Media Releases

Ravenswood re-announcement con is insulting to Central Victorians

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, said the Government’s attempt to re-announce funding commitments   that predate even the last Budget was a sign of how little this Budget has to offer Central Victorians.

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Federal Budget disappoints (again)

Central Victorians have been hit with another disappointing Federal budget that fails to create new local jobs and continues the Abbott Government’s cruel cuts regime.

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More jobs lost as Federal Liberal Government shuts doors on country Australia

More local public sectors jobs will be cut and lost as a result of Federal Liberal Government’s decision to shut the regional offices of the department responsible for regional development, says Lisa Chesters MP.

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Abbott Government must commit to Bendigo defence manufacturing

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has expressed grave concerns for the future of local defence manufacturing and has called on the Abbott government to commit to delivering the Hawkei project in Bendigo.

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Abbott must not short-change Bendigo in Budget

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, said the Victorian Labor Government has delivered more funding to Bendigo in its first six months than the Abbott Liberal Government has in two years.

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Chesters welcomes Council’s commitment to HACC services

Lisa Chesters MP has welcomed news 160 jobs have been saved thanks to a commitment from the City of Greater Bendigo to deliver Health and Community Care (HACC) services for the next three years.

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Chesters welcomes Shadow Minister Bird to Bendigo

The Liberal Govermnent’s harsh cuts to apprenticeships will be top of the agenda today when Lisa Chesters welcomes Shadow Minister for Vocational Training, Sharon Bird to Bendigo.

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LABOR MPs RALLY TO SAVE UNIVERSAL KINDER FUNDING

Bendigo’s three Labor MPs – Lisa Chesters, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards – are rallying to save Labor’s universal access program which gives every child in Australia 15 hours per week of preschool or kindergarten education in the year before they start school.

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Chesters unveils painting by Bendigo artist to mark ANZAC Centenary

The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, was at the Bendigo & District RSL today to unveil a magnificent oil painting by local artist, Brett Belot, as part of the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. 

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Next stop Bendigo for Shadow Minister Neumann’s listening tour

Closing the gap and aged care reform will be on the agenda when Lisa Chesters MP welcomes the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Ageing, Shayne Neumann MP, to Bendigo.

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Chesters to celebrate multicultural Bendigo with Shadow Minister Rowland

Lisa Chesters MP is inviting residents to join Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michelle Rowland MP, for lunch and a positive discussion about multiculturalism in Bendigo at the Golden Dragon Museum on Thursday 16 April.

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Turnbull’s April 1st NBN plan is a bad joke

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, said the joke was on Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, if he thought Bendigo would fall for his April Fools NBN plan which she said was a half-baked version of the roll-out map Labor released two years ago.

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Chesters marks ANZAC centenary with a personal letter to the fallen

Last night, the Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, shared her letter to an unknown soldier at the launch of The Women of Empire 1914-1918 exhibition at the Capital Theatre.

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Chesters calls on ACCC to investigate unscrupulous training providers in Victoria

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, is calling on the Australian Competition and Consumer Authority (ACCC) to investigate training providers in Victoria, following claims Bendigo residents have been misled into incurring thousands of dollars’ worth of debt.  

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Chesters welcomes Senate Inquiry into temporary working visas

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has welcomed yesterday’s announcement there will be a Senate Inquiry into the impact of Australia’s temporary work visa programs.

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Chesters backs calls to keep Bernie

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has joined Labor colleague, Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan, in throwing her support behind Bendigo Spirit coach Bernie Harrower.

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Chesters welcomes Bendigo’s newest Australians

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, today extends a warm welcome to Bendigo’s newest citizens.

Ms Chesters said she was very proud that since the start of 2015 67 new citizens have chosen to make Bendigo their home. 

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Chesters welcomes imminent upgrade for Ravenswood Interchange

The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has welcomed news that the vital upgrade to the Ravenswood Interchange will begin this year.

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Chesters worried Australia Post reforms will cost jobs

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today called on the Minister for Communications, Malcom Turnbull, to rule out massive jobs losses and post office closures in Bendigo and Central Victoria.

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MPs join call to save Bendigo Early Learning Centre

27 February 2015: Bendigo’s three Labor MPs - Lisa Chesters, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards - have joined calls from parents and families for the City of Greater Bendigo (COGB) to reverse its decision to close the Bendigo Early Learning Centre (BELC). 

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Chesters expresses outrage at Federal Government’s grant cuts

The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, today expressed her outrage at the Federal Liberal Government’s decision to freeze indexation for Financial Assistance Grants, leaving the City of Greater Bendigo $2.7M worse off.

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Chesters welcomes Shadow Treasurer to Bendigo

Students at Bendigo Senior Secondary College will today (19 February) get to rub shoulders with the Shadow Treasurer, the Hon. Chris Bowen, and the Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

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Chesters thrilled to launch Bendigo City FC

The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, will officially launch Bendigo’s own soccer team, Bendigo City FC, when she presents the team with their strips at a celebration tonight.

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Chesters tables petition on the broadcasting of women’s sport in Parliament

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today tabled a new petition calling on the Federal Government and the ABC to continue the national television broadcasting of women’s sport, including the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) games. 

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New freezer gets warm reception at community lunch

Lisa Chesters MP, Federal Member for Bendigo, today received an even warmer than usual reception at Kyneton’s Community Lunch, following her donation of a much-needed freezer to the Kyneton Community & Learning Centre.

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Chesters launching petition to stand up for women’s sport on our ABC

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, launched a new petition calling on the Federal Government and the ABC to restore the National Broadcasting of WNBL matches today. 

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Abbott government attacks regional Australia with unfair fuel tax

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters today voiced concern that higher petrol prices in regional areas means that locals are paying more in petrol tax to the Abbott Liberal Government than their city-dwelling counterparts. 

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New Year's reprieve for Bendigo and Central Victorians from Abbott's unfair budget cuts

Central Victorians will benefit from a New Year's reprieve from  some of Tony Abbott’s most unfair Budget cuts.

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Hawkei contract must be signed in 2015

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, is today calling on Kevin Andrews, the new Minster for Defence, to make the signing of the Hawkei Contract his first act. 

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Chesters standing up for jobs in Education

Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters today called on the La Trobe University leadership to speak out against the Federal Liberal Government cuts to universities. 

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