Coulton’s Catch Up – Vaccine rollout continues, Indigenous rangers for Murray-Darling Basin, Enhancing research in regional areas

Vaccine rollout continues, despite setback It was great to catch up with Andrea and Rhonda from Associate Medical Practice in Moree last week to see how their COVID-19 vaccine rollout is going. The clinic has been participating in Phase 1B of the vaccination program for two weeks now and by all accounts it’s going well…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Further $26 million to fix Parkes roads, $81 million for Basin projects, Upskilling our regional workforce

Further $26 million to fix Parkes roads In a massive win for the Parkes electorate, 19 new road upgrades worth more than $26 million are rolling out under the latest round of the Australian and NSW Governments’ accelerated Fixing Local Roads program to improve local roads and create thousands of local jobs in the regions.…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Government supports flood clean-up, Five groups receive Inland Rail grants, Apply now for 2021 Volunteer Grants

Government supports flood clean-up On Friday I visited Moree to assess the damage of the flood that went through town and offer Federal Government assistance to those most impacted. The flood peaked at 10.43 metres on Thursday morning and although it didn’t quite reach the levels of the 2012 flood, many homes and businesses were…

Coulton’s Catch Up – GPs join COVID-19 rollout as Phase 1B begins, New training scheme to boost bush doctors, Paying farmers for biodiversity

GPs join COVID-19 rollout as Phase 1B begins This week some of the most vulnerable people in the Parkes electorate will start to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination as Phase 1B begins. Phase 1B includes anyone aged 70 years and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 years and over, and people with…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Dubbo medical school construction underway, Inland Rail jobs available, New apprentice and trainee jobs for locals

Dubbo medical school construction underway To get more doctors in the bush, we need to train more doctors in the bush, so last week I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the construction site of the new medical school being built in Dubbo. Construction began recently, with work on the world-class facility expected…

Coulton’s Catch Up – $16 million road safety investment, Cash injection for two community projects, Murray-Darling Basin grants open

$16 million road safety investment for our region A whopping $16 million investment from the Federal and NSW Governments will see key infrastructure improvements underway in the Parkes electorate in the coming months. Last week I announced $8.9 million for safety upgrades to the Newell Highway at Redbank, south of Coonabarabran, $2.7 million for further…

Coulton’s Catch Up – $30 million Inland Rail signalling contract awarded, Binnaway Showground facilities upgrades complete, New online safety bill introduced

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton inspected the new seating and shade sails at Binnaway Showground with Binnaway Show Society president Harry Powell. $30 million Inland Rail signalling contract awarded I was pleased to announce that the $30 million signalling and rail systems contract for Inland Rail has been awarded to global company…

Coulton’s Catch Up – COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins, Disaster assistance following storms and floods, Mobile Black Spot Program closing soon

Photo: Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton (centre) and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack (right) inspected DHL Supply Chain’s large scale ultra-cold storage infrastructure with DHL Australia CEO Saul Resnick last week. COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins This…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Silverton Road to be upgraded, Grants available for community groups, Three Heywire winners in the Parkes electorate

Silverton Road to be upgraded I’m pleased to announce that work is this week beginning to seal and widen an 18-kilometre section of road that connects Broken Hill with the iconic Silverton. The $1.4 million project to upgrade Silverton Road will provide reliable, all-weather access to the historic mining village. Works involve widening the road…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Boost for regional pharmacies, Call for more people to become organ donors, Parliament resumes for 2021

Boost for regional pharmacies I recently announced changes to the Regional Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance (RPMA) program, which will assist community pharmacies in maintaining access to medicines and healthcare services. Pharmacies across the Parkes electorate, including in Dubbo, Coonabarabran and Wilcannia, are among more than 400 additional pharmacies which are now eligible to apply for the…