Media Releases

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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$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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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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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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Chesters welcomes Affordable Housing Grants

Endorsed Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, tonight congratulated the successful applicants for a number of $38,800 affordable housing grants at the Viewpoint Huntly development.

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Boost for our Valued Volunteers on International Volunteers Day

More than 90 local community organisations in the Bendigo Electorate will benefit from the Federal Labor Government’s Volunteer Grants program, Lisa Chesters, Labor Candidate for Bendigo said today.

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Support your local retailers this Christmas

Buying your Christmas presents and produce from local traders, and buying locally made products, will help boost the central Victorian economy, endorsed Federal candidate Lisa Chesters said today.

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Federal Financial Services Minister to visit Bendigo

Bendigo has a great story to tell Minister for Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, when he visits the city next week, according to endorsed Federal Labor candidate, Lisa Chesters.

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White Ribbon Day Support

This year’s White Ribbon events and activities are an opportunity for every member of community to say “No more!” to violence against women, Labor candidate for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said today.

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Coalition shows lack of understanding on Childcare

Labor-endorsed candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today said that the announcement by the Coalition for a Productivity Commission review of childcare highlights their lack of understanding of the current childcare sector crisis Bendigo families are facing. 

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Proud to join Mums and Dads at Historic Childcare Rally

Labor-endorsed candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, will be proud to join childcare educators, parents and supporters from communities across Victoria in a historic rally on Saturday, November 17 to save quality childcare from a crisis threatening the future of our kids.

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New grants to support smarter energy use across the community

The Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the announcement of new funding rounds for three energy efficiency grant programs by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus.

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New funding for regional tourism

A new grants program to help regional tourism businesses to improve their offerings is now open for applications, Lisa Chesters, Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, said today.

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Regional Development Australia Fund delivering

The announcement by the Regional Australia Minister, Simon Crean, of two of the remaining three rounds of funding from the Regional Development Australia Fund is great news for Central Victoria, Federal Labor Candidate Lisa Chesters said today.

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