New Year, More Support for Central Victorian Small Businesses

25 January 2023

The Australian Government is delivering more funding to allow small businesses to access free mental health and financial counselling support.

Bendigo Families to Get Dental Care They Need Following Extension to Child Dental Services Program

23 January 2023

The Australian Government is ensuring vulnerable children will continue to get the dental care they need under the national Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).

First Round of Billion Dollar Disaster Ready Fund Now Open to Bendigo Electorate

19 January 2023

Bendigo’s disaster defences could get a boost, with applications open for the Albanese Government’s new Disaster Ready Fund (DRF).

Cheaper Medicines to Benefit Central Victorians from January 1

21 December 2022

Good news for central Victorians relying on prescription medications into the New Year, with cost-of-living relief coming their way.

For the first time in its 75-year history, the maximum cost of general scripts under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will fall.

Indexation to Benefit Young Central Victorians from January 1

19 December 2022

More than 1500 young people, carers and students across the Bendigo electorate are set to receive a boost to their social security payments when indexation increases take effect on 1 January 2023.

Recipients of Youth Allowance will see the largest indexation increase to their payment since it began in 1998.

Doctors and nurse practitioners living and working in parts of central Victoria will have their HELP debt wiped under legislation introduced by the Australian Government.

06 December 2022

Doctors and nurse practitioners living and working in parts of central Victoria will have their HELP debt wiped under legislation introduced by the Australian Government.

Local Sporting Champions Grants Awarded to Bendigo's Young Champions

05 December 2022

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has announced 13 successful recipients of Round 2 of the 2022-23 Local Sporting Champions Grants and Local Para Champions Grants.

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative to provide financial assistance for young people.

Chesters Urges City of Greater Bendigo to Reconsider In-Home Aged Care Decision

23 November 2022

The City of Greater Bendigo’s decision to end their in-home aged care services on June 30, 2023 is deeply disappointing. 

Particularly, given the Federal Government's decision to extend existing funding arrangements until 30 June 2024.

Supporting Those in Need This Christmas

15 November 2022

Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has again joined forces with Kangaroo Flat Uniting to launch their annual Christmas Drive.

Each year, the program helps to provide Christmas presents to hundreds of local children and assist families with food relief heading into the festive season.

Supporting Flooded Central Victorians Return to Work and Play

02 November 2022

Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters says the Australian and Victorian Governments $877 million Recovery Support package will support Central Victorian businesses, farmers, not-for-profits and sporting clubs to rebuild and return to trade as quickly as possible, following the recent devastating floods.