Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has sought urgent action concerning several critically important projects in Gippsland, challenging the Prime Minister to prove he will govern for all Australians.

In Parliament last week, Mr Chester raised points regarding the status of regional manufacturing projects that the previous federal government announced.

Mr Chester shared his concerns that political games and partisan politics were putting local jobs at risk.

“Prior to the election, I announced three major manufacturing projects in Gippsland, the Energy from Waste project at the Maryvale Mill, the indoor barramundi farm at Maryvale Mill associated with MainStream Aquaculture, and improved capabilities at Patties Foods in Bairnsdale,” Mr Chester said.

“These projects were a combined investment of over $80 million for Gippsland and vital for long-term sustainable jobs in regions like the Latrobe Valley, which will go through a major transition over the next couple of decades.

“The previous federal government was prepared to put funding on the table to ensure the investments came forward and provided an opportunity to work in partnership with private industry.”

Mr Chester said the projects help in boosting local jobs, reduce costs and make businesses more sustainable.

“The projects at Maryvale Mill are critically important, not only for the mill employees but also for new opportunities and an expanded workforce,” he said.

“Patties Foods in Bairnsdale is the world’s largest savoury pie factory and has grown from a small family business to an international one in the past 50 years.

“Investing in improved robotics will help with the production of the range of goods including, pies and sausage rolls as the company continues to grow and provide goods all over the world.”

Mr Chester had already written to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese regarding the funding of the projects before attending Parliament last week.

“I have written and received a response from the Prime Minister regarding the projects and was advised they were all under review,” Mr Chester said.

“The new Prime Minister has made a lot of claims about governing for all Australians, including the regions; now we will see whether he is fair dinkum or not. I urge the Prime Minister and his government to do the right thing and support these projects, which have already been through a rigorous process and will support Gippsland jobs and families for years to come.”