Media Releases

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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Labor wins huge funding boost for Central Victorian roads

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP today welcomed the Government's decision to back a plan that will secure more than $1.1 billion in additional funding for regional roads as part of a compromise to pass the Government’s re-introduction of indexation for fuel excise.

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Outrageous: Bendigo parents could be forced to pay for public education

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is outraged at the Government's radical proposal to force parents to pay high public school fees.  

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Cuts to hurt Bendigo part-pensioners

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said today that hundreds of Bendigo and central Victorian part-pensioners will lose out as a result of the Liberal Government’s unfair pension cuts. 

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Chesters makes $99 pledge to save Discovery Centre

Lisa Chesters MP has joined the drive to save Bendigo’s iconic Discovery Science and Technology Centre by pledging $99 for a year-long family membership.

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Local Senators must support 'free vote' on Marriage Equality

Today Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, is calling on local senators to publicly declare their support for a 'free vote' on marriage equality.

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Labor launches Fair Work Taskforce

The Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Brendan O’Connor today officially launched Labor’s new Fair Work Taskforce with Chair, Lisa Chesters MP and Secretary, Senator Chris Ketter.

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Castlemaine State Festival funding in limbo

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters and State Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, today joined Martin Paten, Director of the Castlemaine State Festival, to call on Senator George Brandis to end uncertainty about future funding for the Castlemaine State Festival.

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Australia Post fails to rule out further job losses

Yesterday, during Senate Estimates in Federal Parliament, Australia Post failed to rule out further job losses in regional Australia as a result of proposed changes to the way mail is delivered in Australia.

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Chesters rattles tin for 50 years of the Red Shield Appeal

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, is ready to rattle a tin for the Salvos this weekend as part of their annual Red Shield Appeal, now in its 50th year.

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NATSEM analysis proves families in Central Vic will be worse off

Independent economic modelling by NATSEM has revealed the true cost to families of this year’s Federal Budget, and once again it is families on the lowest income who will be hardest hit.

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Media statement - Hazeldene's

This week I have had the opportunity to meet with John Hazeldene and representatives from management at Hazeldene’s. I also met off-site with a delegation of Hazeldene’s employees and former employees.

In the meetings I expressed my concerns about employment practices at the site, particularly the pay and conditions of workers at the facility who are employed by contractors, some of whom are on temporary visas.

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