The 2018 Budget is a reflection of a healthy economy and a plan to ensure that strong economic growth can continue to be secured and shared.
The Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Budget is a clear indication the economy is back on track.
He said the continuation of the Building Better Regions Fund with a further $200 million, $45million of which will enhance regional tourism infrastructure, and the successful Stronger Communities Programme, with an additional $22.5 million is more good news for the electorate.
“I am particularly pleased both these programmes will continue to provide funding opportunities and I’m equally pleased to see the extension of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade programme which will continue to deliver better access and safety upgrades to airstrips in my
“Local councils in my electorate will also benefit from an early payment of 50
“This cash injection of more than $1.2 billion will give councils the opportunity to start work immediately on new projects and to benefit from additional interest on cash in the bank.”
He said the Government is also helping older people stay in their own home for longer through more
“Already well over a thousand local businesses in Parkes have benefitted from this popular small business
As Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment I am particularly pleased to see a $15million business engagement package to position Australian businesses to seize global opportunities and support them in the process.
“This funding will help tackle non-tariff barriers which cost our exporters billions in lost revenue, combat protectionism and enable proactive engagement with the business
He said the Government has committed more than $51.3million to grow agricultural exports, including funding an extra six Agricultural Counsellors in key
“This will ensure we capture the gains from new exports agreements like the TPP-11, the Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
“The agricultural counsellor network helps farmers build strong relationships with key trading partners. It also provides vital market intelligence and works through trade barriers.”