funding to support our volunteers

Applications for the Gillard Government’s Volunteer Grants program are now open and Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, is encouraging Central Victorian community organisations to apply for funding.

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More money for Bendigo and Central Victorian pensioners

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the Labor Government’s boost to the household budgets of about 3.5 million Australian pensioners this month with an increase in the pension and the start of the new Clean Energy Supplement.

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Applications for community heritage grants now open

The Gillard Government’s Your Community Heritage program is helping conserve Australia’s nationally significant historic sites and Federal candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, is encouraging funding applications from groups throughout Central Victoria.

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$325 000 for safer roads for truck drivers in central Victoria

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, welcomed today’s announcement by the Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, that new loading ramps, loading pens and lights will be installed in livestock saleyards right across Australia, including here in central Victoria. These upgrades will help protect truck drivers who are involved in transporting livestock.

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Labor support for university students

Federal Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said today that the Federal Labor Government understands times are tough for some university students and is working hard help students tackle the cost of study.

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Backing Local Jobs

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, plans to meet industry and workers throughout Central Victoria and the Macedon Ranges to discuss how this region could benefit from the Gillard Labor Government’s $1 billion Plan for Australian Jobs.

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Donate for Life

On Sunday 24 February, Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters will join Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King and Men's Health Ambassador Tim Mathieson at the Robyn Hookes Shield Cricket Match at the Canterbury Park Oval, Eaglehawk.

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Living longer, living better in Bendigo

Federal Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, joined Federal Minister for Ageing today in Bendigo to report back to the community on the Government’s $3.7 billion aged care reforms.

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Tackling depression in the workplace

Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters was today joined by the Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler to launch Cobaw Community Health Services’ new workplace wellbeing training program People Trust.

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Candidate welcomes reduction in Pension Deeming Rates

Bendigo Labor candidate, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the announcement by Ministers Macklin and Shorten of the reduction in pension deeming rates from 20th March this year.

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Recognising Environmentalists

Nominations are open for the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year and Young Environmentalist of the Year awards, Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said today.

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Castlemaine manufacturer cuts power bills and carbon emissions

The Victoria Carpet Company is reducing its power bills and carbon emissions with the help of a grant of almost $60,000 from the Gillard Labor Government’s $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs.

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New Minister for Defence Materiel invited to Bendigo

Labor candidate for the Federal seat of Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has welcomed the appointment of Mike Kelly as Minister for Defence Materiel.

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Labor Candidate welcomes Election Announcement

While welcoming the announcement of the Federal election date of 14th September, Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, spoke about the Gillard Labor governments’ achievements in Bendigo.

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Federal Communications Minister to visit Bendigo

Bendigo business operators will have a great opportunity to hear an update on the progress of the National Broadband Network when the Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, visits the city next week.

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Bendigo's own Australia Day heroes

While the naming of the Australians of the Year is always an exciting event, Australia Day is also a good time to remember all the unsung heroes in our own communities, according to Lisa Chesters, Labor’s candidate for the Federal seat of Bendigo.

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More students get a helping hand to attend university

A record number of students are now receiving financial support from the Gillard Government to go to university, according to Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

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New Year brings New Financial Support for Families

The seasonal cheer will continue into the New Year for many Central Victorian families when the Gillard Government’s new Schoolkids Bonus and Dad and Partner Pay Scheme start on 1 January.

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Castlemaine gets Arts Funding Boost

Lisa Chesters, Labor Candidate for Bendigo, has today welcomed the announcement that two Castlemaine based arts groups have secured funding in the latest round of the Gillard Labor Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

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Castlemaine celebrates its past while looking to the future

Mount Alexander Shire Council is helping to preserve our past, while leading the way to a more sustainable low carbon future, endorsed Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said today.

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Bendigo apprentice receives $15,000 in back-pay

Endorsed Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has welcomed the recovery of $15,000 in back-pay for a local apprentice through intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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