ENCHANCING AUSTRALIA’S DISASTER PREPAREDENESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY CAPABILITY
11 May 2023
In less than a year, the Australian Government has taken major steps to significantly enhance the country’s natural hazard preparedness, response and recovery capability.
Building on the establishment of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in September 2022 and the up to $1 billion Disaster Ready Fund from July 2023, the Australian Government has announced initiatives in the 2023-24 Federal Budget that will ensure a cohesive approach to natural hazard preparedness, emergency response, and recovery.
FEDERAL BUDGET DELIVERS FOR LOCAL PEOPLE
10 May 2023
Last night’s Budget focuses on easing cost-of-living pressures and lays the foundation for a stronger economy and a fairer society. It’s a Budget that delivers for local people.
A centrepiece of the Budget is a $14.6 billion cost-of-living package to help Australians doing it tough.
GUIDELINES RELEASED FOR NEW REGIONAL GRANTS PROGRAM
08 May 2023
Grant guidelines have now been released for the first round of the Australian Government’s new $600 million Growing Regions Program, with expressions of interest to open on July 5 this year.
The October 2022-23 Budget established new grants programs to replace the discredited programs run by the Liberals and Nationals.
MORE FUNDING FOR LOCAL ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES
03 May 2023
The Labor Government is delivering on our election commitment to provide an extra $250 million dollars for road projects in rural, regional and outer-urban areas under Phase 4 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
BENDIGO ELECTORATE TO BENEFIT FROM CHEAPER MEDICINES
28 April 2023
Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP welcomes changes which will allow some patients requiring routine medication to buy two months’ worth of medicine for the price of a single prescription.
The Labor Government has announced changes to pharmacy dispensing that will ease cost of living pressures and make hundreds of common medicines cheaper.
NEW DATA HIGHLIGHTS BULK BILLING CRISIS IN THE BENDIGO ELECTORATE
24 April 2023
Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling for improved access to bulk billing services in the Bendigo Electorate as new data is released.
Department of Health and Aged Care reporting into GP bulk billing access rates shows that in the year to June 2022, the Bendigo Electorate had one of the lowest rates of access to bulk billing GP services in Australia.
VICTORIAN GRANT RECIPIENTS LEADING THE WAY IN FORESTRY INNOVATION
20 April 2023
More than $10 million in funding will be allocated to timber manufacturing companies across the state to encourage further innovation in the industry.
The Albanese Government today announced the successful recipients of the Accelerate Adoption of Wood Processing Innovation (AAWPI) grant program.
CHESTERS LAUNCHES NEW SCHOOL BOOK DONATIONS PROGRAM
06 April 2023
Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has launched her 2023 School Book Donation Program today at Kangaroo Flat Primary School.
NEW REBATES TO HELP CENTRAL VICTORIAN SCHOOLS VISIT CANBERRA
28 March 2023
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is encouraging local schools to take advantage of new rebates to visit the nation’s capital in 2023.
New rebates for schools and available via the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program will make it more affordable for schools and students across the country to visit Canberra this year as part of their civics and citizenship education.
BENDIGO NAMED AS ONE OF THE FIRST ENDOMETRIOSIS AND PELVIC PAIN CLINICS
22 March 2023
Bendigo has been named as one of the first Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinics in Australia.
Bendigo Community Health Services will receive more than $700,000 over four years, towards support for hiring specialised staff, investment in equipment or fit outs, as well as resources, training, and development.