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Chesters back to Parliament

Chesters back to Parliament

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, will return to Canberra today for the first sitting week of Parliament for 2016 with a long list of priorities for the Bendigo electorate, including restoring La Trobe University funding cuts, turning the NBN towers on and greater support for our welfare agencies.

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Shadow Minister for Communications in town to learn about impact of NBN delays on Bendigo

Shadow Minister for Communications in town to learn about impact of NBN delays on Bendigo

Lisa Chesters MP is inviting residents to meet with the Shadow Minister for Communications, Jason Clare, to talk about the region’s internet connectivity issues and the impact of delays to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

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Rising back-to-school costs put pressure on local relief agencies

Rising back-to-school costs put pressure on local relief agencies

Lisa Chesters MP today joined staff at the Uniting Care Emergency Relief Centre on Forest Street as they prepare to help a growing number of local families who are struggling to cope with increasing costs of sending children back to school.

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Christmas comes early to Bendigo’s young sporting stars

Lisa Chesters MP will join the best and brightest of the region’s young sporting community tonight to celebrate each receiving a $500 grant as part of the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program.

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Chesters: Labor commits to TAFE funding

One of Federal Labor's first policy announcements will be to guarantee Federal Government funding for TAFE including the Bendigo Kangan Institute, says Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP. 

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Chesters welcomes $5m for Aquatic Centre

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has welcomed news the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre will receive $5 million in funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund, ticking off another item on her first term agenda.

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Chesters calls on PM to back his words on jobs for Bendigo

Federal Member for Bendigo today called on the Prime Minister to revise his Government's plan to axe 50 local jobs given his claim today in Parliament that he wanted "more jobs for Bendigo."

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Labor’s Family Violence Leave announcement will help local women and men

Labor’s Family Violence Leave announcement will help local women and men

A Shorten Labor Government will make domestic and family violence leave a universal workplace right; to further support those suffering family and domestic violence in the Central Victorian community.

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Bendigo to mark inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Bendigo to mark inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Bendigo will celebrate its ambitious, successful and entrepreneurial women on November 19.

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GST changes will force more Bendigo households into poverty

The Turnbull Government’s moves to lift the GST to 15 per cent and extend the tax to health, education and fresh food would be a disastrous blow to Bendigo‘s health outcomes and household budgets, said Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP.

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Discovery Centre ready for green light

Federal Member for Bendigo today will be joined by representatives from the Discovery Centre who hope to get the green light for a $13,000 Stronger Communities grant application submitted to the Federal Government last week. 

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Gilbert Gordon Oval ready for green light

Federal Member for Bendigo today will be joined by representatives from the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group who hope to get the green light for a $6,500 Stronger Communities grant application submitted to the Federal Government last week. 

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Central Victorian Stronger Communities Projects ready for green light

Federal Member for Bendigo today will be joined by Castlemaine State Festival representatives who hope to get their green light for a $18,000 Stronger Communities grant application submitted to the Federal Government last week. 

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Grants Available to Support our Volunteers

Grants Available to Support our Volunteers

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

"It appears the Federal Government has found some spare cash to support volunteer based organisations. This is great news! 

"In previous years these grants have been very popular with Bendigo and Central Victorian groups and organisations.” 

 

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National redress: Under Labor it will happen

A Shorten Labor Government will establish a National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. 

The establishment of a National Redress Scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 

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Labor wins China FTA Safeguards for Bendigo Jobs

Labor wins China FTA Safeguards for Bendigo Jobs

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, today welcomes the announcement the Liberal Government has agreed to Labor’s proposed Free Trade Agreement safeguards which will help protect local Bendigo jobs. 

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Labor’s China FTA safeguards will help save local jobs

Today Labor outlined how we will help save Central Victorian jobs by proposing amendments to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) to safeguard local jobs, said Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP.

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City & Chesters team up for Eat. Drink. Shop Bendigo campaign

City & Chesters team up for Eat. Drink. Shop Bendigo campaign

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has announced plans for the next phase of the Eat. Drink. Shop Bendigo campaign, alongside Stan Liacos, Director of City Futures at the City of Greater Bendigo.

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Hawkei gives horsepower to ADF and defence industry

Hawkei gives horsepower to ADF and defence industry

Labor welcomes the announcement today that Thales Australia’s Hawkei Light Protected Vehicle will be acquired by Defence under Project LAND 121 Phase 4.

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Labor’s Higher Education plan to see Bendigo become a ‘university city’

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, today said Labor’s positive plan for higher education will deliver more graduates in Central Victoria and see Bendigo become a university city. 

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NDIS set to rollout to Bendigo and Central Victoria

NDIS set to rollout to Bendigo and Central Victoria

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP was proud to join Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews at Parliament House today for the signing of the historic bilateral agreement with the Federal Government to rollout the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria.

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Turnbull must sign Hawkei contract ASAP

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, is today calling on the new Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull to make the signing of the Hawkei Contract one of his first acts.

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Shadow Minister in Bendigo for local industry policy announcement

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, will today hold an innovation and advanced manufacturing round table with leaders from local industry and Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Industry, Senator Kim Carr. 

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Regional telecommunications talk but no action

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, today said the Minister for Communications’ commitment to regional Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure is nothing but empty promises. 

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$500 grants give Bendigo’s young champions a sporting chance

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, will join 19 local recipients of the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions grants at a celebration ceremony at Bendigo stadium this Friday afternoon (Friday 14 August).

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Labor's Fair Work Taskforce to hold hearings in the NT this week

The need for jobs Territorians can count on is expected to dominate hearings in the Northern Territory this week as Labor's Fair Work Taskforce moves to the Top End.

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Shadow AG joins calls in Bendigo to secure family violence funding

Funding for vital family violence services will be top of the agenda when Shadow Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC MP, joins Lisa Chesters MP and Chris Sedgman, Acting Executive Officer of the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre for a tour of the Magistrates’ Courts in Bendigo today.

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Chesters welcomes $580,000 for home support across Central Victoria

Lisa Chesters MP has welcomed a $580,000 funding boost that will provide home support for older people, younger people with disabilities and their carers, allowing them to live independently for longer.

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Chesters gathers stakeholders to discuss Bendigo’s disability housing crisis

A group of stakeholders, including representatives from local, state and federal government, and local disability services, will meet today to address issues surrounding the lack of appropriate safe and affordable disability housing in Bendigo. 

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Netherlands Bushmaster purchase good for jobs

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has welcomed news the Netherlands has ordered 12 Bendigo-made Bushmasters and said the purchase was a huge tick of approval for local defence manufacturing capability.

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